If that is the case... why do people have the online status when asleep/too busy/out/at work/generally away from Skype for a long period of time?
It makes no sense!!
I am honestly getting fed up with people who have the online status and yet asleep or at work or whatever, it takes less than 5 seconds to change status, Skype even has a setting that changes it automatically after a set period of time away, and it's just general courtesy.
What's even worse is when they have their status to online, you speak to them thinking they're online, then hours later they message back saying "Why did you speak when I was asleep?" and then start moaning at you when you say "Because your status was online so I assumed you were there."
In my eyes:
Online/Available - There and able to talk
Busy - There but will be slow if a respose
Away - Not there but may be later/soon
Offline - Not there
I know people like to keep computer and Skype on while asleep so it's easier and faster to get back on, but changing status isn't time consuming. I admit that when people get called away suddenly then there's no time, or if they 'pass out' then again there's no time either.... but as said in first part of this journal there's a setting that'll change it for you (and if people pass out as much as they claim then they should really go to a doctor, not healthy if half my contact list seems to pass out every day at random without even able to say "I'm getting tired" before they 'pass out').
This is just like using BRB's and Bye's; It helps the other person know there won't be a reply. It's just common decency to tell people you're leaving/can't talk while in the middle of a chat/RP, otherwise they're just left hanging there wondering where the hell you went! It's just plain rude. You wouldn't do that to someone in real life so why do it to someone online?
Don't appear online when not online
Use BRB's and Bye's when leaving.