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Petitio Principii - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Petitio Principii
Dear Yahoo!:

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

Cheers,
-P
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teddywookie From: teddywookie Date: March 30th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember when yahoo did that to geocities back in the day. It struck me just now that it was early enough that I could have picked something significant but instead went with an apparently random alphanumeric string.

It sucks that they're forcing everyone onto the same domain, but I'm glad because superponyunicorn is awesome.
komos From: komos Date: March 30th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just wish I could take credit for it.
starflow From: starflow Date: March 30th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
We did the same thing when we stole one of their possible names for Beeferton, and named our wireless network General Suppertime.
komos From: komos Date: March 30th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't think that General Suppertime didn't cross my mind.
From: aphorisic Date: March 30th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Although the explanations seem maddeningly circular, I will say in their defense (why? who can say!) that they did notify people a year or so ago.
komos From: komos Date: March 30th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a free service, and if they want to change login requirements it's their business. I don't care that much except for not having my choice of usernames. I also reserve the right to point out that offering an explanation that isn't an explanation is a little on the useless side.
From: aphorisic Date: March 30th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I know! I am on your side.
komos From: komos Date: March 30th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know that. Shit, did we not share the mole pork of deliciousness? WE ARE BROTHERS!
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: March 30th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehehe... mole pork.
komos From: komos Date: March 30th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does that make a better username than superponyunicorn?
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: March 30th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Depends on who you're trying to entice.
komos From: komos Date: March 30th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait, we're still talking about Mexican food, right?
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: March 30th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can call them food if you want, but they're still nothing more than cheap prostitutes where I come from... er... wait...

::smokebomb::
komos From: komos Date: March 30th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
San Jose is a tough town... and there are NINJAS!
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: March 30th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha!

Never fear, for I don't actually have any fans of my insanely crack-addled Oz/Buffy/OC crossover slash fiction.

Though I may be posting some Supernatural.... fiction.... to that journal soon.
komos From: komos Date: March 30th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude! THEY'RE BROTHERS!
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: March 30th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uh... smokebomb?
komos From: komos Date: March 30th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
NOT YOU TOO!
mein From: mein Date: March 30th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Advice: don't use yahoo. You get like ten emails before boom your storage is full.
komos From: komos Date: March 31st, 2007 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm pretty content with gmail in spite of its fostering bad habits in me.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: March 30th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
the drunk flikr master says 'there is only one answer to all questions."
komos From: komos Date: March 31st, 2007 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Is there also only one question to all answers?
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