Yeah, people say Slackware's install sucks, too, and I thought it was great.
So I should have said "was the worst" *to me*. And, actually, it isn't. Core doesn't even really have an installer. That was worse.
Still, I just worry about people's first exposure to Linux being the Debian installer. I know I'd have run screaming if I'd have actually started with Debian like I wanted to to begin with. But maybe it's just me.