I managed to idle villagers [without actually idling them] by having them all work farms (but not having enough farms to work).
For reference, in the video, I had 9 villagers that I told to build a mill and two farms - they built the mill, then the two farms, but then the extras stood there (with sickles in their hands), but no Z’s above their heads. I then selected three of those villagers and moved them to the side for testing… Doesn’t seem like a big deal as the extras (all six idle villagers) still show up in the idle villager display on the bottom-left UI, however, only three of them display the Z’s above their heads.
My problem arrives when I try to use the “select all idle villagers in radius” hotkey. For some reason, they won’t get selected (all six idle villagers – I used it in the video and could only get the three with Zs) [and that’s one of the premium times to use that hotkey]. I was able to use the “select all idle villagers” hotkey, and that would select all six, but there seems to be a difference in idle villager state [between farmer idle and regular idle].
[don’t mind my friend’s comments in the video - I was doing some light raging in discord but the video only picked up his audio]