The mere fact that you had to spend a couple of months 'getting adjusted' to the new photo gallery is telling in and of itself. No one should really have to get adjusted to something that should be fairly simple to navigate. You post a picture, you click the picture, you see the picture.
It is certainly no reflection on you...but I absolutely HATE the way members photos are displayed in their profiles. I think it should be an option as to whether you want to have them grouped into categories or not. You should at least be able to pick which photo is chosen to represent that group. Perhaps the newest picture posted should always take precedent over one that was done years ago.
I have pictures representing a category that I cringe to see. I would delete the pictures but if it has been saved as a favorite, I leave those alone--not because I think the world is waiting for my genius designs-- I just know I've hated it when I've wanted to reference a picture I've saved from someone and they've deleted it. And yes, I know you can click to see 'all photos', but to me, that's just another step to take that's unnecessary. If categories are needed anywhere, I wish it were in the 'my favorite' personal galleries. I've saved a ton of pictures and hate having to root through several pages to find a baby shower cake I saved 2 years ago. If we had categories available to use in our personal saved photos area, then I could see all the baby shower photos I've saved....or wedding...or birthday...you get the idea...and not have to spend time looking page after page and sometimes missing it completely.
I have no problem with the ads (except when I accidentally brush my cursor over them and they pop up and start playing something). I understand why they are there and I've actually used them. I just think in the efforts to upgrade this site, too much of what made CC popular was sacrificed in order to become more tech-savvy. I feel we've lost the simplicity that made CC a welcome place for the tech-challenged home hobbyist as well as the professional. But then as I said in an earlier post, I had the opportunity to participate in the change-over and offer opinions then, but I didn't so it's hard for me to complain too much now when I had the chance and didn't take it (not that I don't do it! It's just harder! ;D ) Thank you for stepping up and offering your help.
I did not mean to imply that it took me a couple of months to get used to the new format. As a moderator, I meant that I have been spending the time since the change working in the galleries and am familiar enough with them to help anyone who might be having trouble.
I like the suggestions you are making and do hope some of them will be implemented in the future.