This decision really surprises me, I’ve read the committees reasons for it and still think it very odd. I’d go along with the idea of the spares scheme being members only, but the forum? That would hardly encourage new members, I think. It sounds a little like those club stands you see at shows where the folk staffing it are safely behind trestle tables and avoiding conversation with the hoi-poloi, till they have signed up and done 25 yrs service!
I will join in with the chorus asking for the decision to be turned round.