Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I actually find the availability/unavailable feature (is it called Out of Office anymore?) to be quite useful.
I’m a college student, so there’s a fine line in splitting up my schedule between my studies and work. I’ve been experiencing the same “problem” (though of course we use that term lightly ) when it comes to having an influx of orders, or often customers reaching out with the interest of placing an order. Even if you take advantage of pausing certain gigs or increasing delivery time, it’s really only a matter of time before you’re simply just booked! Thus, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to be unavailable, and it’s served me greatly over the last few months as I don’t have to worry about a sudden rogue order coming out of no where, nor 5+ new messages a day that take up time.
In my experience, it has not significantly decreased my ranking. The only thing that I could possibly attribute to some sort of algorithm shift is making one gig that was not so popular, suddenly on the front page, while my most popular gig suddenly on the 5th page. All in all, the benefits outweigh the risk of shaking up my place in the algorithm for me. But do whatever you think is best! Either way, I wouldn’t be afraid of going ‘unavailable’.