This is my first time back in a while, I usually renew every couple of years if I want to update--despite the product being regularly available on the Internet. Since I have a valid license, I could easily renew this way. I choose to pay, however.
If you are telling me, i can't post in the forums, read the fixed code in the posts, or generally use the forum for support without upgrading--you've lost a paying customer. I've been a member since the perl days--I'll be reviewing the original terms I purchased the product under then. If I find that it's changed since then and the original agreement is no longer being honored--I'll not be happy.