I have had no Flickr access for the past week. Instead, I have been greeted with a splash page that indicates that I will now need a Yahoo! ID to access my account with helpful links from the page entitled, "(Why?)" and "Get started?"
Being a curious monkey who was intrigued by a mystery, I followed your "(Why?)" link. Instead of an explanation, I found this:
"On March 20th, 2007 we'll be discontinuing the old email-based Flickr sign in system. From that point on, everyone will have to use a Yahoo! ID to sign in to Flickr."
Fair enough, but I'd like to point out that saying that you are requiring me to switch to a Yahoo! ID to access my Flickr account does not answer why you are requiring me to switch to a Yahoo! ID. I realize that you then went on to explain that you are simplifying the login process in preparation for "large projects" you anticipate for the near future, but lets be honest... that statement raises more questions than it answers.
My favorite piece of the explanation by far, however, was the link for "Complete details and answers to most common questions." Ah! Here the mystery would be solved? No. Far from it. This link led to the splash page that indicates I will now need a Yahoo! ID to access my Flickr account.
Signing up for the Yahoo! account has been a trip as well. Seeing as komos and wheelrat were both appropriated by previous users, I found myself stuck with the option of contorting my name and stringing a random series of numbers after it or having to come up with something entirely new.
I panicked, and am now pretty sure that I'll soon be getting email from fans of J-'s Oz/OC crossover slash fiction. If you need to reach me and don't feel like using my gmail, just drop a line to: superponyunicorn at yahoo dot com