There was a thread in the forum about getting more people involved at the forum and as with all threads, discussions veered a bit from the original post. What people became concerned about was the introduction of subscriptions to Manga Tutorials. I’ll clarify information about subscriptions in three sentences:
Membership is not required to access the tutorials, galleries, and multiple other pages in the new version just as it is now. If you would like to participate, chat with other members, and submit tutorials, videos, artwork, make your own gallery, and do commissions, you will have to register and create a free account. Should you wish to do more, though, you will have to pay a subscription which allows you to do more than the free membership allows such as having a blog, making your own groups, accessing an ad-free site, and so on.
Prices are not concrete at the moment but it should be on par with DeviantArt’s own Premium Account price range. DeviantArt’s prices as of this writing are for one month – $4.95, for three months – $7.95, and for one year – $29.95 USD ($2.50/month).
If you would like to have a subscription but do not have any money to spare, there will be of course contests and so on that will allow you to win a subscription for free. I am most likely going to offer free subscriptions to moderators and team members for the new site so that is another option up for grabs.
All in all, there are a lot of options open to you. You will not loose out on the most important aspects of this site if you do not have a subscription but if you prefer to have all the bells and whistles, then having it is, of course, a boon.