Has there been any stated reason WHY the new forums came about?

Not really a bashing thread, there are PLENTY of those, and I agree with most of them.
IMO, the forum changes are terrible for many reasons that are already abundantly posted.

So, out of curiosity's sake... Can anyone say WHY?
From my end, it looks like everything got broken for no reason. But that can't be the case, right?

If I had to take a guess, I'd say that the new forums were shoved down everyone's throat by a decision made by someone who ranks high enough in Turbine or WB to ignore everyone's input and the good of the game and community and to say "because I said so, now just DO IT."