Thanks for the heads up. Wouldn't have found out about that thread if not for the direct title of your thread here.
Steve has been talking about closing down the forums before. Maybe this is a manifestation of his desire to do just that. It's like the universe is giving him a wink and saying "Here, let me even give you a really good reason along with that."
I know it might be annoying that I'm bringing LoA into this, but why not? If we all believe in manifesting success, we should believe in manifesting failure too. We should hold ourselves accountable for all the bad things that "others" do to us. We are responsible for 100% of our lives, which means that Steve attracted this event into his life, if unconsciously.
(Or for those who follow subjective reality, you and me have attracted it.)
Just because there's a separate board for IM doesn't mean that it doesn't affect what goes on in the "real" boards, the "real" life.
Back to subject: the forum archives will remain, so all the valuable info that's been accumulated will still be accessible. That's the most important thing to me.