I am against requiring membership to the forums for one reason. I feel the forums are a great source of information for cachers new and old and help promote better caching to some degree.
It takes a while for a new member to get accustomed to any site and to determining how valuable it is to that individual. If they were forced to pay up, even after a week's preview, they may not bother.
If it's possible for Rick to do so, letting only members submit photos to the gallery and submit articles might perhaps be an option.
DNFTT! DNFTT! DNFTT!
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