This was sudden

I thought Riot announced changes like this well in advance. Maybe I just wasn't attentive enough on the old forums but I never really saw this coming. Anyone have anything about if this was announced or not? Edit: Did some research myself and found out the boards have existed for a while, in fact a VERY long time. Seems odd though, there's still so many bugs and negligence that I thought it was still new (context anyone?). And I'm still confused about how players from all regions can speak on this new forum, because evidently League is in a different state for all regions (eg. the new SR was released on the Russian servers well before any others); it might cause some conflicting idea of the state of the game. Edit 2: The forums are still up, but only accessible via the OCE site. I am very confused now.
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