[thesacredpath and timethief: You have pointed out that you are not Staff. But this is a bug related to the auto-renew matter. I already sent a message to "support contact" and received a non-responsive reply (see below). I am hoping that the Staff who may be monitoring this topic will be able to understand the problem.]
After I posted the comment above, I went to the upgrade page to renew my upgrade subscriptions. Three of those subscriptions have an anniversary in February. The anniversary of the fourth is in April. Last year I renewed all of them at the same time (4 separate transactions, but all one right after the other in a few minutes). All done; forget about it till the following year.
Yesterday, however, I was only able to renew the subscriptions with a February anniversary. The April subscription appeared on the upgrade page, but the only control available for it was a button that said "Disable Auto Renew", which I clicked because I do not want any automatic renewals; so now the only available control is a button that says "Enable Auto Renew". No way to renew the April subscription until the server decides the anniversary is close enough, by whatever criteria it uses, and provides a control for renewing.
I sent a message through the "contact support" mechanism. This message may not be a model of clarity and I tried to fit it into the "I did, I saw, I expected" paradigm of the contact form. But I think it is understandable:
I did: Renewed the subscriptions on some of my upgrades. But one
subscription is on a cycle 11 weeks later than the others. Last year I
was able to renew that one at the same time as the others.
I saw: The later subscription appears on the upgrade page with a
notation that it will expire in April, but there is no control with
which to renew it now. Apparently I have to wait around until your
server thinks the renewal date is close enough rather than just
getting all the renewals out of the way at once.
I expected: To be able to do all the renewals at one time and not
think about it again until next year.
A "Happiness Engineer" replied as follows:
We offer auto-renewal of upgrades on this screen:
[my blog's URL]/wp-admin/paid-upgrades.php
You can enable or cancel auto-renewal any time. I hope that will work for you!
This is not support. I am not certain from this reply whether the "Happiness Engineer" even read my message. This does not seem like a promising route for getting a bug report transmitted to the programming Staff.
So, to whatever more senior Staff may be paying attention to this topic: in the course of implementing an option for automatic renewal of upgrade subscriptions (a feature which I can not use), you removed the ability to manually renew all one's upgrade subscriptions at the same time. You made my life harder, not easier.
It does not have to be this way. You should provide a "Renew" (or "Renew Now" or "Renew Manually") button along with the button about automatic renewal. It would be especially useful for my situation and useful also for any account where automatic renewal is disabled. But also if, on some particular occasion, automatic renewal is not suitable for someone who normally uses it, he or she would be able to simply preempt it by renewing manually without needing to change the automatic setting.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this bug.