Wouldn't it be less confusing for both users as well as easier for staffers [so they don't have to worry about switching up colors and such] to just have a thread here in Comms that was read only that listed all the current staffers and staffers on leave? To me it makes more sense just having a thread in which the first post is edited. Just make a thread in Comms and put a link to it in the Comms Index thread. I think the hassle of editing the first post of such a thread is far far better than adding yet another color and thus confusing people. I'm sure all staff have the ability to edit, so then the responsibility would fall to them to make sure that they added their name to the first post of such a thread as well as updating their title to "away". Adding colors to a board system that already has far far to many colors to begin with would be a bad move.....but it's not the end of the world. In the end if a user can't figure out who's online to handle a problem then it's not really a big deal IMO, it's not like it won't get taken care of eventually by someone. It's not like the forums are going to be shut down forever because something didn't get edited or taken care of right away. This isn't brain surgery. Plus if you PM'd most users around here they have absolutely no clue as to what all the colors actually mean. You've got blue, Red, colors with borders etc....I'd be suprised if you threw random PM's at users, especially newbs who would be the ones who would likely have the most problems knowing what staffers are "away" or not, knowing what color means what. I just think it makes more sense creating a thread in Comms, linking to it via the Comms Index thread which is a sticky, and leave it to the actual staffers to make sure they edit themselves in and out of the first post while also making sure their title reflects their status. Seems better than adding another color anyways. You could even dedicate one staffer whose job it is to update the proposed Comms thread when staffers go on leave.