I wasn’t available to restart the server into offline mode at the time.
The forums are as alive as you want them to be. Most people prefer to talk in-game, no surprise. I post things here that need to be long term discussions… thus, 2 hours before a response is normal. It’s not a chat room.
I should add that login servers going down means almost all Minecraft servers go down. At least we have a contingency for that now. Unfortunately there’s no available way to automate it. It requires a manual restart.