Could there be a little area that's visible on all HUKD window's that tells people there are problems with the site or maybe even general site status? Maybe with the stat's at the bottom?
Been about 4 posts where people have been asking if there are problems with the site today, if there was an info panel people would be able to see the site status without wondering if it's their computer on the blink etc. etc.
Just a suggestion!! :-)