I think I’m fairly up to date on the forums and I didn’t see where it said anything about that. Its also a very small percentage of players that even use the forums. A mass email would have been more effective in conveying this news. It’s not even an issue for me personally since I collected them all ages ago but it does seem counterintuitive to not allow a grace period to collect prizes. A lot of people were glory hunting right up to the last minute.
I’m not really sure what your issue is but you are just wrong.