Am I the only one who thinks that the learning curve for the NCBI databases and tools is unnecessarily steep?
Maybe? One of the skills a bioinformatician needs is on-demand learning. Focus on knowing what tools can do, not learning how to do everything before you start using them. NCBI is one of the easiest databases out there and its results are as clear as can be.
I want to obtain and use the information, not take hours to locate it.
What information? Bioinformatics databases are not service sites like Amazon or eBay, they are data sharing sites. We are not entitled to finding results relevant to us quickly. As time goes, people understand how these tools work and how to get what we need out of them the best way possible. If you have an idea on how to do something better, do it and we will support you. But remember, new tools don't always help: