Hi Guys, I have really had enough of these stupid animated GIFs, a situation made worse my people using them in inappropriate ways. We had someone using one to show their FreeCAD Help about data.
As Kurt said, at least in a browser, you can't pause them, can't control play back speed (which I suspect is different on different platforms as I have come across some in in stupid adds on some pages when viewing with Firefox on Kubuntu where they go so quickly that it can't intended).
But another "hate" is that the resolution is often so bad that you can't read the text in menus, a terminal etc.
It is possible to edit your config of your browser so that they never play, but then you only ever get to see the first frame.
We should start another topic about possibly disabling animated GIFs on our forums.