Slow, bulky interface overloaded with animations that serve no practical purpose. Anti-user technologies like [Cloudflare](https://git.nixnet.services/you/stop_cloudflare) and [ReCraptcha](https://www.unixsheikh.com/articles/stay-away-from-cloudflare.html) (an exploitative mechanism which has much more to do with psychological manipulation and spying on users rather than fighting spambots). Forces you to wait before the downloads despite obviously being huge enough to handle the requests. The Nexus Mod Manager software is bloated, intrusive and infamous for damaging the mod files, so much in fact that nobody wants to use it (and indeed there's no reason to).
Worst of all, it _requires an account simply to download mods._ Which means [constant problems](https://www.reddit.com/r/skyrimmods/comments/764pjv/alternative_to_nexus_mods/) and **a lot** of [frustration](http://bugmenot.com/view/nexusmods.com) as you try to log in - because ReCaptcha _will_ block you just for using certain add-ons, non-mainstream browsers like Pale Moon, or merely having slow internet connection. A desperate [no-login workaround](https://www.nexusmods.com/site/mods/66) was offered by one of the members - however it's nearly **useless**, as it requires a premium account! I should also mention the site itself tries very hard to trick you into buying said premium membership (_and the workaround could be part of that trick_), which allegedly lifts the artificially imposed download waiting time and [speed limits](https://www.reddit.com/r/skyrimmods/comments/etlm45/help_alternatives_to_nexusmods_that_dont_limit/). This reminds me of the many fraudulent "file sharing" websites operating under the same scheme. The free account is also somewhat tricky to enable upon registration, they make it harder with each update. You also [cannot remove your own account](https://justdeleteme.xyz/#nexus), which means that all associated (and possibly very personal) data is retained forever and you have **no ownership or control** over it.
Nexus mods **does not** respect its users and is known to [ban people](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9egcgg5qrE) and remove their mods [for no good reason](https://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/357284131804937116/). This site works actively towards monopolizing the game modding scene on the internet, and while on the surface they seem good, already having huge popularity and database of mods, encouraging endorsements and donations - this is just a facade for a profitable middle man business which can **and will** destroy many modding communities in the end. Even the (annoying) popups chastizing you for not donating money to the modmaker are no good, because this practice is clearly aimed at destroying the principle of free sharing among people on the internet, and game mods have always been an important part of that principle. The only reason behind these popups is that Nexus gets their own cut from the payments, of course.
To summarize, whether you are a mod creator or a gamer searching for downloads - **stay away from this site**. Just don't go there, it's [not](https://www.reddit.com/r/skyrimmods/comments/gdmo1m/alternative_mod_sites_for_nexusmods/) worth the [trouble](https://www.reddit.com/r/skyrimmods/comments/764pjv/alternative_to_nexus_mods/). By using Nexus you are encouraging the downfall of the internet, and I am not exaggerating. The only saving grace of this site is its database of mods, but it will never justify the complete lack of respect for its users. Don't torture yourself, find the alternatives whenever and wherever possible. For example, for the game Morrowind two excellent old websites exist, [Morrowind Modding History](http://mw.modhistory.com/home) and [Great House Fliggerty](http://download.fliggerty.com/). They have their own problems - but compare the design, usability, community and even the availability of mods on these sites with Nexus, and you will understand what I am talking about. You can probably live without those fancy "convenience features" Nexus offers - like keeping track of your downloaded mods - especially when it all comes at such a high cost of your privacy, time and sanity.
**Update:** Since August 2020 the site uses hCaptcha, which is _just as bad despite the claims_. Users might still struggle depending on the software they use, and the captcha mechanism continues to be needlessly exploitative. HCaptcha is yet another way for Nexus to earn quick and dirty money at the expense of their users' time and personal data.