I just recently joined and now they're being shut down. Drat!
Count me in on a new forum please.
I can understand why Steve is shutting them down and wish him the best for his future. Transitions can be very hard, not only on the person going through it but on everyone connected to that person as well. Like a catapillar some growth processes requires us to withdraw from the world around us as much as possible.
I was gonna say "But at the same time since he knew this was coming he should have tried to find somebody to take over and move the whole forums to a different website." Yet I remember, from his blog, that he fought against closing the forums for the benefit of all who come here. He tried desperately to hold on to something that he needed to let go of.
And when Steve finally closes the forums on the one hand it will feel like freedom and fresh air. On the other hand it is probably be one of the most difficult and wrenching things he's ever done.
My heart and respect goes out to him.