Thread drift aside (and I've moved this to Chaff), I was not intending to be snide about nonsubscribers in my original post. I was simply trying to convey that BPL Staff have recently discussed the change and opted to stick with keeping Gear Swap for paying members.
I've had delightful (DELIGHTFUL!) interactions with nonmembers, and I'm not trying to second-guess their decision to remain that way. However, for the purposes of BPL paying for, well, BPL, nonmembers have chosen not to have input other than their opinion. Those opinions are valid, but they cannot pay hosting, wages, electricity, etc. That is all I was trying to communicate.
Finally, BPL is discussing the viability of adding shorter subscription time frames (one month, three months, in addition to the one year and lifetime options) to ease in folks who might otherwise be on the fence, or who maybe have a pile of gear they'd like to sell one month without necessarily having the full year's sub. That is still in nebulous "Wouldn't it be great if?" discussion, but it's worth throwing out there.
Now, please have a lovely weekend, doing cheerful things that make your hearts beat faster. I am attending a read-around of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone with my son: proficient readers each get a part, we take turns being the narrator, and we enjoy Hogwarts-themed snacks and sips while reading. It will be Blake's first foray into that realm of witchcraft and wizardry (and I hope he enjoys the story-telling while not identifying TOO much with the death of Harry's parents).