Original request description
It would be useful to have a freeform text area that you could enter text into - like the Unix / IRC Message Of The Day (MOTD).
This would appear in the(user home page, or in the header) show that new users could get a description of the installation, and it could be updated (infrequently) with new information for users such as upgrades, or upcoming maintenance downtime.
I would like to further refine this request to add a PRIORITY or (urgency) to the Message. So that a Message could be in the in the simplist iteration an INFORMATION (where the user can dismiss it if they choose to) or a WARNING where as they CANNOT dismiss it, and that it is HIGHLIGHTED (color?) to assure that user understands the importanncy or urgency of the information.