The thing is, I would probably too go for that (no pictures storage) where I running a forum too.
Can't blame you there haarp, it is just the right thing in the long term IMO.
Performance wise this forum, seems to be, the ultimate pick, and quite so for other reasons as well.
OTOH, in the long run we better find an long term content storage - one we can call "endorsed", or, we will again have what we had on the old forum - valuable content lost over time?
Can we find affordable (yet acceptable) storage somehow?