I was a member of DG for a few years but left quite a few years ago because I didn't like the way the site was being operated under the new ownership. I also really disliked a lot of the ugliness that seemed to be happening between members on some of the forums; it seemed like there was more arguing and nastiness happening, than a pleasant, sharing community. I left ... and never looked back! 🌿 All Things Plants 🌻 which eventually merged into The National Gardening Association became my new "home"!
edited to add: DG may still have other non-gardening related forums that you enjoy and participate in and if that's the case and you feel the subscription fee is worth it, then you have to decide for yourself whether you want to pay for access. In my opinion, when it comes to Gardening Forums and Plant Databases ... there is no comparison; garden.org
is THE BEST