Hi SONSiVRi, All..
normally i do use ping to test and checking if a website is down or not and there is also some websites that check if server is down or not.
if it's possible you may add some tips to see the actual status if a user have problem to access the forum or what if you are not online and another user found difficulties entering, could any of us post some of this related problems??
This site won't disappear. If you personally have a problem, you can share it when you access again. I'll always notify you if it's a global problem.