There seems to be some confusion on membership fees for which we apologise. We are currently updating the site to eliminate this confusion and meanwhile, we would like to clarify the situation.
If you are an existing member and were signed up on the old site, your membership has been transferred to the new site and you are a VIP member which entitles you to lifetime membership free of charge. When you originally joined, you paid a one-off donation for lifetime membership and that has been carried over.
Unfortunately due to privacy laws, we are not allowed to transfer passwords and so the only requirement in order to continue your free lifetime membership is to re-register your password. The new system will offer to generate a password (which will be a complex series of characters) but you can overwrite this and enter a password of your choice. The system may then indicate that your password choice is weak but you can choose to accept this or make your password more complex.
If you have any problem with the re-registration, then please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will set and notify you of a temporary password which you can change when you log in.
In the past, the benefit of membership was full access to the forum. That benefit continues but in addition you now have full, free and unlimited access to the Market Place (classifieds) and we are in the process of creating other 'members only' benefits. We also welcome any suggestions as to what additional benefits you would like to see.
To confirm, there is no additional cost to anyone that was a registered member on the old site.
Going forward and only applicable to new members, we are changing from the one-off donation to an annual donation.
When we acquired the site it was running at a financial loss and of course we have since invested in totally new software and development. We now have a dynamic and flexible site which we can grow and develop and it is our intention to work hard to achieve this in the best interest of our members. None of this could be done from the old site because the software was out of date and all sorts of complex manual processes were necessary just to keep on top of the forum membership, never mind trying to improve and enhance the site.
Once again, we apologise for any confusion and as always, we value your contribution and welcome your suggestions