There was a notice directly above where you posted this new topic, and also at the top of every forum on the boards explaining the present situation clearly. It has been there for several days.
You can find it right here.
In general, when we have changes to the site or with the boards, it is announced promptly (and in advance when possible, as this was) and cleary with full-board site announcements.
[This message has been edited by Miz Scarlet (edited 08-18-2001).]