I presume that they perform maintenance on the site/forums as well. The systems are tied together. Probably host on internal servers. They take the time to prune/moderate forum posts. Et cetra, et cetra.
The website/forums and launcher both use the same login and authentication service. Since the forums require a login to view or post, they pretty much just shut the whole thing down, as I understand it. I think you can access cache'd versions of the forums, but I'll agree with the sentiment that they should be available during the game's downtime; would be a great time to catch up on forum conversations and news.
So I heard of being able to get lightsaber crystals, and I know you can craft some from crew skills, which I heard is even harder for F2P players because we can't buy stuff from trade network. Is there another way, to get them, or if you have another way to craft that I'm missing. Also I received an email I will get a free mini-pet droid before April 1st, how do I actually get it?