When starting up, rEFIt shows it's banner (the rEFIt logo and name), then there's a pause of a few seconds as partitions are scanned, and finally the partitions are shown. The partition scan time depends on the number of partitions (I have about 20 with 12 that show in rEFIt).
There is an option to hide the banner, but then the user is presented with a blank grey screen for seconds before the partitions are shown.
I think having options for the following would help:
A) Hide the banner after the partitions appear.
B) Have two banners, one for the start, and another for after the partitions appear.