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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 November 2018 at 21:52
Originally posted by Nordlicht Nordlicht wrote:

Originally posted by svjetlana svjetlana wrote:

I may be loosing most of links/images posted between March 2009 to November 2016 due to this merge.   


With "losing images", do you just mean that the image will disappear here on Dyxum or are you afraid of totally losing it because you have no backup at home?
At least you can visit your old account and download the pictures. Might be a lot of work but still better than losing them totally.
But this will only work if you didn't set them to private.

And then you could also upload them again in your new account and edit the links in Dyxum (again a lot of work, I don't know how many pictures you posted here)



Originally posted by svjetlana svjetlana wrote:


This is why: I have been happily using Flickr since March 2009 to November 2016. Then I have lost an email account which was my recovery email for identifying my Flickr account. Since Flickr has no live support I have no way of identifying myself since their system is made in such way that they send "recovery codes" to an email account which doesn't exist any longer.
It is frustrating but I have opened new account and continued using it since November 2016. All the links of my old account work just fine for now.
The only "little" problem is that they will delete in January 2019 all images above 1000. I don't know how many I had in my old account but it was few thousands I am sure. So most of my links to images posted between 2009 and 2016 here on Dyxum may be broken.
Not sure what can I do other than cry....

One thing I noticed recently on Flickr (I'm a newbie, just 2 months on Flickr and Dyxum) is the "Give Pro" feature, that allows you to donate a pro membership to someone else. So you could pay for a pro account for your old account. But I don't know if there is any action required from the receiver of the gift account, such as accepting the gift.
Hope you find a way to save your images.



Thank you for your concern and wanting to help. I appreciate it.
I am talking about links only. I have those images on my computer. That would be a disaster. Restoring thousands of links is out of question.
At that flickr account I can see images downloaded from March 2009 to November 2010. It shows 1099 images. From Nov 2010 I have gone private for some reason and I can't see images I uploaded since Nov 2010 till 2016. It must have few thousands as I was very productive at that period.
This gift option sound good. But how can I prove it is my account when they send emails to account it doesn't exist. The problem is I have no option to talk to human only machine....
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 November 2018 at 21:57
Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

I think Svjetlana's problem is she can no longer access her old account.

Have you tried Flickr's help function Svjetlana? You will not be the only one with this problem. Or maybe you could contact Smugmug. There must be someway out of this problem.

There are all kinds of ways to prove you are the legitimate owner of that account I would think.


Yes, that is the problem Leo. I can not longer access it.
Yes, I have tried help. I don't know how THAT can help anyone. I end up with 'ups' and 'oh, no' messages. Ridicules way of helping anyone.
How can I contact Smugmug?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 November 2018 at 22:00
Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

I'd suggest to recreate the old mail account (maybe even recreating the old dns-domain in case it's still available) - and then try to regain access thru the procedure.


I can't recreate old email since it was tied to an internet provider as I have changed the country of residence I don't have that possibility available to me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 November 2018 at 22:05
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

I'm pretty sure that Flickr uses SMS to help gain access to an account; if you registered a mobile phone number with the account you may be able to use that as a route to gain access.


That may be the case these days but at 2009 when I created that account that wasn't the case. The only info besides the password was email, at least in my case. And that was a recovery option.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 November 2018 at 23:19
Originally posted by svjetlana svjetlana wrote:

   
How can I contact Smugmug?


Email them at help@flickr.com

I contacted them when my pro renewal was due a couple of months back .
At no point in the renewal process did it state how much it cost , you were just expected to click the pay up button , £1 or £100 ?

Not hugely helpful , but at least the communication was there .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 November 2018 at 20:25
Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

Originally posted by svjetlana svjetlana wrote:

   
How can I contact Smugmug?


Email them at help@flickr.com

I contacted them when my pro renewal was due a couple of months back .
At no point in the renewal process did it state how much it cost , you were just expected to click the pay up button , £1 or £100 ?

Not hugely helpful , but at least the communication was there .


Thanks,
I did that yesterday and they have responded with email that they will look at the problem.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 November 2018 at 08:25
I had a Pro account when it was $25 then they made the free service so attractive that I switched to that. I'd still be happy to pay $25 but not $50 so I'm deleting most of my photos. I'll freeze the account and start another one purely for Dyxum hosting.

I used to get a lot out of Flickr but the regional meets for photo shoots have long since ceased.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 November 2018 at 09:22
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

I used to get a lot out of Flickr but the regional meets for photo shoots have long since ceased.


We still meet regularly in Oxford - sometimes social, sometimes for a photowalk. There is little to no contact with Flickr though; we just use the Oxford group as a base for connecting people.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 December 2018 at 19:12
There is quite a lot to this change at flickr - some good, some bad, and hopefully people are aware of some of the iffy problems at flickr (under Yahoo/Oath).

I used flickr actively in 2008/2009 as a place to post and used it as a social place. But my images were 900x600 at the biggest (some at 600x400 when I started I think). This was 2008! Can see that people have been using it as an image archive/back-up service too so the previous 1TB limit would have been useful to some people.

To put some scale and perspective to this. It was about $30 a year in 2008. Now at $50 a year ... that is less than $1 a week (for unlimited number of photos?). For proper photographers buying $1000 cameras and having a few lenses to play with is an absolute bargain. Consider that for that price you are not getting Instagram's adverts and hopefully now (or soon) a very serious step away from the Oath privacy policy. The free tier was far from free.

Free services tend to rely on 1-5% of users paying the Pro rate for added features. But the Yahoo/Oath privacy 'stance' was factored into the old pricing model. To step away from such a bad approach costs more. They will still likely be aiming for a 1-5% of users being Pro, but now the cost is updated.

I have no issue with the new price. But the photobucket approach to old users is hurting them. Broken links in blogs and forums isn't good marketing at all.

On the down-side. My dormant account which had just 1600 images needed some action. I either pay $50 a year for the social interaction from 2008/2009 or I delete the account (or some version in between). I actually took the time to go in and delete everything except my 366x project from 2008. So, the commentary on those 1300+ images is now gone forever. I accidentally deleted one or two too many shots, so my 366x shows as 364 now (will repair that one day when I find the gap).

I had actually just made a new account but am now a little dubious about returning to the platform at all. As someone in this thread mentioned, they should have made a 'freeze old account' sort of option for the older accounts. I get that they cannot financially continue to offer up free 1TB to the people using it as a 'free' (not free) service. Not unless people want to continue with the very sketchy privacy controls that Yahoo/Oath put in place.

If they had frozen my old account for a one-off fee I would have paid it. But not prepared to pay $50 a year for something I no longer plan to use (the old account). Could even have had a social freeze option (images with no comments can be deleted, or "keep this project/album"). All sorts of nicer ways to do this without hurting the brand.

I've never used Facebook and don't really like the Instagram interface. So a flickr is something I want to see working. Especially as they know FB will never stop adverting and IG will likely always be mobile upload jump-thru-hoops anyway. So flickr which is usable from the desktop, with no ads (Pro), no brands, less fake accounts ... could be a good thing. They just need to repair the damage done by their previous owner and also work a little harder during the transition. At the moment they are getting well known people to promote Flickr Pro for them - have a look at their stream on twitter and you'll see people are vocal about their concerns. Some are just cheap skates, but people with cash are concerned too.

Hope flickr can become good again.
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Wednesday morning - Is Flickr 'down' or is it just me...? I had some issues loading images last night but it seem to correct itself. I now get the 'Bad Panda' screen and a message saying they are 'fixing a problem'. All images posted on here seem to be there so not sure what is going on.

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Neil,
Same here. This has happened in the past, and seems to be a regular (more accurately irregular) technical glitch that the IT boffins at Flickr will work through and before too long all will be back on line as usual. Hopefully.
In the past it has just meant the site was inaccessible while the fix was in progress, without any impact on uploaded images already there.
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Cheers, Joe - I just get a little edgy when these things happen....

best regards, Neil.
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I dread thinking about the possibilities of FLICKR collapsing under the weight of all the images. It is the indexing system of all my vintage lens images that cannot be identified by exif.
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Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

I dread thinking about the possibilities of FLICKR collapsing under the weight of all the images. It is the indexing system of all my vintage lens images that cannot be identified by exif.


I would hate to rely on any one third party for such purposes - is there no way you can replicate the index elsewhere?
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