Continuing the discussion from “You have no unread topics” is a lie:
Honestly I’d consider this a “bug”, but it doesn’t fit with the Meta description for the bug category, so…
Semantically, these paragraphs are not a “footer”. People who do use
<footer> for their HTML footer on Discourse along with custom CSS for that tag, will find that this text is formatted in a surprising way.
Yes, I could avoid using the footer tag in my footer, but that’s not really resolving the issue.