Until everyone is on high speed internet connections flash sites are not good, it turns away many visitors. I use high speed connections (1 T-1 at work, and I recently upgraded at home to cable) but I still do not like the fancy flash sites.
And I agree, while slick (bloated) graphic sites look really cool, they're not very functional. I like the site to be quick and efficient, and I will take that over a bunch of fancy graphics.
Maybe Mudge and I are just old!
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I would almost be using Lynx if I could, but now since people dont follow W3C standards set in place it would be almost impossible to use it except on text based sites.
Now where images once were there were accurate descriptors of what the IMG was for, now often times there is not. I dont like bloat on my home computers either but I have learned to live with things like, a desktop background Generally speaking though I like things lightweight and fast, my cars and my computers, and I dont want to have to install 50 pieces of buggy software to get a website to work.
I dont want to sound like an ass but I like things that can be made to look good with simplicity and without alot of garbage on top. When it comes to graphics and stuff I dont need fluff and I am not that picky, I dont stare at the headline too much, it just happens to be there, so it doesn't bother me...