Hello everyone. Sorry I have been away from the forum - I do check in every day or so to make sure it is up and running smoothly, but I have not had time to answer individual questions and concerns.
Regarding making GMG a pay site, the answer is no. GMG has and always will be free. The costs of running it are not really a "concern". The site is a labour of love and I don't mind paying for its hosting.
The subscription option is still available (its in your Profile), and subscribers do get 2 benefits - an unlimited PM inbox, and advertising is disabled. I have deliberately made the benefits of subscription fairly minor, as choosing to subscribe should be an act of support for the forum for those who can afford, rather than a way of getting extra privileges.
Unfortunately, the display of subscriber icons depends on a software plugin that is not supported by the current version of the forum. I do regularly check to see if the plugin has been updated, and will implement it as soon as it is, but no luck so far.
The Amazon links do need an update. For those who buy regularly at Amazon US, the link to use is This One
Thanks for everyone for their support.