Sorry for rewriting my opinion here but really it should be considered again.
If it is talking about statuses, then where is Status: Offline ?
Simply we can get rid off that "Status:" thingy and it would be more sensible.
Again I didn't understand why didn't you like Messenger buddy idea. You may be right in one aspect, that is, we must modify the Away buddy, i.e., for Away icon on the forum, we must insert the clock image on an Offline buddy image