WOW I haven't even SEEN this thread before!!!
Just FYI, there IS an ignore function. If you "view" the profile of the person you wish to ignore, there should be a checkbox marked "MUTE USER." By clicking this, you will not be able to see their posts or PMs.
As far as content goes, I see no reason to restrict certain elements, such as avatars, to members who fork over cash. That kind of defeats the point of the site, as we want this to be a free and fun discussion forum. Of course, benefactors who wish to contribute are always welcome, and may contact anastasios or myself if they wish to do so. We have had a gracious benefactor this past year, who had wished to remain nameless, but he was definitely an answer to some prayers.
As far as avatars go, anastasios wanted to keep them at a set limit, but I have fixed some avatar code that should allow users to post larger images.
I am a little behind with my work, so I wasn't able to release the new version of OC.net on time earlier this month, but I can almost guarantee that during January, you will see the next version of OC.net that I have worked diligently on, and all i can say is that there are PLENTY of new features and toys to play with.
Oh, and BTW if someone is interested in being a "date/feast maintainer" I am taking applications. This would basically require you to gather various Old calendar and New calendar feasts, events and occasions, and post them on the calendar making sure we are up-to-date. I am thinking of making this a "senior board" type level position. Of course, PM me if you're interested.
Anyway, keep the comments and suggestions coming!