In the vast majority of websites I work on, clients want a homepage slideshow on there. Even when I have a job outsourced to me by an agency, they want a homepage slider. I've even had clients demand to have a homepage slider containing nothing but pointless generic STOCK PHOTOS Personally I really don't like them, I'd rather (in most cases) display all the information onscreen at once... such as through call to action boxes for instance. That way the user is better able to visit the part of the site that they are after. I think the appeal of sliders is because you can cram a load more content onto a webpage without clogging up the layout, but if the majority of it is hidden away until the slides advance, then what's the point? I hardly ever even pay attention to sliders when browsing myself. I've noticed other web designers slating them but I've struggled to find any decent usability studies on the matter. It would be great to have some so that I could justify to clients that they're not always a great idea. I'm not saying I think they are *always* a bad idea, just I think they are massively overrated and in a lot of instances it would probably make sense to have something static, yet more eye catching (as of course the design of a page can often be hindered when it needs to work with a slider). What are everybody else's thoughts?