Um, yeah, there are some issues, for sure. Different ones matter to different people, depending on a whole host of factors, including browsers, devices, connection speed, user eyesight, what parts of the site are of interest, and (mostly) the very idiosyncratic and unpredictable nature of personal preferences and peeves. (Everything from "Dear Sirs, I prefer to print the gear classifieds on my dot-matrix printer in landscape orientation, using IE 3, and I find myself unable get that to work to my satisfaction" to "Dudes, I cannot believe you all aren't supporting 4D vibra-sound on the new Motorola Saggy Pants virtual helmet display that already went to pre-production last week.")
As someone who has experience with the challenges of trying to build and maintain web applications that have thousands of users, I can tell you that you can never fix all the bugs, and you can never satisfy everyone with your features. There are always things that can be made better, and forward steps are always accompanied by occasional backpedaling, necessary or accidental. If you find yourself mentally comparing this site with some really major, high profile site that is slicker and more user-friendly (eBay, Amazon, Netflix, etc.,), it's not a fair match-up. Those sites have hundreds or even thousands of people working all day every day at high wages to do nothing but achieve that level of usability. Tens or hundreds of millions of dollars are spent yearly, doing just that work on each of those sites.
I don't want to diminish or pooh-pooh the real frustrations that we all have with this site from time to time, such as the way the editor has developed a new habit of stripping out all my hard paragraph breaks (<p>) when I do a preview. But just for balance I want to give a shout out to Nolo, Cirquerider, and the others who step up and keep this operation running every day, regardless of skin. It's a great service. Thanks!
- q (whose last ski day until next winter is probably tomorrow.)