Earlier today the slowdown was already in progress: the slowing down of Gather by way of active ads and banner ads which also style themselves as active. Active!
Thing is, a member could be more active on the site if wiggly ads weren't gumming up the works with every page load and every click. My style is cramped, Gather, and mama's not happy when her style is cramped.
Plenty of other Gatherers have written on the issue while I have kept politely silent even though I was biting my tongue-in-cheek...but tonight, I make an appeal:
Active ads which cannot load properly can completely keep members inactive--so it's better to show a stable ad you can depend on than continue to annoy with squirrelly ads which ruin the Gather experience to the point of a member's slowburn.
Yes, slowdown causes slowburn, you see, even in the most patient person who finally reaches the end of her tether, which may also cause ropeburn unless I miss my guess.
Slowdown + slowburn = ropeburn...it's a sad case which has befallen me here at Gather.
Even my slow dial-up connection isn't this much of a bother ordinarily so I think it has more to do with the active ads which are annoying at best and off-putting at worst. And that's off-site-putting, more's the point.
Appearing Once Again on Gather...There's More to Grouse About:
It's the long bands of color dripping from each graphic like piles of molasses but not puddly or sweet in the least...tres aggravating when you're already irritated at the ads-which-won't-load-in-this-century.
But Gather--ya know I love ya, so I'll add an image of some sort to turn my bark'n'bite into a kiss'n'smooch--but if there's anything that can be done about these ads, please don't hesitate to improve the frequent and regular slowdown of what is one of my favorite places to hang out on the web.
Please and Thanks!