I guess the question would be why have Slack gone to all the effort of making this complicated, and…
Steven Renwick

Steven Renwick, yes, agree! I don’t think Slack ever intended for custom profile fields to be repurposed for away messages, because as you note, the process is pretty convoluted, and the away messages are only visible on the profile.

The steps I outlined in my piece were simply a workaround my team and I use for implementing custom away messages in Slack, which leverages the UI features currently available in the platform. I would love to see custom away messages officially implemented more seamlessly and elegantly in the app.

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.