It wasnt announced.. it was silently snuck in.
The reason for this was that the phpWS 0.8.x system that i was using wasnt functioning properly with sending out registration info and password mails.
Upgraded to phpBB 2.0.5 and reenabled registration there.
Upgraded to phpWS 0.9.2-1 which allowed me to configure the backend in a manner that means i dont have to have a user database outside the admins (me).
Unfortunately this also means that the old template doesnt work, and i simply picked the most decent looking of the default ones in phpWS 0.9.2-1
I dont have time to work on the site really, and im useless with site design. If i had it my way phpWS would be dumped altogether and a simpler system be put in place, but i dont have anyone to do that for me.
As for forum links that work, there are two of em, one on the main menu and one in the ultimateircd sub menu.
Download links i know are missing and i will be trying to fix that soon.