I just discovered that, despite my "supporter" status I find the member forums suddenly listed as "private" and inaccessible.
If you recall, last year around this time we comped all current Supporters to a free year of membership. That expired yesterday.
The good news is the new Supporter membership has a lot more benefits than previously. If you renew before October 12, you will save $10. If you renew before Sept. 30, you'll be eligible to win a pair of Nordica Enforcer skis!
We sent a notice to all Supporters about a month ago. The moment you renew, all your permissions will be restored.
Just out of curiousity how would one know when his renewal date actually was? I received an email about a month ago that was full of advertising for the site's sponsors but not a word regarding an actual renewal date. In fact the email specifically said "Though it may or may not be getting close to renewal time for your Supporter membership, we want to let you know about three important reasons to renew TODAY!" The gist seemed to be that, whatever your actual renewal date, renewing now would put you in the running, so to speak, to win a pair of skis. In truth I hadn't the faintest idea when my membership expires. It does seem a bit odd actually that everyone's membership expired yesterday but that we weren't told about it.
It just came as a bit of a surprise and since the label still indicated "supporter" status the situation was unclear.