Greentown, the point that the members-only parts of the site can't be accessed without paying is clearly heard, and the suggestion that this stops some people becoming members, because they can't see what they're paying for till they've paid, is something I think everyone's also heard.
Various people have tried to explain what the groups and the private forums offer, and tried to help by linking that to what you say you're looking for (and not looking for) in a writers' forum.
And so this:
|I'm a bit puzzled as to what exactly you want from the members. We're not site administrators - even if we wanted to we couldn't give you access to the private members forum. You should email David Bruce if that's what you want, put your arguments to him.|
|It's a proposal. Why not join and propose it? Or propose it before you join? Or just accept this is the way it's done here and go somewhere else if you don't like it.|
about sum it up, as far as I can see.