In a move that reinforces the perception of some that Apple is losing touch with it's user base, the company has decided to make the user forum moderator team redundant and close the forums.
It's always been a rocky ride for the forums. While they did serve to inform users in many ways and provide early alerts of problems for the company, there were some questionable decisions of moderating threads critical of the company or dealing with problems that the company had not yet admitted to openly.
Personally; I think this is a really bad move by Apple, but the forums may well be replaced with something better. One can only hope.