Dave, it’s never been subscription only. Subscriptions are optional and depending on the level, remove ads and make the experience much nicer. Functionally you can do everything still having no subscription.
This is also why everything is managed through PayPal. Everything is compulsorily above board. I’ve no time to manage direct debits or anyone’s payment details. Notifications have been sent to those few affected. A mass comm would be ridiculous.
Indeed, website bills have gone up, it’s expensive to have apps in all the app stores, web hosting has only gone one way, storage costs only increasing with the content being hosted increasing too, database backups cost, domain names and security certificates cost.
I’m sorry I’ve offended by not sending personal emails in advance of the PayPal comm, but at the end of the day, if the cost is now too much, please just unsubscribe. I run this, as you know, in my very limited spare time.
Around 10 members were adjusted on price. Plus a few who simply had a description change from “Website supporter” to “Bronze etc membership” and this is simply so the website code knows what membership type someone is.