I give as evidence this thread.
Do we really need to see flashing maps and flash RSS updating feeds? To see a post that is one line long, followed by 9 lines of signature seems rather idiotic. It's becoming rather hard to read these forums for all the updating feedburner images etc.
If I really want to see someone's blog, or who around the world is reading it, I'll subscribe to it via my RSS reader.
I'd like to see the sigs limited to maybe 2-3 lines, or maybe 20px high for images. People could put a link to their profile that would have all the RSS/maps that they wish, I think that's the proper place for it.
I don't mean to single anyone out, that's not my point. I'm just hoping that some sane limits could be put in place, it seems to be getting a little out of hand.
edit: I've just realised I can adblock these images, having done that makes things a lot nicer to view. I just wonder if others feel the same way though?