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That being said, they days of the "Totally Free Internet" are way over as people realise that maintaining a website incurrs costs just the same as any other business activity. So I am not surprised by the fees you mention. The question is whether the benifit derived by membership outweighs any costs involved, an answer only you can supply.
I gotta say though, I'd expect a prettier website from such an influential organization... heheheh.
I had to go do some research to even figure out what you were talking about, because I'd never heard of them. ;)
True, although the point I was making is the now dated misconception that everything on the net is free, even when it is not free offline.
Still, perhaps this is more an issue of forwarning members when there is a financial change to a site, which is something we can all be aware of as online marketeers.