It's ruined a lot of sites, one in particular I use quite often is a "How to" auto electrical site with step by step pictures on how to do the job, Now ruined.
It's pretty depressing how many sites I come across that are now utterly broken. I get that vendors can change their terms at will and charge what they want, but for a company like WDC (which has global revenues of more than $50 BILLION
annually I might add) then surely there must be space for leaving things as they are for existing users and charging new ones? Or at least for charging existing users a more equitable fee than $400? That is just the epitome of corporate greed, and on a site that hasn't been managed particularly well for the last 4 years (and that's being nice about it!).