Yes, it is very annoying! Especially because the listing I was looking at only had 1 picture...and I needed to know more about it before I hit buy it now.They sent an email to sellers recently explaining that they intentionally made it harder for buyers to ask questions, as a service to sellers. The new location is meant to encourage you to read the listing, notice if the question has already been asked, etc. And then you have to answer two extra questions and type a captcha to prove that you really, really want to ask. I get the intent, but it's really annoying.
I REALLY think that most of the changes RARELY seem to be thought through, or they are thought through by folks who do not sell or buy on the site. What ever they are thinking does not make business, marketing or sometimes even 'common' sense.I get their intent, but I think this wasn't thought through. The serious buyers are just going to get frustrated and move on. The people who like to waste time will still go through all of that because it seems like they have time to waste.
As much as it is a pain to receive questions that are already answered in the listing, most sellers don't put all the vital information in the listing and serious buyers need to ask (i.e.: measurements for clothes, expiration dates, cosmetic wear for electronics, etc).
This just deters the buyers to go to the listings that provide the info or to not buy on Ebay at all.
Who is creating their business plans? Because they are very very amateur.