This site is the place where questions about using Apple products and all apple programs except for iTunes Connect.
I personally want to build consensus (if there is actual consensus) to broaden that scope to allow iTunes connect questions like the one you asked.
Your question isn't complicated, is covered in Apple's FAQ that isn't something under NDA (although much of the mechanics of developing is under NDA - and most developers do not hang out here).
The only place I see for you to ask this topic currently is on Stack Overflow - but again, it's not a great fit in my eyes. I believe they prefer hard programming questions - not soft program and policy questions.
In any event - as a developer, you have email, phone and web support from Apple - so even if your account has lapsed, you can sign up for a free tier of access and still have a point to ask them about the mechanics of the program.
Please do weigh in on the discussion over here and in the chat room if you want to change things here (either for or against changing the FAQ)