Registered users, those that have registered for free, will be able to access the entire site and all content. This level of membership could have ads displayed or other means that keep costs low, such as bandwidth limiting, and stuff like that.
Supporting members are members that have donated the suggested amount to help support the site. They have no ads, and no restrictions placed on their accounts for a term of one year, once that year passes, their account will drop down to the Registered Users level. After that one year passes, if you donate the suggested amount again, your account will be moved back up to a Supporting Member for another year.
Legacy members have no restrictions, and include those users that have donated in the past years, without getting anything in return. There is no way to become a Legacy Member if you are not one already.
** Current Restrictions placed on Registered Users **
1 . A redirect to a page that explains why it's important to update (2% of your clicks)
Why to Donate:
Until recently I have always kept what it costs to run this site to myself. After being kicked off several credit card billers due to our content, I have decided the site needs to go to donation only. So now, they only way this site survives is by donations. So there comes a need to restrict those that do not donate a little bit. These things are done to offset the costs you incur on the site by not donating. I don't like doing this this way, I was forced to.
This site costs over 50K/year to run, and I can not cover all that on my own. So this is the solution. Please make sure that if you do donate, make sure you use all the correct information in reference the credit card details. What happens a lot, is that someone will donate, they will initially approve it, then several days later reverse it because some information was incorrect. If you do get that notice, please respond and fix it, or your account will be downgraded. Please include your username in the comment area when you donate, or I will have no idea who to apply the donation to.