Quoted from the news release: "You can mine completely AFK if you want to. Rock on!"
No. I can't. Because while I stand there mining, I am being logged out by that 5 minute timer. Stop lying and remove that thing already. I am accepting the lower xp while I read posts, etc. Stop logging me out. Elder trees. Uncharted Islands. Now Mining. The timer is obsolete and unnecessary. If you insist on having one, switch it to 30 minutes.