Too many people were buying the associate membership who werent qualified for it. It is for those people related to full regular members, such as spouse, son daughter, living in same household. Like Masayo, Majo, Noel and perhaps another one or two whom I’m not personally familiar.
Ordinarily CSS has only ~3 to 5 associate members, after membership signups went online, that jumped up to 40. Hmmm. A look at the list of those associate members led to the conclusion that the online store wasnt coded well enough to prevent it from being gamed. It might be getting rewritten.
Maybe the description of that membership class wasnt explained well enough, I dunno.