Joining www.cruciverb.com as a regular member is free of charge. However, a Gold Membership gives you access to other special tools including:
PLEASE NOTE: The data made available to you with a Gold Membership is for crossword construction or solving purposes only. It must not be used to build or enhance competing products and services.
Gold Memberships are given to those who make contributions toward the cost of running this site. These memberships do expire after a period of time to ensure continued contributions (and to ensure the continued existence of the site). I encourage those who find the database tool useful to contribute $35 per year. If the database helps you create and sell just one puzzle, you've already made back your investment!
The easiest way to make a donation is via PayPal. When you do this, your membership and expiry date are set immediately and you get access to the goodies with no delay. This is assuming your PayPal email address is the same as the one you used to register on this site. If this is not the case, I'll have to set your membership manually.
If you make a donation and you already have time left on your membership, the membership is extended by the appropriate period of time. For example, if your membership expires on Dec. 16, 2008 and you make a $100 donation, the new expiry date is Dec. 16, 2011.
Finally, please keep in mind that this is a donation-based arrangement, not fee-based. I welcome donations in order to help out, and those donations are rewarded with a Gold Membership. However, I cannot make any promises or guarantees of any kind with regard to service levels, feature requests, or anything else. All I can guarantee is that I will do my best to keep this resource available to the crossword constructing community as long as I am able to. The web site and list have been running since 1995 and I have no reason to think that'll stop any time soon, but I do need to make the donation aspect clear.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support,