You don't have to pay for NP, but there are a bunch of locked threads that are only for subscribers or something...I'm a member but I rarely log on.
Originally Posted by ellepixie

It's not a "fee" its called a (cough MANDATORY cough) donation LOL It was $20 to have full access to the products sub-forums. You either subscribe or had to have a certain number of posts. I was desperate and impatient so I donated. I support the "cause" so I was not bothered by it.