Bug report: quick status in *every* loop

Last week I was thrilled to start playing with the Status plugin. It really is awesome. I'm using it heavily on a couple large sites now and a new pet project. But…

When you configure front-end display, it loads itself in "the_loop". That's cool. I like how it operates in the content part of the theme. But it's also loading again wherever the_loop is being called, for example, in the "recent posts" sidebar widget.

I don't exactly "hate" it, but this is weird, to say the least. Any way to defuse this behavior?