Forums are back, huzzah!
I'm not sure if it matters, but yesterday or the day before I began to receive a different error when I visited to see if the forums were back up. Instead of loading the website with the "forums are offline, etc" message it showed a white Cloudfare page that suggested the system was down (paraphrased).
Don't know if that's a helpful technical report but I'd thought I'd mention it.
Also, another technical report. While trying to use Google to read various threads I noticed that Google Cache wasn't very effective in getting what I wanted. Almost all of the Google Cache version of the pages pulled up showed the "forums are offline, etc" page instead of the Cached page. A few of them did load though, which only made the whole thing stranger.