How do you feel about slideshows on websites?

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We are refreshing our corporate website, and I am engaged in a debate with one of the web designers over slideshows. He wants to use a slideshow format for the page on one of our services, takes the position that "slideshows drive traffic" and insists on including it. I am of the opposite opinion. I don't think it engages viewers at all to be forced to click through a slideshow to get the information they want, and I personally hate it when I am forced to do it. Then again he is the web designer, and I am not. What I am is the guy who can prevent it from happening if I decide to press the issue. So what is the generally consensus on slideshows - go or no?

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jimlynch
Vote Up (39)

I hate them. I generally don't bother to click my way through them, most of them aren't worth the time or headaches. I don't mind articles being broken down into a reasonable number of pages, but there's no way I'm clicking through 15 slides. Ugh.

sspade
Vote Up (33)

I. Hate. Clicking. Through. Slideshows. Grrrrrr! 

 

It makes me feel like some schmuck is making me jump through hoops just to push up a click count.  Now, if there is an option to "see all", I'm fine with it, but if not, I usually won't read an article that I would otherwise have been interested in because of the slideshow format.  I know that I'm not the only one - read the comments below slideshows sometimes, there are lots of complaints.  

 

If you can keep another click-through slideshow from being created, you will have done your good deed for the day as far as I'm concerned. 

Jessica Shipman Carter
Vote Up (19)

Very annoying. I only click through them if I'm desperate for the information. Usually as soon as I see the info will require clicking through slides, I go back to my search results.

jenjenjen9999jen
Vote Up (17)

NO NO NO NO NO.  They are a huge waste of time, not only due to clicking the next page, but the IMMENSE amount of time it takes each page to load, thanks to the irritating ads.  It's like saying that drivers will engage more with their driving if they are forced to stop at a red light at each intersection. They don't "engage", they (1) try to find something to occupy the time til the light changes (2) curse the stupid traffic engineer who couldn't care less about the drivers' needs (3) vow to find another route as soon as possible, one that will get them to their destination without all the fuss.  Apply this metaphor to the slideshow, and you'll see what I mean. Oh yes, and some drivers will floor it, run the light and hope they don't crash or get caught.  NO NO NO no slide shows!!!!!

rhager
Vote Up (17)

I don't mind them if they're appropriate and well done.

STL314
Vote Up (15)

I hate slideshows with a vengence. The only reason I found this question was beacuase I Google'd, "i hate slideshow articles". No joke. I'm glad a forum of anti-slideshow hatred exsists!  The only reason I go through a select few is when I'm in meetings waiting for my turn to speak. I would much rather scroll through an article. Oh and when you're reading on your mobile device, slideshows are even worse. STOP WITH 'EM ALREADY!

fartmeister
Vote Up (7)

I absolutly hate them.  If I see one, I immediately leave the site.

TomSlick
Vote Up (4)

 

I abhor ANY type of active motion when I'm trying to read an article.  The advertisers know that, and sadistically shove that stuff at us.  To insure the slideshow movements are not halted, most websites now have the pause buttons removed.  These uncontrollable, flashing, swishing graphical movements and advertisements are GROUND ZERO for the perpetuation and escalation of Attention Deficit Disorder.  I wish a group of our sue-happy attorneys would band together and go after the people responsible for this foul outrage.

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