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Jan-Willem Swane says:

I do like the new Collections. It would be even greater if it would be possible to share (with an invite pass) a collection.

Or is it already possible and am I missing somthing?

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Originally posted at 4:05AM, 21 March 2007 PDT (permalink)
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George says:

Sending out a Guest Pass for a collection is a natural next step for Collections :)
86 months ago (permalink)

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thecassons says:

with family overseas, sharing is exactly what I want to see too and a guest pass is a great way to do it....Flickr developers listening??!!!
86 months ago (permalink)

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aleeshka says:

yay!!! *grin* so pleased it is probably gonna happen.
86 months ago (permalink)

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flytography.me says:

that would be perfect.
86 months ago (permalink)

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photosfab says:

George, that's awesome News ! Being able to share the photostream through a GP would be fantastic too... would that be also a natural next step ?
86 months ago (permalink)

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FotoBen says:

Is there a way to share a collection with a Guest Pass at this time?

07Nov2009update: Flickr staff this has been asked for over almost 2.5 years?
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shahoodt2 says:

YES !!!!!!!!!!! I would love to share Collections !!
79 months ago (permalink)

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jmoliver says:

Same here! It would be great to share a Collection with a Guest Pass.
78 months ago (permalink)

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Andrew Craick says:

Yes yes yes. Alot of services already offer this option. Guest password without users being required to sign up.
78 months ago (permalink)

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Soubrause says:

I'd love to see this. Not only would it make it easy for me to send out guest passes but it would make Flickr look easier to use for the people I send them to.
78 months ago (permalink)

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Scotty_13 says:

This is a must !
Not all those I share my photos with want to join Flickr and I need to provide some sort of navigation / catagorisation for them to be able to search or browse the photos I share with them.
The structure provided by collections is the 1st and basic step required for this.
The next logical step is to allow guest passes to search my private photos (that are included in the guest pass) by tag, description, etc.
77 months ago (permalink)

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sublevel5 says:

Please extend the functionality of guest passes to collections. Otherwise it makes it very awkward and difficult to send large collections of photos to my friends and family.

Best Regards
77 months ago (permalink)

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Anand Kamath says:

Please extend the guest pass concept to collections too.
There doesn't seem to be a way, at the moment, to share collections containing photographs that are marked as private.
The only way to share a collection right now, is to mark all photographs in the collection as public, which is really undesirable.
77 months ago (permalink)

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Uriel & Wendy says:

Of course this would be a great improvement to flickr
77 months ago (permalink)

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uaarkoti says:

I will have to find another sharing site if this feature is not available by end of my subscription period.
76 months ago (permalink)

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RubyMae says:

uaarkoti - threats are unlikely to make flickr move any faster towards implementing a feature AND I doubt you'll find another site that offers all flickr does, as well as allowing you to share collections.

But if you find such a site, please let us know, so we can all move there.
76 months ago (permalink)

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jvbond_007 says:

I totally agree... I made a collection and put in lots of sets in there... Only to realize you cannot share the entire collection... :(

A BIG MUST...! DEVELOPERS??? hELLO...
76 months ago (permalink)

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Rene W says:

As above.

A definite must-have is the ability to share a collection with all underlying sets.

Next to that, a simple password system would be great. Again on both set and collection level.

@RubyMae: threats won't make it go faster... but to me it doesn't seem all too difficult! And we're all paying subscribers! I could have lived with the previous flickr uploadr if that meant time spent on improving the uploader would have been spent on improving the share feature or implementing a password feature.
76 months ago (permalink)

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Rippie: Contra Censura! says:

everyone has different priorities, and the codemonkies can only pound out so many things at a time... since flickr does develop their own code... and then there's that wee little scaling thing and interactivity... it's not as easy as it first appears.
76 months ago (permalink)

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txyank says:

I think that would be a great idea to be able to share collections. That way you could send a guest pass and the person would just have to go to the set in that collection that had the pictures they were interested in instead of looking through all of them. I did the same as jvbond_007 only to find out it wouldn't work. Ended up puttiing all of the sets into one set. It makes it more difficult for people to find a particular photo.
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* taltal says:

I was really disappointed to know I cannot send invitations to collections... we really need it around here, especially for inviting people who aren't familiar with Flickr and its UI.
76 months ago (permalink)

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Rippie: Contra Censura! says:

certainly more valuable than adding video... i'm not looking forward to that at all.
76 months ago (permalink)

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Dale Kawamura says:

I'd really like to be able to share on a collection basis rather than a set basis. I have way too many guest passes on sets...
73 months ago (permalink)

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Soubrause says:

Imagine being able to give grandma a bookmark to your collection of family photos that showed her all the sets rather than email out a new guest pass for every birthday, holiday or other event and explain why she has to have all those separate codes.
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terencecollins says:

Yes, the same consensus was reached on Guest Pass 2.0 thread. Is there any way we who desperately want to share collections/sets/all photos marked private/family/friends can unify in one place to be taken seriously by the developers? Requests for this feature go back for at least 18 months!
72 months ago (permalink)

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Heidar Sveinsson says:

I really really would like this to happen as well.

For instance I have a lot of sets from partys and gatherings with my company over the years. Would be great to have all those sets in one collection, perhaps called Acme Inc, and then share it to all my friends at work. Now i can only share one set at the time, or my whole Photostream.

Please consider this.

Heidar

Ps. I love the new videofunction. Thank You for that.
72 months ago (permalink)

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JeepNWilly says:

Oh yes this would be a great enhancement. I too was busy setting up a Collection to place all my private photos there so I can share with my family via guest pass and came to find out that I had to share on a individual set per guest pass. Please please add it
72 months ago (permalink)

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jakerome says:

What George said. Please guest passes for collections.
72 months ago (permalink)

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caderik says:

Yes please allow guest passes for collections!!
68 months ago (permalink)

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clickykbd is a group moderator clickykbd says:

In case some readers aren't aware. George is flickr-staff. The response would seem to indicate it is likely to be in a round of updates that improve guest-passes "soon". ;-)
68 months ago (permalink)

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WBI S-S says:

But it has been 19 months since George said that. Are the changes (to be able to share a collection through one pass) really going to happen?
67 months ago (permalink)

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Kyudos says:

Like the man said...."Soon" ;oP
67 months ago (permalink)

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krobbie says:

Still very high on my wish list ...
65 months ago (permalink)

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john robb says:

Adding my vote to this request - can't understand why it has not already been done.
64 months ago (permalink)

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Arkadiusz Woźniak says:

heh my question is ... when can we share a collection? it is a basic function!....

when? 1 week? 2 week? 1 month?

Arek
63 months ago (permalink)

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Pat Parent says:

Glad I found this thread. That's also my main gripe with Flickr. Add my voice to the chorus.
63 months ago (permalink)

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dgiol says:

Same issue here. I believe this is a must have feature.
I was surprised to see when this request was first posted. I wonder why it hasn't been implemented yet after so many users have been asking for it.

It is really painful to have to share sets one by one, especially when you have dozens of them!
63 months ago (permalink)

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**SB Photography** says:

you guys need to lay off a bit... it takes tie to write and debug and test and debug some more... it takes a lot of time and a lot o brains... so quit hounding the people that gave you Flickr in the first place... other features would be fantastic but they have to go threw processes... i for one am impressed that i have a place that i can do the thing that Flickr can do... so be nice and be patient

anyway.. im done ranting
63 months ago (permalink)

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R D C says:

Just adding my voice to the cacophony. It would be nice to see something from Staff.
63 months ago (permalink)

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Arkadiusz Woźniak says:

first post : 21 March 2007

last (my) : 21.03.2009

no response

no comments :-(
Originally posted 62 months ago. (permalink)
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Jaap Kramer says:

* Adding my vote for this feature request

It would be really great to share collections!
Originally posted 61 months ago. (permalink)
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fsjones says:

Agreed! I have a bunch of sets I'd love to share with family. Being able to share them as a collection would be perfect.
61 months ago (permalink)

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Brian Kreider says:

Adding my vote for this.
60 months ago (permalink)

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__Jens__ says:

I'm totally on board with this one. I would love to have password protected sets and collections I could share with whomever I wanted. it would make Flickr much easier to organize and use.

This is where sites like SmugMug really offer something more than what Flickr does.
Originally posted 60 months ago. (permalink)
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Patrick Costello says:

You realise the guest pass already allows you to have a password protected set (the unique link generated works just like a password)? The point of this thread is that the function has not been extended to collections.
Originally posted 60 months ago. (permalink)
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rsmolkin says:

So any idea when this feature will be available? I need to share 6 sets with family that are in a collection, I'd hate to have to send them 6 different links.
58 months ago (permalink)

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Lú_ is a group administrator Lú_ says:

rsmolkin - Staff don't comment on what features are in development or when those in development will appear. You can read a bit about why here: www.flickr.com/groups/flickrideas/discuss/721576038465521...
58 months ago (permalink)

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jakerome says:

Here's a bit I quoted from a friend about why he's not going to use Flickr to share family photos:

As for flickr, it's great for sharing with people who are flickr members, but it's really just not a good site for sharing photos with non-members. What would solve my problem is to have a guess pass for collections -- so that you can just put whatever sets you want to share more publicly into that collection, and be done with it. I could, for example, create a baby photo collection, and create 1 guest pass that I could give to people and they'd be able to see any photos that are in there. They wouldn't have to become a member, and none of this having to create a new, separate guest pass for each set.

58 months ago (permalink)

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clickykbd is a group moderator clickykbd says:

An alternative implementation that would leverage existing ideas (but not be nearly as intuitive), would be to allow guest passes to apply to single tags, or tag query results in your stream.

You could tag up anything (in or out of sets/collections) and share extremely specifically that way with a single guest pass link. As new photos contained the tag, the guest pass would get new content too.
58 months ago (permalink)

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Montag2k says:

I hope that someone adds this feature soon. I'm quickly discovering the difficulties of sharing baby pictures with non-Flickr-members (and there are many non-Flickr members out there). I'd love to be able to show them these pictures and the great Flickr features so that they'll eventually *become* members!
58 months ago (permalink)

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erinandshady says:

Another BIG VOTE for this one. Would love to see it soon please. Thanks Flickr staff. I just joined Flickr with a Pro account to share my wedding pics, only to discover this limitation of not being able to share collections.
58 months ago (permalink)

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W__________ says:

Another BIG VOTE for this one! I am still waiting for this feature.
Moreover I would love to see the possibility to mix collections and sets within another collection.
for instance:
-[c]2009
-[s]2009-08-05
-[s]2009-07-08
-[c]2009 Vacation
-[s]2009-07-02
-[s]2009-07-01
-[s]2009-07-08
.
.
56 months ago (permalink)

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joltguy says:

This is by far my number one request for flickr. Can any flickr staffers please indicate whether or not this feature is in development and if so, when we might see it?
56 months ago (permalink)

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ColleenM says:

joltguy

Flickr staff do not comment on features that are (or are not) in development. They most certainly do not give projected roll-out dates.
56 months ago (permalink)

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smaflenna says:

I agree, this is a must. Can we add this feature please? Pretty please??
56 months ago (permalink)

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(deaf mute) says:

joltguy It's not the number one request, let alone "by far". And even if it were, that doesn't make it a priority.
The other day a more important code upgrade went through (relating to DMCA takedowns) within hours of people asking for it.
56 months ago (permalink)

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robmarway says:

I just joined Flickr today and even paid for 2 years. Big attraction was the Collections/Sets arrangement. But now I discover I can't share my collections - damm! Just spent hours organising photos into small sets and now have to send out masses of Guest Passes. Please, please, please Flickr fix this. I see people have been crying out for it for ages and it's just so logical. I do NOT want people, even my nearest and dearest seeing my photo stream - it is disordered and chaotic (well, not really, but only my brain could make sense of it). I DO want them to see logical and coherent sets of photos within big topics (Collections) - EASILY.
56 months ago (permalink)

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solidgoldpig says:

/aol me too.

Finding it hard to believe that this feature has still not been implemented.

BTW Arthur, joltguy didn't say it was *the* number one request, just his. Regardless of whether or not it is, robmarway's post above is a succinct use case for this feature. As things stand, you're punished for organising things into sets if you don't want those sets to be public.
56 months ago (permalink)

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Patrick Costello says:

>>you're punished for organising things into sets

Not sets; collections. Sets can be shared; collections cannot. So the issue is where you have a large number of related sets that you want to share, you have to issue a guest pass for each set currently.
56 months ago (permalink)

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solidgoldpig says:

Sorry Patrick. I was a little too economical with my words.

Iif you want to share your sets with everyone, it is a non-issue.

If you have lots of private sets that you want to create guest passes for then there is the friction of having to go through the tedium of creating guest passes each time you create a new set. Or sometimes you will just end up using a pre-existing set rather than bothering with the hassle. That's what I meant by punished. Either you have to jump through more hoops or you end up not organising your photos as well as you might have wanted to.

Obviously I am aware that collections can't be shared and that sets can (that is the point of this discussion after all) - the problem is that sets can't inherit the sharing privileges of the collection they're in.
56 months ago (permalink)

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[Andrew] says:

Another vote for adding a share a collection feature.
56 months ago (permalink)

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BelaiT says:

One more vote, wish there was an issue tracking system where we can cast our vote for an issue and it influences its priority for the devs
56 months ago (permalink)

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(deaf mute) says:

BelaiT Nice idea, but flickr developers have to do a cost/benefit analysis for each bit of work they undertake. Some features we want may just take too much coding time - time that could be spent ironing out other small but annoying quirks. Many bug fixes go unheralded but are benefiting everyone invisibly. Some of the things that users want would require a massive overhaul of the system. It's easier for the devs to add features that fit into the current set-up.

I'm not sure why sharing collections hasn't been implemented yet. I wouldn't have thought it was that difficult to code, but maybe collections don't work in quite the same way as sets.
55 months ago (permalink)

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Matt Richardson says:

I just want to add another vote for being able to share collections with a Guest Pass.
55 months ago (permalink)

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jmoliver says:

I would also like to add a vote. Seems that this feature is long overdue!
55 months ago (permalink)

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Ronen Engler says:

Seems like a must, not just a nice-to-have.
Waiting for that long-overdue too.
55 months ago (permalink)

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MarionL'oeil says:

Completely agree. Not a techie but can't imagine Guest Pass on Collections being a difficult improvement to implement... I said I'm NOT a techie!
55 months ago (permalink)

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Dave K4 says:

Wow. This has been asked for for over almost 3 years?

That's ridiculous. Please add my name to the list of users who would like to see this feature added.
54 months ago (permalink)

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jmd4w says:

I agree. This issue is a show stopper for me.
54 months ago (permalink)

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Brian Inderwies says:

Hi. First post in a flickr discussion forum... ever.

Feel compelled to add my voice to the chorus of people who would really, really like this feature to be added. Love Flickr and just renewed 2 years of Pro. It has become my de-facto home for photos in the "cloud."

I uploaded 10 sets of photos from a recent trip in Nepal and put them into a collection. I'd LOVE to be able to send a guest pass to our supporters without opening the kimono to my entire photostream.

As others have pointed out, it just seems like the next natural step in the evolution of Collections on Flickr. I could integrate all ten days of photos into one set to achieve the dream, but this would wreak havoc on organization, something the Flickr folks have emphasized from the beginning.
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Cobber99 says:

Agreed. I spent a lot of time getting my Albums all together (each one for a different family event) and then organizing those albums within a set for my Family to all see - then I figured out that you cannot set a guest pass for the collections. Wow. I'm surprised this is still not a feature given the length of this thread and the date of the first post!

So now I either send out 71 separate guest passes (can you imagine how my family would react to that?) or combine them all in a secondary set, ordered by date taken, then send them an album with what will probably contain around 2,000 photos.

Thank you and please.
53 months ago (permalink)

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Jakob Gudmann Nielsen says:

Oh crap! I've just discovered that collections do not have the same abilities as sets when it comes to sharing and privacy! Why not? What's the point of putting 10 private sets in one collection when you still have to send people 10 different guest passes?

+1
53 months ago (permalink)

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Jakob Gudmann Nielsen says:

@ clickykbd:

I really like your idea of letting tags determine sets, collections and permissions (although that wasn't exactly what you said, I know). That's how I would definitely do it. If I had more brains it probably wouldn't be too difficult to code a viewer based on that. Then you could just send people a link to that viewer - with URL-encoded tags - instead of using guest passes.
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orazal says:

It's a must for sharing pictures with family members that don't have a Flickr account (grandma for example).
Please implement.
53 months ago (permalink)

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jaggedlittlepili says:

Just adding my vote to this thread. Would be a great feature to have :)
53 months ago (permalink)

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davidli.chungping says:

I hope flickr to develop: (1) single guess past for accessing a group of sets, (2) single guess past for accessing a group of collections and (3) three different levels of family contacts and three different levels of friend contacts.

davidli.chungping
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(Jessica) says:

Just another vote... I really want to be able to give out a guest pass for a collection rather than just for sets.
52 months ago (permalink)

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Mike Stempień says:

Would really like that too +1
51 months ago (permalink)

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Paul L Dineen says:

> Sending out a Guest Pass for a collection is a natural next step for Collections :)
> Posted 35 months ago.

through:

> Would really like that too +1
> Posted 24 hours ago.

I guess that's a "no". :-(
51 months ago (permalink)

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Patrick Costello says:

Sadly George was "let go" in the meantime ...
51 months ago (permalink)

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Nhy Nguyen says:

I really love if this feature is available
51 months ago (permalink)

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l i j says:

+1
49 months ago (permalink)

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avye says:

+1
49 months ago (permalink)

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ovillan says:

Three years after first post: +1
48 months ago (permalink)

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jakerome says:

Ditto my comment from 10 months ago.

Please. I have several friends that have chosen different photo sharing services because of this one shortcoming.
48 months ago (permalink)

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pdine1973 says:

+1
48 months ago (permalink)

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Hubert de Jong says:

Here's another request to share collections! Seems that over last 3 years nothing has been done about it by Flickr... Such a shame, please take your paying pro members for serious!
48 months ago (permalink)

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Critical Fiction says:

+1
47 months ago (permalink)

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oliverchesler says:

+1 Please! This would be very useful to me.
47 months ago (permalink)

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abberdab says:

+1 This would be EXTREMELY helpful when trying to share photos in an asset-library type scenario with a client.
Originally posted 46 months ago. (permalink)
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WiktOrsi says:

+1, musthave feature
46 months ago (permalink)

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dinesh.joshi says:

+1, its a must have feature. Also, this has been requested quite a long time ago. Whats up flickr? Do we really have to wait so long for such a simple feature?
46 months ago (permalink)

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joperamos says:

+1 musthave
45 months ago (permalink)

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Jophie says:

+1 +1 +1
I have been trying to figure out how to do this, only to find out that its not supported. Becuase sharing a collection as a whole seems like a normal feature. I am surprised its not here after all these requests.

Please.. please make it a priority flickr.
45 months ago (permalink)

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Jeroen Moes says:

Another vote for this one - this would be a number one issue for me (and a possible reason to migrate elsewhere in the future)!
45 months ago (permalink)

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ramy hanna says:

yes please!!!! - guest pass for collections!
Originally posted 45 months ago. (permalink)
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Sarah McQuaid says:

Yes please ... has anyone found a good work-round for this problem?
45 months ago (permalink)

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davidli.chungping says:

Flickr managers, engineers and programmers,

Please work out the guest past for collection. I see that should be the number 1 new feature that flickr should have. There are many flickr members requesting for that too.
Originally posted 44 months ago. (permalink)
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RikySigh says:

Yes please ... !!!
43 months ago (permalink)

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jakerome says:

Coming up on 4 years overdue!
43 months ago (permalink)

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