well they've reported quite a huge loss and they are firing somewhere's around 600 employees over it. Thanks Game Daily!
Wow, maybe this will tell them they need to quit fiddling around with DRM that doesn't work? Nah, it's EA we're talking about here.
If they're that strict on their forums I think I may not buy another EA product again. Last game I bought from them was Dead Space, though I didn't realize it was an EA product when I bought it (bought from Direct2Drive and didn't pay attention to publisher).
Anyway... in relation to making Spore's forums private, Flagship Studios did the opposite approach with Hellgate:London. They started off private and switched to public. I doubt it will help EA though. They can threaten all they want, but if they deactivate people's games for expressing their opinions I predict some hefty lawsuits.