Maybe it's not cricket to ask about one travel forum on another forum, but someone has to know. Why is Thorn Tree shut down? The message is very mysterious. Is there a scandal?
The Sydney Morning Herald (and associated papers) have published details of apparently what happened to cause the shutdown - http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/lonely-planet-shuts-thorn-tree-forum-over-paedophilia-posts-20121226-2bvtd.html