BTW, this site is a lot better for children, then say, Yahoo. I used to play on Yahoo, but after hundreds of games with only 1-10 min games (nobody will play you if you have anything over 10 min) and seeing nothing but scholar's mate, I realized this is a terrible site for me, or any child for that matter, to ever improve his/her chess game.
BTW, Yahoo is filled with testosterone filled teenagers that simply go too far (it's chess guys, meet girls somewhere else), and porn in general. In yahoo it's not uncommon for someone with a supposive female handle to jump into the fray and say, "Any sexy nerdy guy chess players wanna f*** me", and other rediculous stuff. The place is filled with whores, and even has sex/dating ads (created by bots of the users and even ads of the site itself), and some of those sex ads are even under age girls, it's SICK, and Yahoo has done nothing to clean it up.
The players on Yahoo are also generally unfriendly, and their forum, if you can even call it that, is such a joke, again, it's filled with sexual innuendos, and Americans and Arabs posting posts wanting to genocide each other (I'm not kiding here).
The Yahoo rating system is also rediculous, my rating is very low, only 1450, yet I have beaten 2000 plus raters before in games where we have an hour to think each. Safe to say, I seem to be underated and everyone else overated, the site is not very accurate in player strenght, I have also seen rediculous ratings of 3000 plus, and I haven't seen anyone with a rating lower then 1000. RHP rating system seems a lot more realistic to where you stand.
RHP seems a lot more friendly to children, then say, Yahoo, that's for sure.
What could be done, is if the site ever generates a huge surplus of $$$ a year due to subscription, Russ could offer, say, a free month to the users equivalent to a subscription account. This would be good for the kids, and once the budget is balanced, Russ should then offer subscriptions again. Although this may be hard to implement and may mess up others current accounts. . .