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25 Apr 2018 8:11 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2018 10:11 a.m. PST

I am not sure what is going to happen with this, but I just moved to Flickr because of all the mess with Photobucket, I will have a melt down if I have to find someone else again.

Here are SmugMug terms for those of you like me who use Flickr.
Here is their privacy policy.

You have until May 25, 2018 to delete your account to prevent the data transfer if you do not like it.

I am not sure I like all of the terms laid out by them.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2018 10:25 a.m. PST

Got the email this morning. Like you I recently moved to Flickr.

I went through the Terms and Agreement and while ambiguous I didn't see anything specific that required payment or blockage of 3rd party posting.

Then again, according to the above they could always change that.

I really hope I won't have to find another service.

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2018 10:43 a.m. PST

I think you should assume it will be pay to play. The industry is changing and it is going there eventually.

doublesix6623 Apr 2018 2:07 p.m. PST

This is the sort of crap I don't like

Log Information: We log information about your use of the Services, including the type of browser you use, access times, pages viewed, your IP address and the page you visited before navigating to our Services

To much snooping going on for my likes why do they need access to my pages viewed etc, just so that they can sell the information on to 3rd parties to bombard you with selling emails

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 4:15 a.m. PST

Flickr already collected all that info, doublesix, but it wasn't displayed in any obvious way unless you used a stats app based on Flickr's API. As far as I can tell, they've never used it to spam me.

I'm willing to wait and see what Smugmug does with the service before I take any drastic action. My account survived the last couple management changes intact, but that may have just been because I was grandfathered in as an early adopter with an unlimited Pro account. What I'm really concerned about is that they might not preserve the static urls, so all of the pictures I've linked to over the years will become gray boxes or broken link icons.

We shall see.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Apr 2018 8:09 p.m. PST

…why do they need access to my pages viewed etc…

This used to be something that was automatically reported, so that if you go to page B, page B's server is told that you came from page A (wherever it was). The information is dumped into the standard server log by default. At least, that's how it used to be.

I remember years and years ago, I was looking at the server logs for some reason (something I almost never do), and saw that someone had come to TMP from a URL with a very feminine name… out of curiosity, I looked it up.

Porn grin

I was surprised that someone would think to visit TMP immediately after a porn break, but hey…

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP23 May 2018 9:32 a.m. PST

In their latest communication, we are assured that . . .

"The Flickr product and brand will live on under SmugMug ownership. You will still access the same Flickr you know and love at and via our mobile apps. SmugMug and Flickr will remain separate brands and you will continue to have options for free and Pro Flickr accounts."

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Nov 2018 12:37 p.m. PST


SmugMug has left Flickr intact so far. The annual fee for Pro accounts with unlimited storage are going up from $24.99 USD to $49.99 USD, although a variety of other percs and services are being offered to Pro account holders as compensation. Free accounts are being capped at 1000 photos as of January 1st 2019.

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