I do realize that the star is posted next to our user name but I do not always look there and did not notice that it had gone and my membership had expired. I think it would be a good idea to send a computer generated reminder to our inbox. This would be a good ways of ensuring renewals on a timely basis.
I have let my membership lapse in the past for this very reason, so it would seem to be a cost effective move. I notice that the new membership rates do not include the opportunity to get a tee shirt included with membership. That is a shame as I always like to get one with my subscription, it gets me a lot of strange looks in the republican area where I live.