The main problem with Suite101 (in my opinion) are those Google banner ads which take up too much front line real estate on their topic pages. Each time you open one of the network of topics you must scroll down to see the real content. Those ads make the site look unprofessional and spammy. In the old days we would have said seedy but spam has surpassed seediness.
Anyway, the best things about Suite are the topics which include fairly good to really good articles, written by people who have a personal interest in that topic. The other really good thing about Suite is just new this past month. They now have free online courses. They were not free before but the site policy has changed. Sure, it’s a way to bring in traffic but the courses are there for anyone. I didn’t even have to register or login with the site.
You may think the courses are just soupy (lacking in usefulness and meaty content) but they are worth checking out. I’m taking a course about web searching right now, just for the heck of it. I’ve been searching the web almost 10 years but you never know, I could come across something new and isn’t that what it’s all about?