The good ol days of LPU died when LPUX came out. We have always paid for summits/meetups technically. LPU 10/11 membership fee covered summits/meetups since we didn’t really have any online supplements, like a forum/blog/etc. Most of the membership went to these live events. Now that they don’t and we have all these online goodies, the money has to come from somewhere. Extra packages for extra money, don’t see a problem. Only thing I thought was lame was the ferrofluid statue thing and I argued that out on twitter w/Mike. But different levels of packages have always existed.
If you still add up everything we get in our package and online, it’s still a great deal. Especially compared to most fan sites. Will more come out later that there might have small fees attached to? Maybe. Considering everything on the internet is slowly drifting to micro transactions, I wouldn’t be surprised. Does it mean you have to pay? No. Some things in life, in my opinion, such as going to live shows, is considered a luxury, not a given. Let’s just see how things go, be positive, the band has always came through one way or another for us.
Edit - whichever post has the huge face puking, I deleted that, that’s not welcome here.