Like thisMay I suggest social networking pages for the site (Facebook, Twitter for updates on downtime in case there is any, etc.)
If you are referring to the sideblock on the right of the forums then that box is collapsible and it should remain closed if you stay logged in. I don't want any to worry about any social media pages but it unfortunately seems to be essential in today's online world so we play along. In fact lots of running a website is devoted to how attractive it looks to Google instead of just trying to improve it. That's why there are some really antiquated math sites that were probably coded with all html in 2002 still get major hits from tough keywords.