I am finding the featured threads with go to page x drop down and forward next buttons holding up page loads.
A nice feature would be to be able to customize your home page and the bottom part of the page to show the parts that you want. Kind of like iGoogle and my.yahoo.com lets you pick and choose your elements.
Advertising could remain (although I use opendns.com to block advertising sites which makes many site, not just epicski, faster) and only the content that we want would remain.
For instance, I don't want to see review and wikis at the bottom of my page. I want to see the latest posts only. I'd like to see more of them, too. I'd also like to anti-subscribe to threads that keep showing up in my activity list (all threads) so that I can say 'not interested' and never see them again.
In the home page, I don't care to see featured wiki, the featured threads, and Reviews section either. If I want them I'll find them through the menu.
I'm not going to complain about paid ads, but let me configure my pages so that I see what I want. The things I mentioned above just waste bandwidth for me and if I can eliminate them, you'll have more bandwidth, more server capacity and everyone will have faster, more useful page loads.