I joined. I then forgot all about the membership. I returned today, I logged in and tried to edit the “first post” that WordPress inserts into your blog. I submitted the edit, I waited for the page to reload. I have 3MBPS DSL, the page reload took over 45 seconds to complete. I see that the webpage which took so long to load needed over 200 different elements to be downloaded: 178 items which Firefox classifies as ‘links’, 40 items called ‘media’. In the media class, there are images (“http://s-ssl.wordpress.com/i/wpcombar_bkg-grey.png”) which are 1 pixel wide and just 56 pixels tall. Good gravy, people, 45 seconds for DSL to load a single page?
Talk about ‘web improvements’ that are shoved at us yet nobody sees any difference!