Craig, the point is those other sources are all free. As members we pay for this information for one main reasons: BPL has a specific angle of lightweight backpacking that isn't considered elsewhere. If that isn't being satisfied, then wtf did/do we pay for this site other than as a repository of information. Considering how poor the search function, lack of forum stickies, and the speed of the site is, even that's not really worth the cost to keep running.
I agree, I was questioning whether to renew my membership when the members only secret exclusive web videos were offered to lifetime members and lots of promises were made regarding forums. So I bought a lifetime membership. Since then the video series has not been completed, none of the membership forums have really materialized, articles have become less frequent and the forum community is dying. Makes me feel like I wasted $100 on barely a year worth of material. If funding is rough these days its not so much that costs are going up...it's because there is less and less reason for people to pay for a membership.
So when I get another email from Ryan asking for me to support some new project I get pretty annoyed. I feel like we're paying to support a hobby and getting little in return. I'd rather pay Richard Nisely directly to keep up his excellent work on insulation and waterproofing and many other members of the MYOG community that aren't paid by the site but contribute a wealth of scientific and technical information.
I pretty much ignore BPL these days, aside from using the gear deals forum to see what's on sale. Waste of potential.