• "....Make no bones about it, Yahoo's corporate demands are gonna end up killing us...."
  • "....Hey, didn't Yahoo tell Flickr they could run Tech Support with a Skeleton Crew ? So what the hell are they complaining to us for ?.....Let management come over here and solve the damn problems..."
  • "My Stats read ZERO again. Which one of you guys screwed that one up? Damn....I need another beer. And where the hell is that Pizza guy..."
  • "...I have an idea. Let's go back to using Windows VISTA..."
  • What the hell are you guys talking about? Gentlemen, this meeting will come to order RIGHT NOW. First item of business: somebody close the window. I feel a draft...."
  • Looking good Bob. - Robert Mallon
  • Feeling good Jim. - Robert Mallon
  • Gentlemen, I think I've found a way out of this mess. I have here a brand new 512 MB FLASH DRIVE from BEST BUY. We can install it directly into the USB port on the back of flickr's main server. That should solve all of our storage and speed problems for the next 10 years, and keep the bugs out forever. Keep your fingers crossed

WE INTERRUPT THIS PHOTOSTREAM TO BRING YOU THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL REPORT FROM FLICKr'S TECHNICAL SUPPORT STAFF

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An open letter to our loyal friends, free account holders, and creative Pro members,

Happy Halloween to all of you !

Here at Flickr Headquarters, over the last six months we have been getting a few complaints --- especially from our esteemed pro paying members, and even a few disgruntled comments from our one-terabyte "freebie members".

There seems to be a unanimous opinion among a handful of you that our Flickr pages are running slower than snails swimming in molasses due to our awesome scrolling format, and that one or two minor little bugs are causing some inconsequential problems.

Apparently, these problems only occurs on those extremely rare occasions when someone clicks on any buttons at any time on any page that has anything to do with....

(1) trying to log on,

(2) accessing Flickr from your tool bar,

(3) uploading your own photos,

(4) looking at your own photos,

(5) looking at other peoples photos,

(6) trying to get the "Fave Button" to work,

(7) getting your caption corrections and revisions to save,

(8) getting your hypertext markups to save,

(9) refreshing your Home Page (or any other page),

(10) checking your new and highly-inflated awesome daily stats (which sometimes read zero),

(11) posting comments,

(12) finding out where your "Collections" went

(13) Saving to Sets

(14) Sending to Groups

(15) Getting the Organizr to Organize

(16) In-Photo Notes not working

(17) The Up-Loader is quirky

(18) The "new" Nokia Maps that we promised would be way better, still aren't way better.

(19) finding any meaningful help at the HELP pages,

and finally.....

(20) other insignificant, hardly-noticeable, minor little problems. For example, your attempted actions totally timing out, or, one of our Flickr staff accidentally deleting your entire account.

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About GEOTAGGING... any problems with that might be related to our super-duper, top-of-the-line MAPS which we obtained by attaching alligator clips to the back of a NOKIA Smart Phone. Yes, we know that for half of you, the maps are so bad they are not worth the cyber-paper they are printed on. But, you will get used to it after a while. Everyone does.

We also think that some of the problems might be due to the "worm-hole effect" --- that is, the bugs that exist in our bank of servers on one side of the room, somehow jump over to unrelated servers on the other side of the room, due to something called quantum tunneling.

It's also possible the culprit might be our PHOTO UP-LOADER, which still has a few bugs in it (apparently from an old mattress we found in an abandoned Motel).

Actually, we're not really sure why we continue to have all of these problems, but are looking into it.

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PROOF THAT WE CARE

Although lacking the nervous systems of you "normal people", we here at Flickr do feel your pain, and the tech support staff --- including our chief hardware and software engineers seen above --- are working hard to solve these alleged problems.

In fact, we are now on our SECOND "new format" rollout of 2013, and BETA TESTING of our new "Photo Experience" should result in a new Flickr that is just as awesome as the last new Flickr of six months ago.

In order to make it as up-to-date a possible, were are taking all of the easy-to-read, multi-word tags that you've carefully crafted over the years, and running them all together into one alphabet soup of hash-tags. We copied this idea from TWITTER, and know that all of you will love it.

#Flickrisalmostcertainlythebestonlinephotomanagementandsharingapplicat ionintheworld

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In order to PROVE TO YOU that we are doing all we can, we are allowing Okinawa Soba to post the above restricted photograph of us holding a special meeting to discuss these issues.

Although Flickr does not usually reveal corporate secrets and technical details, the leader of our trouble-shooting team (seated in the center) is holding a very small, hi-tech piece of newly acquired equipment on the table in front of him.

We believe this new up-grade to our system will solve any problems you might be experiencing.

The forthcoming solution to every bug and every problem Flickr has ever had is explained in the photo note that appears on the table, which may be accessed by Flickr's top secret method of moving the cursor over the hi-lighted note box. We ask that you not reveal this to anyone working over at PHOTO BUCKET or IPERNIA.

Yellow notes in photo are taken directly from transcripts of our highly technical discussion.

HOWEVER, before solving these issues that are of such importance to you all, we are first waiting for one of our Flickr interns to bring us a mop. We need to clean up the floor after we're done drinking our beer --- which seems to go right through us.

We thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

Flickr Tech Support.

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PS. While we at Flickr DO NOT RECOMMEND OR ENDORSE THE ACTIONS LISTED BELOW, until we can get things fixed, several Flickr members have found one or more of the following options to be very helpful in solving any recurring problems with the Flickr pages.

(1) Popping two Aspirin and a couple of large Cyanide capsules with a glass of milk.

(2) Jumping off the highest bridge you can find.

(3) Throwing yourself under a fast-moving Diesel Locomotive.

(4) Emptying a 12-Gauge Shotgun Blast directly into your computer from point-blank range.

(5) Deleting your account, and starting from scratch with IPERNIA.

Most report that the last two are not as effective as the first three in solving the problem.

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  1. wquatman 57 months ago | reply

    Hilarious!!! Now, if only it weren´t true.

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called U.S. Politics and the World; Political Debate & Discussion Blog, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    We´d also love to have you join us at:
    www.flickr.com/groups/worldpolitics/

  2. Okinawa Soba 57 months ago | reply

    Hi Wquatman --- It's been four months since I posted the silly thing, and my account has not yet been deleted. Apparently, the folks at flickr have a good sense of humor, and I have been spared the death penalty.....so far.

  3. listomaniac13@yahoo.com 42 months ago | reply

    I have heard of slow restaurant service before, but SHEESH!!!

  4. yoborobo 42 months ago | reply

    Hee hee! :)

  5. snowfoxcreations / ningyousuki 6 months ago | reply

    Soba, try using the mobile website. They haven't "fixed" it- yet. (I *think* that I have the main links for it listed in my profile- at least, I did. The only thing that won't work via the mobile website version are Groups and some of the editing features...)
    i've pretty much given up on the full site, except when editing- it's just too slow for my Morse-Code-Telegraph speed internet connection. I've heard even the guys with fast connections are having problems.)
    it's kinda sad when one has to find hacks to make a site work as it should. :(

  6. snowfoxcreations / ningyousuki 6 months ago | reply

    Oh! Editing confous won't work via mobile, either- as my typos and lost paragraphs in the post above just informed me. :'(

  7. snowfoxcreations / ningyousuki 6 months ago | reply

    Oh! Editing comments won't work via mobile, either- as my typos and lost paragraphs in the post above just informed me. :'(

  8. Okinawa Soba 6 months ago | reply

    Hi, Snow Fox --- I originally posted the above view over 4 years ago. I moved it to this slot for HALLOWEEN, while revising the old caption a little bit. Some of the problems, bugs, and glitches listed are no doubt out-dated, and no longer an issue with many people.... but I've left them there as a reminder of a few things that many of us have struggled with over the years as Flickr staff continues to dump what most grew to love, and "fix what isn't broken" in their quest to maintain "awesomeness" --- which sometimes translates as a severe downgrading of a once pleasurable experience.

    For others (teenagers with smart phones?) the new roll-outs that try to copy Facebook and Twitter (while relegating all of the serious tools to the back burner) are probably "wow, so cool".

    Perhaps the only thing that has remained applicable are the five ways to fix the problems --- listed in my PS as the bottom of the caption. Obviously, at the time, I was just going for a few laughs, and, like many of my other captions, I just got to long winded. I really need to hire an editor.... ^_^

  9. omoo 6 months ago | reply

    beautiful holiday spirits!

  10. lexla 6 months ago | reply

    i'm with you!

  11. CyboRoZ 6 months ago | reply

    you captured my thoughts: the new flickr interface really sucks!
    being a pro from 2006 I'll probably go away to some decent photography site.
    can't stand waiting forever and scrolling just empty photo place-holders!

  12. Nikita Hengbok (On Vacation) 6 months ago | reply

    Hahaha... this is FUNNY!
    And yeah, I hate the new Flickr interface too! Taking too slow to do anything due to lousy scripting! Wish they put back the old one. Perhaps they just employed a new batch of tech guys from Pakistan or something. They all come with fake certificates!

    A Brilliant Capture! Excellent Work! Well Done, My Friend!
    This is a personalized Friendship Award to you for being such a wonderful friend and/or in recognition of your great achievements in Art or Photography. This also serve as my heartfelt thanks for your lovely comments in my pics.


    For more details about this award, please click on the image.

  13. Samm Bennett 6 months ago | reply

    Haha! Excellent!

  14. Okinawa Soba 5 months ago | reply

    Thanks, you two. I do think I got a bit carried away, though. ;-)

  15. Okinawa Soba 5 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the comments ! How does everybody like the new Beta ? So far I'm sticking with the old new one. ;-)

  16. chupacabra runner 5 months ago | reply


    I don't like the new Beta version, all the info to the right of the photo is distracting. Maybe the decision makers at Flickr should get all the quirks out of the current version instead of trying to produce something new.

  17. Okinawa Soba 4 months ago | reply

    I must have been drunk....

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