If you're using 13.10 or newer see here..
As you can see the status section has been removed leaving just the Broadcast and Mail sections
To put a positive spin - open-source means you have direct access to the actual source-code. You can interrogate and change the code ... as long as you give back the code changes to others!
So here goes - the following demonstrates the code changes that are required to the package
Lets get source packages from the repository:
sudo apt-get build-dep indicator-messages
apt-get source indicator-messages
This will create a folder - name will change depending upon the package version of
indicator-messages. For 12.04 this folder is
Two modules in the folder
indicator-messages-0.6.0 will need changing.
Using your favourite editor add the line
return NULL; at or around line 80 in the function "status_items_build" shown:
At or around line 893 in the function "resort_menu" comment out the code shown with
To compile this, move up to the parent folder
Compile, make and install:
sudo make install
Logout and login.
To undo your changes:
sudo make uninstall
sudo apt-get --reinstall install indicator-messages