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[Official Thread] Timeline extension for free Flickr accounts over 1,000 photos + videos

Flickr Staff

adstads says:

Hi all,

We’ve heard from many of you with free Flickr accounts that you’d like more time to decide where to keep your photos and videos exceeding 1,000. We care about your photos, so we’re extending the timeline to March 12, 2019. That gives you another month to make a decision on a home for your photos. Upgrading to Flickr Pro gives you unlimited storage and benefits like ad-free browsing, advanced photo stats, and more. Or if you choose, you can download all of your photos and videos to a computer.

On March 12, 2019, photos and videos over the 1,000 limit on free accounts will be at risk for deletion. Photos and videos will be deleted from oldest to newest by upload date. Items that had Creative Commons or other free-license types prior to November 1, 2018, will not be deleted, as we explained here.

I love Flickr and this community and I hope you'll all choose to remain a part of it. But the choice is yours and you now have an extra month to decide.

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To check how many photos and videos you have, visit the Help Center: (help.flickr.com/en_us/how-to-find-your-photo-count-H12jm1qpX).

If you need help with your account, please contact support here: help.flickr.com/.

If you have a suggestion or wishlist item for Flickr, please share it here: www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157666189625037/.

Charitable non-profit organizations are eligible for free Pro accounts. If you qualify, please apply here: help.flickr.com/en_us/discounts-for-non-profit-organizati....
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East Texan the original says:

Good move...Thank you...
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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pretty mandible says:

Thank you! Some people do not log in that often. Many have used Yahoo accounts and do not check their Yahoo email for new messages. This is good news. By all means keep those 1000+ photo free accounts locked from uploading. But a longer period to give people the chance to return and go Pro or download their photos was desperately needed. I still hope that you will extended it even more past March 12th. But any extension is welcome.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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mag3737 says:

Thanks for making it official here at home (on Flickr)!
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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GothPhil says:

This is a very positive community-friendly move, and is to be applauded.
Good karma for the future... :-)
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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iam4ranny says:

Thank you for the extension...14 years of photos is overwhelming when I did not find out right away of the plan and the holidays kept me getting it done too. Good to hear you care about our memories.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Tatters ✾ says:

Thank you very much!
I helps me too, - gives time to sort out my galleries and groups, as I am afraid it would be a big loss.
I even hope that you will leave all public photos of Free accounts (photos feature in favs, groups and galleries) untouched! Please!
(But, pity, many of them already gone, as people try to "clean up" :(
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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ddey65 says:

Thanks for the extension. I'm still deleting and moving the ones over the 1000 limit.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Thomas Hawk says:

Keep up the good work.

The fact that spammers and low value free accounts with over 1,000 photos are blocked from adding more photos to Flickr has already made the site MUCH cleaner.

Hopefully this gives people more time to make the right decision and choose to go Pro and help support the best photo sharing site on the internet!
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray says:

Oh good lord.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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andradevictor@sbcglobal.net says:

I became pro but having a problem can't see my videos but I do hear audio.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Brousseau says:

Why do I have a feeling that smugmug is going to keep back peddling this after realizing it was the wrong decision? Spammers have been creating new accounts for months now and already found advantages to creating more smaller accounts so this is still only punishing the active community members. Those of us that culled our own streams ontime will pay the price regardless.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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FinnCamera says:

Good move. At least people who aren't yet decide or not aware but still has possibility do something has bit more time. Not much but better than nothing.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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mayankmalviya says:

Thanks for doing that. My attempt to download has failed several times. The connection is too fragile, never seen such delicate download behaviour in last decade. Once fails you have start from beginning no retry.

Add to that problem is the Zip files are named so poorly that you have to request again not knowing which one is which. And then download fails then you have to request zip again.

It seems that problem are exacerbated not only because of download connection being very very fragile but the way files are named and the request expiring so often.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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david.dale53@yahoo.co.uk says:

Suggest lock all free accounts with photos over 1,000. but keep photos on site that are over the limit. A group has already shrunk because the members are leaving because of this. which is unfair to Administrators who have invited those photos to their groups before these decisions had been made. They have spent valuable time in recruiting these photos for groups and to proceed with the deletion is to have their time wasted..I have had a group which has lost over twenty members in the last six weeks and I am beginning to wonder why I am still bothering to invite to groups.
To continue with the cull in March will surely backfire,
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska says:

Słowo się rzekło, kobyłka u płotu
- I have to keep my promise to change my moniker. Oh well...

I told you so!
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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East Texan the original says:

kmacgray:

Oh good lord.

He never left...just closed his MBA sock puppet acct yesterday and left a note for us.I find it ironic that he was a supporter of the 2013 changes that made this mess and now ridicules the mess he made.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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pacfolly says:

This is nice but are you just going to keep extending the deadline because you realize so few people are willing to upgrade to "Pro?" I've been on Flickr since 2006 but your threats of photos being "actively deleted" feel like extortion. I hate to see the site fade away but I'm not going to pay just so more of my content is deleted whenever I stop paying or when the price goes up even more. I have nearly 2,000 photos up which is not worth paying $50 a year to store, especially not on a site with fairly few users at this point. You extended the deadline so you obviously have concerns with what you're doing. I suggest a 2,500 photo limit for free accounts at the very least. At this point, however you lost my trust and I regret holding out and using Flickr for as long as I did. If only I would have known it would come to this. Talk about being smug.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Mike Slade. says:

Thomas Hawk:

Keep up the good work.

The fact that spammers and low value free accounts with over 1,000 photos are blocked from adding more photos to Flickr has already made the site MUCH cleaner.

Hopefully this gives people more time to make the right decision and choose to go Pro and help support the best photo sharing site on the internet!


You will have to excuse me for a while I need to go and throw up.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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LFDV1960 says:

Thomas Hawk:

Dear Sir :

you should be very careful when using low value general statements such as Lower value free accounts... In my experience I have seen many of these accounts with excellent value and the contrary some Pro account that made me retch ...Consequently, the value of a an account does not rest in the number of its photos but on the quality of them. I am sure, that many flickerites will not disagree with this opinion but also retort f the contrary which is also true. I always believed in the adage small is beautiful but humility, compassion and empathy are better.
Have a nice and beautiful day
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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LFDV1960 says:

pacfolly:

spot on
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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LFDV1960 says:

Mike Slade.:

you are excused ....I retched a few minutes ago
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Nikos.K. says:

david.dale53@yahoo.co.uk:

Really? Do you think that flickr owns it's users' photos? Do you think that by inviting someone makes you owner of his/her photos? You 're really kiddin!
I would recommend kicking people with such ideas out to keep the community healthy.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Nikos.K. says:

It seems that nobody gives a damn for flickr's new terms. It will shrink as fast as it grew up when it was really worth something.

Personally, I am moving everything I share elsewhere to Google. Virtually unlimited space with any quality I desire. When all is done, I will kill my flickr account. It is worth nothing and a cent is not worth spending on it.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray says:

Nikos.K.:

Do you realize your images on Google Photos are private by default unless you specifically share them with someone?
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Thomas Hawk says:

LFDV1960:

you should be very careful when using low value general statements such as Lower value free accounts...


LFDV960, I am not here to argue, but need to clarify your statement. When I use the phrase "spammers and low value free accounts," that is not meant to be a general statement about ALL free accounts.

Some free accounts are beautiful. They are amazing photostreams built by talented photographers -- but there are many free accounts that I consider lower value. Spam is an obvious example. I've seen accounts with hundreds of thousands of spam photos on Flickr. These photos clutter up search results and make flickr a worse place. Similarly I've seen people hook up their home webcam to Flickr streaming hundreds of thousands of random screengrabs into their stream... or an account that just went to the fireworks show with their camera on burst mode and have their account suck down 8,000 badly lit and composed fireworks photos in a row all tagged with the search term that I'm trying to wade through at a given point in time.

Generally these types of accounts are accounts that don't give a damn enough about the work to pay $50, or in the case of spammers wouldn't want to pay $50 when they are violating Flickr's TOU. I consider these low value free accounts. Now that these accounts are finally locked down, search results by posting date have become MUCH cleaner.

The statement "low value free accounts" is meant to apply to much of what I view as this sort of clutter that previously existed on the site and not a general statement about ALL free accounts, many of which are fantastic and amazing.

You have a nice and beautiful day as well.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Mike Slade. says:

When you peddle backwards you need to look behind ----- just saying
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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kutzz says:

pacfolly:

Thank you for your comment! I feel absolutely the same way. Threatening to delete content being stored for over a decade - sounds rather like a blackmail. So unfair!
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Harry Picturebike Lessman says:

Brousseau:

I also suspect the big rush for Pro accounts hasn't happened and instead many people are opting to just leave. Soon as they delete everyones photos they have no chance of those same people then paying for a Pro membership..
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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miningcamper says:

adstads:

I'm considering whether to go for a Pro account. A huge, huge negative regarding that:

Navigation from page to page and photo to photo has become absolutely atrocious! It wasn't great the last few years, but it was tolerable. Now it's click on a somebody's photos- and wait. Get to the next page- wait. Click on a photo- wait some more. View larger? Wait again! Get back to where I was? Many clicks, more waiting! Horrible! No other site I visit is anywhere near this bad!

WHAT (if anything) DO YOU INTEND TO DO TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION?
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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William Mewes says:

Free Accounts with more than 1,000 images are still uploading content. They were supposed to be blocked from doing so on January 11 but some of them are still able to upload. I found one today that only Joined in January , has over 300,000 images and has already uploaded close to 1,000 images today. And they are all images downloaded from the web. No original content.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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jschumacher says:

William Mewes:

Did you report the account (both that they're uploading beyond the limit and web material)?
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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BlueisCoool says:

I think it is a nice gesture that should go a long way in helping out people, Thank You flickr.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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mason.chen says:

I haven't even been able to upgrade to Pro. Every time it says "error adding to cart." And nobody has replied to my 2 support tickets in the last 2 weeks. I'm literally telling Flickr, take my money - but they don't want it?
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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William Mewes says:

DELETED

I some how posted the same thing twice.
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William Mewes edited this topic 10 months ago.

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William Mewes says:

mason.chen:

I haven't even been able to upgrade to Pro. Every time it says "error adding to cart." And nobody has replied to my 2 support tickets in the last 2 weeks. I'm literally telling Flickr, take my money - but they don't want it?


Log out of your account and use the "Give Pro" option at the bottom left of your cover photo. Near your icon.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska says:

mason.chen:

I haven't even been able to upgrade to Pro. Every time it says "error adding to cart."
Try this workaround
www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157675887718237/#reply7...
It helped lots of people in the same predicament.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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William Mewes says:

jschumacher:

Did you report the account (both that they're uploading beyond the limit and web material)?



Yes I used the "spam o'rama" option.
Previously I would have used "other concerns" but that link no longer works.

This was just an extreme example though.

I have found numerous "Free" accounts that are over the 1,000 limit and still uploading.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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LFDV1960 says:

Thomas Hawk:

and you should have written that in your original post
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska says:

Mike Slade.:

When you peddle backwards you need to look behind
Good advice :)
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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East Texan the original says:

William Mewes:

YOUR statement may be valid but absent valid evidence no one here can state that it true and producing evidence could be construed as fingerpointing... as stated before report to Flickr these violations.The structure of your statement leads more to adding animous between pro and non pro as the WEB evidence is presented last.NON PROs don't like web posters either and until Smug Flickr creates a tier level $$$tructure where everyone pays a little to get on Flickr such posters with their web pics,small penises and smaller brains will exist.Flickr in reality if running efficiently should charge between $5 and $15 just to get on the site.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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licornenoir says:

I (slightly) hysterically removed 500 of my aprox. 780 photos when this new 'SmugMug' 1000 photo rule came in late last year...... (I wanted space to post more for several years.)

Amongst those were my very first posts from 2008. Now I realize that I over reacted, and wish I'd never removed the first posted photos. But obviously now it is too late.

I'll never quite forgive YAHOO for introducing this 1TB (a stupid descision just like their destruction of Geocities some years ago.)

And I'm not impressed by 'SMUG mug' , (the name gives it away.) And their utter chainsawing through photo archives.

And the 1000 photo limit is a joke ! I knock down my photos to a decent 600KB-1.5MB at a large screen watchable definition. So my damned 1000 photos should they ever ultimately come about will be a damned size smaller then some others held to the same limit.

I will stay with flickr as a humble 'free' user, for the minute.
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William Mewes says:

East Texan the original:

As stated three posts higher up I did report the extreme violation to flickr.

I have not reported the others as they appeared to be legitimate users that somehow have not been blocked from uploading above the 1,000 limit.


And no where did I identify the account in question on this forum.


There is some sort of technical glitch in the system that flickr should address.


To verify that this is happening simply monitor the flickr api newsfeed for a while and you will encounter some examples.
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East Texan the original says:

William Mewes:

OK ..but WEB pics ,KP,and videos are reported and despised,by pro and non pro.If indeed an individual has posted that many images then that multiplied by many others possibly could add to the difficulty and expense in the culling ..That is a Flickr business decision and by reporting it you give them the chance to investigate and act accordingly..Most WEB PICs can be spotted by anyone with more than a year on flickr.They are a TOS violation.
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Mladen 56 says:

Just one more in a line of SmugMugging unfulfilled promises according Flickr.

"...We care about your photos, so we’re extending the timeline to March 12, 2019...."

What a travesty. M.
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Mladen 56 edited this topic 10 months ago.

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jellis50 says:

Thats ok I will delete all my photos as I can't afford $50 a year.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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Mladen 56 says:

Today, where relational databases are used to store and manage data, this Flickr/SmagMugging photo database is outdated, redundant and impractical to use.

15 years of no investment in product results in today's problems.

They can't even delete more than 1000 images on free accounts at a promised time, so they delay execution M.
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Buddha's Ghost says:

Mladen "999 Photos":

They can't even delete more than 1000 images on free accounts at a promised time, so they delay execution



That has nothing to do with it. I’d wager they delayed the deletion, because members who wish to download their photos from Flickr are having difficulty getting it done in time
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Nikos.K. says:

kmacgray:

Why should that bother me? On the contrary on google one has better control of what is public and what is not. Not to mention the excellent API offered for use with your apps.
Flickr heads backwards to a stone age. In the age of insanely cheep cloud storage, I am not biting flickr's (or should I say smugmug's) scrap!

Mladen "999 Photos":

Awesomely said!

"We care about your photos, so we’re extending the timeline to March 12, 2019."

Well, I no longer care for your scrappy service, thanks! I will delete my account on that day.
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kmacgray says:

Nikos.K.:

Well, if you're simply looking for cloud storage, you're in the wrong place on Flickr anyway, because they aren't a could storage service.
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Silanov says:

Good decision by Flickr. Hopefully in one month nobody will complain again about not having had enough time for a photo download.

Nikos.K.:

Well, I no longer care for your scrappy service, thanks! I will delete my account on that day.

Ok. But why waiting such a long time? Did it ever cross your mind that Flickr doesn't rely on your free membership?

In my opinion, you are just another honorary member of the new freebie society, who desperaterly tries to throw his (lacking) weight around. You want to leave? So why are you still here? Good bye and have fun at oh so fabulous cheap Google. I guess, nobody here will shed a tear over you.

By the way, do you think that your rants are relevant in regard to the topic of this thread? Well, I must admit, that they would be as irrelevant in almost every other thread as they are here in this one. So keep up ranting. Nobody is listening anyway, I suppose...
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East Texan the original says:

Nikos.K.:

Flickr heads backwards to a stone age. In the age of insanely cheep cloud storage, I am not biting flickr's (or should I say smugmug's) scrap!


No, actually Flickr which was designed to be a sharing photosite.The reason we are in this mess today is because poor decisions made it into a photo dumpsite..May I point out that you ate at the scrap trough as long as it was free.. You are similar to the folks who come to a dinner gathering but not only fail to pick up the occasional check,never leave a tip ,and then complain when after a time you are no longer invited to the gathering.The world is not designed to feed ,clothe,and entertain us for free.By all rights Flickr should have had a tiny fee just to come on the site and fave and comment from get go.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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CaptLarryS says:

Silanov:

+1
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Deepereyes says:

Um, the stats are not advanced anymore than they have always been.
On my iPhone I can only look at stats for the 5most viewed photos of the day or the 5 with the most all time views. I cannot go to my photo stream and look at stats for that photo. I still can only see stats for the last 28 days. That’s not new.
Please, I’d like to know exactly what these new advance stats are and where I can find them.
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray says:

Deepereyes:

Best to post in the official topic for mobile stats:

www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157702871482771/
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47604 says:

Silanov:

+1
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vharishankar says:

This is a good move, probably the decision was taken to ease the pressure of downloading so much content at once.

I am surprised that so many people have used Flickr as the one and only source of their photos. That too, when Flickr pre-dates the cloud-storage era.

I guess I belong to an earlier era where you used to store your data on drives that you own and have physical access to
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wjmilroy says:

I have discovered this deletion of files >1000, As I use flikr for iphone backup and occasional sharing with family I am doubtful about subscribing. I cannot see a GBP cost and the email I just found on yahoo just said 15% off by January which has now gone.
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José D... says:

"I am surprised that so many people have used Flickr as the one and only source of their photos."
AND I wonder about the reactions! Why wanting to be free? Why not pay for Flickr? It's less than 1 Dollar/Euro a day!
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kmacgray says:

JoséDay:

Why wanting to be free

Because many people think that once a service is free, it should remain free forever and ever, and they either don't think or don't care (or both) about how that service and the costs associated with running it should eventually be paid for.
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FinnCamera says:

JoséDay:

Because people feel blackmailing being wrong. Buy PRO or your photos will be destroyed. Not very good way attract people buying PRO account. And when people get something they don't like that it is taken away. There has been practically unlimited space many years and now people are shocked when this "eternal right" not be anymore. And even more frustrating that some of their photos will be deleted.
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k.broeste says:

I have just updated my free account to a pro account. All my pic from before 2015 are gone from my account. How do I get them back?
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Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska says:

k.broeste:

Your Pro account was created in 2015.
Most probably you have another, older, free account and that's where the missing pictures are.
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k.broeste says:

Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska:

ok but all my pictures where in this account until 1 month ago... I had pictures from back 2011 placed on the camaroll? I only did create a Free account, and upgrated it to a PRO this morning when I saw my pictures where goen. My Question is can I get the missing ones back again?
Posted 10 months ago. ( permalink )
k.broeste edited this topic 10 months ago.

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Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska says:

k.broeste:

I saw my pictures where goen
Go once again to your photostream and change the view to 'View all'. Then switch the order of how the photos are sorted "Date uploaded' - 'Date taken'.
Does it change anything?
How many photos do you have?
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Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska says:

Your uploads will be locked soon message is back. Annoying...
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JoeyP3829 says:

All of my photos seem to be gone already. What happened to the extension?
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JoeyP3829 says:

Marta "999 Photos" Wojtkowska:

all of my photos are gone already, none of the options reveal anything.
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kmacgray says:

JoeyP3829:

Are you sure you aren't referring to a different account where your photos are?

www.flickr.com/search/people/?username=Joey%20p
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Captain Bark (read my profile) says:

I just downloaded my 3452 photos to my own NAS drive.
Flickr can do whatever they want. I'm not going to pay.

I don't need storage. I just like to share my photos.
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Captain Bark (read my profile) edited this topic 10 months ago.

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danielnogueira78 says:

pacfolly:

My feelings and laments have been laying here for some time at Twitter ... twitter.com/flickrhelp/status/1071777892730880000?s=21

From 1000 Gigs to 1000 pics in a glance ... and now being “at risk of deletion” ... when they have lots of engineers working hard doing we don’t know what but “Shirley” not doing improvements and adding new features to the mobile app, for instance ...

Pay us and hope to get “great new things” so good that we cannot even start mentioning it ...

I don’t need more time. I need better things to compel me to give MY money to you guys. A Better application. A Better mobile interface. Better filters… why, after all this time, there’s still no way on #Flickr to filter fotos by where they were shot ?!? That’s just an example …

I like living a risk of deletion, I have my old dvds to rely to, instead of a cluttered Camera Roll that is basically just a column of bars for us to try to use it to scroll ...

I’m not paying for this service as it is today. so ...

Oh, Go On Then, Eject Me, See If I Care.

I’ll be relying on iCloud Photos, Thank You.
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The North West Of Nowhere says:

adstads:

Upgrading to Flickr Pro gives you unlimited storage and benefits like ad-free browsing


I find it interesing, as on many threads they say they don't see hadrly any ads as non-pro users (myself included) and yet it's sold as a pro feature. Also, there are those that say that flickr could not be ad-supported, but since there's hardly any, if any, ads, that's hard to prove.

Well.
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The North West Of Nowhere says:

danielnogueira78:

there’s still no way on #Flickr to filter fotos by where they were shot ?!?


Not in the app, but you can go to the map on the web and search for photos taken in a certain area, be it the whole of the zoomed page you are in, be it a certain name of a city, region, whatever.

Of course, it works less than perfectly, and when you click on the map of a photo, it takes you a map of the area in which, more often than not, it won't show you the photo from which you've got there.

And also, I would really love to see a more interactive map, in which you could draw a region in a map and choose to see photos taken only inside that area. Say you want to see photos taken by a certain rivershore, a part of a city (street, borough, parish, whatever) that the map can't understand or can't properly understand...
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danielnogueira78 says:

The North West Of Nowhere:

I would like to see my Camera Roll Pictures, which I took Here or There, today or any given day, in an Application or at least a Mobile Suited webpage ... that, and some more things done and bugs solved, would (maybe) deserve my money ...

There’s no such thing so ... Go On, Eject Me.

Ohh, and Try to leave my Public pictures online and erase my Camera Roll while you’re at it, Thank You Very Much ... that is, if you do really “care about our pictures” as you so eloquently have been saing ...
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Handsomejimfrommaryland says:

Flickr needs our photos more than we need Flickr. I'm the only one I know in the real world (except Jason) that even goes to Flickr. All my photos have always been backed-up on storage devices.
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Musin' with Susan says:

I requested that an album with 900+ photos be downloaded so I could reduce the number in my Flickr and maintain free membership status. I received the Zip file, but my album is still on Flickr. I really don't understand how to get rid of it.
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kmacgray says:

Musin' with Susan:

Requesting the zip files doesn't automatically remove photos from your account. If you want to delete photos from your account, you need to manually do it.
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Pacdog says:

Handsomejimfrommaryland:

Flickr needs paying members to support the site. They want to support the commons also, but end of the day the bills have to be paid.
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Alek Davis (Yahoo!) says:

I have been a Pro user since around 2005, even though I did not have to (I could've used a free account), but I will not be renewing my subscription, even though I can afford the $4/mo fee. I'm not sure where I will migrate (thinking of 500px, Google photos, or maybe will just keep photos on my Plex), but I will not be supporting a company that screws up its customers. And don't get me started about how Flickr can raise prices. Sure, I'm not complaining about the fee hike (even, though it's 100% hike for me with no added benefits). I'm complaining how this was done. And I understand the strategy: people have their photos referenced by blogs, articles, etc, so if you threaten them that you'll delete the photos, they'll pretty much be taken hostages. And many will be forced to switch to a Pro account or renew. But guess, what: some of us will quit. I hope this will be a lesson on how not to do business.
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Alek Davis (Yahoo!) says:

Pacdog:

Sure, but a lot of people made their photos available for the world and did not make any money on Flickr, right? Flickr could've just said: okay, will set a limit on all future uploads (whatever they are, maybe 1000 photos or whatever), but we will honor the existing customers and let them keep what they had uploaded in the past. This would be good karma and the right thing to do. Of course, the customers would not have been been put in the hostage position and would have less insensitive to pay, but we'll see which strategy proves right.
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Silanov says:

Chapeau! You guys always manage to make a thread with a certain topic just another whining thread. That really compels my admiration.

Of course, umless I am very much mistaken, all these lamentations have nothing to do with the thread's issue any longer, which is the timeline extension, but who cares about subjects according to titles?

You want to lament? So keep up doing. Other users have already got used to the fact that you moaners hijjack every thread you wish to hijack.

If it would be me, who'd be so dissatisfied and fed uo with Flickr, I personally would leave without making such a fuss in the forum. I would just inform my regular contacts, tell them what I plan to do and there would go my Flickr account.

But all you moaners seem to be so full of yourself. that you don't even realise that Flickr staff and other users who still plan to stay aren't really interested in what you do or leave. A certain user decrease was expectable and hence, Flickr/Smugmug has factored it in.

Alek Davis (Yahoo!):

And I understand the strategy: people have their photos referenced by blogs, articles, etc, so if you threaten them that you'll delete the photos, they'll pretty much be taken hostages. And many will be forced to switch to a Pro account or renew.

My photos are also in several blogs, articles and even commercial websites. But I personally don't care about any of them as they are not my own blogs, articles or commercial websites. I have never authorized anybody to use my photos, as all my pictures are copyright reserved. So people use them against my explicit will. Of course have I understood that there's not much I can do against piracy, but why should I have to care about those pirates, if I would choose to delete my photos?

True, if some others who quit Flickr or have to shrink their photostreams now, have allowed third parties to use their photos, these third parties currenty face some losses for sure. However, such a collateral damage is inevitable for Flickr. Unfortunate indeed, but yet inevitable.

Howsoever, there would still be some ways to largely avoid this, even without becoming a pro member. E.g. like keeping the photos of which you know that third parties use them in your current photostream and starting a new account for the other older photos and/or the photos you plan to upload in the future.
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FinnCamera says:

Alek Davis (Yahoo!):

Agree. For me too best strategy would had been put limit to 1000 photos but allowing users keep all old photos. This might had been taken better and perhaps more people would had bought PRO account instead relucantely deleting their photos or even their account. Perhaps even better would had been if Flickr would had created some cheaper alternative for them who just want post photos but don't so much care about all PRO extra.
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.:shk:. says:

pacfolly:

Well said. I feel the same.
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Malcolm Hare Photography and Tuition says:

It sounds awful but I really hope flickr carry on as they have said as i have already deleted thousands of images. If they decide to go back on there policy I will delete everything and move on.
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The North West Of Nowhere says:

danielnogueira78:

Hey, I'm not part of flickr, I'm not any more involved with flickr than you, I was just telling you that search by geolocation already exists, not on mobile (as far as I know) but it does exist on the web. It doesn't work properly to my taste (or anybody's for that matter) but it exists.

Other than that, I'm not the one you can complain to. Go somewhere else for that.
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pgoeltz says:

East Texan the original:

@don ceo @smugmug, who cares maybe just get it working stop the BS
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pgoeltz says:

Musin' with Susan:

dont count on CS to help.... look it up or try google.
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Emma Soh says:

please give a little more space, like 1200 or 1500 photos. it's so hard to filter so many photos! we all have been using this for years...
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kmacgray says:

pgoeltz:

Just an FYI that @ replies don't work here in the help forum.
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whoemro says:

adstads:

Dear Adstads,

I am with the World Health Organization Eastern Med Region and we use Flickr as a place to store and share photos internally. We love it. We upgraded our account to Pro just this week (we paid; we didn't know non-profits could go free) but I notice that several of our albums are missing. Can you please tell us how to get them back? Help!

Thank you,
Sara @ WHO EMRO
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kmacgray says:

whoemro:

Is it just the albums that are missing or the actual photos within the albums themselves? Albums don't contain actual photos, and albums can be deleted without removing the images. If the original images are still in your account, you can simply recreate the albums.
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sagravespics says:

East Texan the original:

I, too, took advantage of what I considered a free photo storage site. It was great to have a place to share family photos with other family members or friends. It was a great option other than storing photos on thumb drives, cd's, computers, phones, etc. One stop storage and share. Over time I accumulated over 40,000 photos and videos. These represented my life, my family, my experiences. The frustration is that for many years I felt that my memories were safe, protected, accessible, and manageable. I, and others, now feel betrayed, scared of losing a piece of ourselves, losing valuable memories, etc. It may not have been designed for what I was using it for, but it served its purpose for me perfectly. The solution? Pay $50 a year and be quiet. That is doable, but I will always wonder when my photos, memories will be held for ransom again. If I add 40,000 more and can't download or save them from Smug mug are they going to ask for $100, $500, $1,000 a year for which I am on the hook and feel extorted. For now Google pics is a viable solution and very user friendly. Maybe it is designed for someone with needs like mine. It just hurts and is scary that a solution that I depended on and believed in is now demanding money with the threat of deleting all my memories (over 1,000). And this is on top of the fact that I steered several family members and friends to Flickr and they are now yelling at me! I feel foolish.
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kmacgray says:

sagravespics:

The frustration is that for many years I felt that my memories were safe, protected, accessible, and manageable.

If these images are that important to you, surely you have them stored in multiple locations and not only on Flickr?
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Alek Davis (Yahoo!) says:

sagravespics:

Exactly my feeling. And I feel so stupid for trying to get my friends and relatives to use Flickr, so when people were telling me that they were fine with Google, I'd go into the long rants on how Flickr is superior to any other platform in any respect. I'm glad not everybody followed my advice.
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NDLineGeek says:

If the mass-delete begins in March, it should be a 'smart delete', taking first those pictures with no comments / favorites, then those not in groups.

I would just have left my account to twist in the wind (and have doubled-down on my ipernity membership), but having had a number of my pictures here land in Explore (and two garnering 10K+ views), I'm reluctant to just let this account go.
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The Searcher says:

sagravespics:

It was a great option other than in addition to storing photos on thumb drives, cd's, computers, phones, etc.


Fixed it for you. Safe data management is a tough lesson to learn sometimes. There is never a situation or solution where storing your ONLY copy of something important to you, in only ONE location that you can't control, is a good plan. There is no service anywhere, not Flickr or Google or Amazon, that would recommend storing your ONLY copies with them. It's one of the worst possible things to do, outside of maybe getting involved in a land war in Asia.
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Scarlet Pimpernel says:

sagravespics:

Some ideas here of where you might want to cloud store your images..
www.techradar.com/uk/best/best-cloud-storage-2019-for-pho...
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Walwyn says:

Nikos.K.:

Really? Do you think that flickr owns it's users' photos? Do you think that by inviting someone makes you owner of his/her photos? You 're really kiddin!
I would recommend kicking people with such ideas out to keep the community healthy.


What are you cluelessly whining about? If I'm looking for an image on a subject I'll go to a well maintained subject group, rather than wade through a general search with 1000s of low impact and irrelevant images.

Someone like David Dale and other group admins provides a service that flickr has been incapable of doing for years.
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Walwyn says:

Thomas Hawk:

an account that just went to the fireworks show with their camera on burst mode and have their account suck down 8,000 badly lit and composed fireworks photos in a row all tagged with the search term that I'm trying to wade through at a given point in time.


Don't do a general search for fireworks, go to a well maintained group dedicated to firework photos. Although flickr tried to destroy the groups back in 2013 some have survived. Though they are probably terminally weakened by now and as expressed above the admins of such groups are now wondering what the point was as the images they curated are now being junked.
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Walwyn says:

vharishankar:

I am surprised that so many people have used Flickr as the one and only source of their photos. That too, when Flickr pre-dates the cloud-storage era.


That assumes that people have PCs these days. Quite a few have tablets, or just phones and don't have facilities to buy or attach hard disks to anything even if they wanted to. There photos are automatically uploaded to some cloud storage such as icloud, google photos, fb, flickr, or some other site.

If all you have is phone with say 16gb of storage then getting data of flickr is going to be a bit of a challenge.
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kmacgray says:

Walwyn:

If all you have is phone with say 16gb of storage then getting data of flickr is going to be a bit of a challenge.

But, to be direct, that's not Flickr's problem. We are all responsible for the safekeeping of our images, not Flickr.
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