Ya, it is still a manual kick on thing on the back end. There are a couple issues: 1) we use nicknames and payment processors use real names. There are a couple things I could do to address that, but they both involve asking the member for more info. 2) I do like to touch base with those that subscribe. 3) The subscription system is primarily a way for members to support the site and it's continued existence.
So, apologies for the brief delay (all of 30mins ;)