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heleninwales
heleninwales
Woe, woe and thrice woe!
I was horrified to see the new Flickr design. All the images just crammed together as though you had tipped a box of snapshots out onto the table and the font has got tinier.

Why is it that the older I get the smaller the text becomes? I know the resolution of the new screens is much better, but that still doesn't mean that I want everything in the equivalent of 8 point.

I am seriously going to have to look into how to alter setting, but then usually if you do that, it messes up the display.

*sigh*

Also, there isn't going to be a sensible way to keep my Flickr use ad-free. I pay for a "Pro" account and have done since I started on Flickr about 5 years ago, but they're doubling the price and the only benefit is not seeing adverts.

*more sighs*

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated

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steepholm From: steepholm Date: May 21st, 2013 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Hear, hear! I use Flickr only in a very casual way, but the new design seems horrible. Also, the new price structure strikes me as stupid (from their point of view). If they're giving everyone 1Tb for nothing, what's the attraction of a Pro account for casual users such as myself? Will they really make more out of me through selling advertising on my page? I find that hard to believe.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 21st, 2013 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
There really is no point in having a Pro account any more. It not only gave you more storage space but also more features, like the ability to replace a photo. But it's not worth paying the new price just to avoid adverts. I'm actually pretty good at ignoring ads, but they really slow a site down. If I hadn't just upgraded my computer 3 weeks ago, I would be stuffed now. :(
steepholm From: steepholm Date: May 21st, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fwiw, I just downgraded to Free, and was told that it would be impossible to go back to Pro at a later date. Sounds like they want everyone to be Free in the long run.
lil_shepherd From: lil_shepherd Date: May 21st, 2013 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
The Flickr forums are full of yells of "Change it back, now!!!!"

I found one link that told me I could change a layout, but it's broken.

The site does not appear to be running properly at the moment, and it's just a damn mess.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 21st, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems that any links purporting to lead to an option to change layout are just a cruel hoax. :(

I also tried to replace the header photo with a plain grey strip, but that's not working at the moment and everything is running very sluggishly. Lots of spinning blue balls.
From: cmcmck Date: May 21st, 2013 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
First Photobucket (which is still an appalling, treacle slow mess smothered in ads) now Flickr.

Sigh! :o(

The design geeks seem determined to screw up every photo hosting site in creation. They can't actually be photographers.

We're considering switching to Chromebox for computing purposes and I hope the on board photo hosting on Google is better than either of these have become!

They've plainly never run into the old adage- if a thing ain't broke, don't fix it...............
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 21st, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not just that the ads are annoying. In fact I'm pretty good at ignoring them, but they really slow a site down. If I hadn't just upgraded my computer 3 weeks ago, I would be stuffed now. :(

After a bit of rummaging around, I have found how to do most things again, but I hate the automatic slide shows. I kept clicking in what I thought was a blank space and it moved on to another photo.

It's going to be much harder to browse a friend's stream to look for a particular image too.

Unfortunately, I don't know of a better photosharing site and I'm mostly on Flickr because of the people I know in various groups, so I suppose I'll just have to grit my teeth and put up with it.
asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: May 21st, 2013 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't realize they're doubling the price. I guess there goes my paid account.

I LOATHE the new look, and as puddleshark points out on green knight's page, it stinks if you've got a slow connection speed -_-

Edited at 2013-05-21 10:48 am (UTC)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 21st, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I hadn't just upgraded my computer 3 weeks ago, I would be stuffed now. :( I absolutely hate the tiled effect on the photostreams.

After a bit of rummaging around, I have found how to do most things again, but I hate the automatic slide shows. I kept clicking in what I thought was a blank space and it moved on to another photo.

It's going to be much harder to browse a friend's stream to look for a particular image too.

Unfortunately, I don't know of a better photosharing site and I'm mostly on flickr because of the people I know in various groups, so I suppose I'll just have to grit my teeth and put up with it.
asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: May 21st, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Same here; I basically figure that if I'm *anyplace* long enough, they're either going to go bankrupt or do something I don't like, so I might as well stick with what I know.
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: May 21st, 2013 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
They seem to have gone for style over functionality. I wanted to change the name of one of my photos, and could not figure out how to do it.

When I renewed my pro account in December, I paid for 2 years. Wondering if that was a good idea after all.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 21st, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
My Pro account expires in July, but it seems to be set to auto-renew. I will need to make sure that I don't end up paying for another year when there's no real benefit.

I believe that if you have a while to run on your account, they will give you a pro-rata refund if you opt for a free account before August. I suggest having a look at the help pages for details of how to claim your money back.

This might be a good starting place.
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: May 21st, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is really, really disappointing. I've been recommending (and defending) Flickr for years, but no longer.
lil_shepherd From: lil_shepherd Date: May 21st, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had an e-mail from Flickr yesterday saying that I could back out of my Pro account if I wanted to do so, but that otherwise it would just run on as normal.

I've found most of what I need to find (such as being able to see my collections because, hey, I'm organised.) Those three little dots at the top of the screen give you extra options, if that helps.
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: May 21st, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I was able to do it on my work (Windows) computer. It just doesn't like my MacBook, I guess!
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