I laughed when I saw Should I Use A Carousel? and I suspect you will too. I won’t give away the answer. However, if you’re an unashamed convert, or if you’re forced to have a carousel slideshow on the home page, then do read Ten Requirements For Making Home Page Carousels Work For End Users (If Needed) on Smashing Magazine. Test your own carousel out against the ten usability requirements specified at the end of the article, and if yours doesn’t conform, ask your designer why not. If sorting it out is expensive, ask yourself if you really needed it in the first place, and if you filled it up just ‘because it was there’. If the messages are all necessary, think about the quick and easy alternative of having smaller, individual panels showing all of the time.