Despite the claims that the forums aren't closing, moving the forum button all the way down the page and moving the activity + technical feedback to Discord definitely doesn't help. The forums were already incredibly difficult to access as a mobile user (no link on the app, and even if you were to somehow find it, you could only access the forums from the browser and NOT from the app... and more often than not, the mobile version of the forum wouldn't even let you log in). This alone is enough to pretty much destroy what little visibility the forum used to have. Add to that that the new "Community" tab on the app doesn't even mention the forums (but has a link to Discord) and... yeah, things aren't looking good.
Automatically closing threads after 30 days of inactivity "to prevent spam" isn't going to help either: people who want to spam their comic will just create MORE spam threads if the old ones end up dying. The forums also have a huge problem with duplicate threads in which people ask the same questions over and over again. Closing old threads means that such threads will only increase in numbers, because if people have a question regarding an issue that's already been discussed, they'll have no choice but to create a new thread, instead of just asking for clarifications in the already existing threads.
A much easier way to prevent spam would have been to make it so that people could only post in the "Promotion" section once every 24 hours, just like on Discord. As someone else said, actions speak louder than words, and it's really hard to believe that there is no intention to kill the forums at this point, when everything that's been done since the creation of the Discord server seems to point in that direction.
Usual disclaimer: not hating on the staff, the forum mods or the Discord server. I like Discord, it's a nice place and I like the community on there, but as I already pointed out MANY times lately, as someone living in a different time zone and whose native language is not English, I find it hard to keep up with the conversation there and being an active member of the community. Hence why I -and others, I see- worry about the fate of the forums.