Flash Flash Flash Flash Whole sites built in Flash. I have respect for Flash, I really do. Go look at how Flickr uses it to manipulate and annotate images. Also note how Flickr lets you navigate and interact with the rest of the site like ... well ... a web site. The contest sites, on the other hand, went to great lengths to compensate for breaking the user's navigation by designing their own navigation.
Loading... Self-contained boxes of Flash that try to entertain while they fill the pipe full of multimedia. Splash screens. Hip techno beats playing while a metaphorical gas gauge fills. Sites spending 30 seconds on this before anything happens at all. Me reaching for the back button.
dearest jeffrey veen, you should see this website. it's enough to make you cry. it's the website of one of the graduate institutes of the school i go to. maybe of its designers/coders will see this and make a change.
--brought to you by the bad/ crippled website alert department