"This is supposed to be a free site."
This IS a free site.
And you do not need to buy the app. You can access the FREE site via the web.
"Is it just turning into another community that lures you in with promises of free services only to charge you for every little thing? "
No, it is not. You do not have to pay for anything!
What are all the "every little things" that you are charged for?
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
~ Randy Pausch
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock
"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
~ 7 Years in Tibet