Occasionally, we have had a few members who, after paying for renewal, did not get their membership continued on this board. Likewise, we've had a similar thing happen when a new member paid; he wasn't automatically upgraded to member. Looking through the forms though, it seems that everything works as it should, for most people.
If you are trying to become a paid member or renew your membership and you cannot get into the Member section of the forum, please let me know right away. I can easily fix the issue manually. My direct e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.