Did you ever think about "pay-for-feature" to help make some cash to run the place.
w dollars - ability to create your own user status names
x dollars - use your own avatars
y dollars - get another (or different kind?) of pip ( )
z dollars - get yourself unbanned
zxy dollars - change your username
can be more basic too:
upload a picture
more PM space
ability to start a game thread
thought it might be a clever way to raise money. just a thought.