Originally posted by CamelClutch
I am leaning towards purchasing a USCF membership.
If you are currently a member or have been one in the past, please fill in the blank on the following two statements:
1) The thing that I enjoyed the most about being a USCF member was....
2) The most disappointing thing about being a USCF member was....
I am a lifetime member.
I enjoyed OTB tournaments, but it has been years since I've been, partially because they are not frequent in my area and partially because I have a wife and kids now. I enjoy getting a magazine, and for sure the articles could teach me a lot if I had time to carefully read them. I think online chess has reduced the demand for OTB tournaments which has resulted there being fewer of them.
Someone else said it though, the USCF is astonishingly far behind in using the Internet. So much so, I fear for their long term survival. It used to be that the USCF was the only practical place to go to get a meaningful rating, but this site and many others do that well. The USCF is pretty slow updating your rating.
As I said, I have a lifetime membership, but there's a good chance it won't be around as long as I am.