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Old 11-08-2018, 03:57 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Decapod401 View Post
I wrote a letter voicing my concerns to the support line, and received the following response, which largely is a rehash of the announcement:

Thank you for contacting Flickr.

SmugMug has long had a saying that resonates deeply with the Flickr team and the way we believe we can best serve your needs: “You are not our product. You are our priority.” We want to build features and experiences that delight you. We know some of the changes to Flickr will have a large impact on some of our users, but we are working incredibly hard and carefully to ensure that we continue to build a sustainable business in support of our vibrant community of photographers.

At the heart of Flickr is our community, and we believe Flickr photographers should be our priority and not our product. In 2013 when Yahoo introduced a free terabyte of photo storage, it attracted members who were drawn by the free storage, not by engagement with our community of photography lovers. This shifted our platform away from a focus on community interaction to an interest in advertisers’ priorities.

Flickr’s goal has always been to maintain a community of photographers, giving them a way to share their images with others of similar interests, rather than being a “cloud” service or a place to store photos. Reducing the free storage offering ensures that we run Flickr on subscriptions, which guarantees that our focus is always on how to make your experience better. We want to build features and experiences that delight you, not our advertisers; ensuring that our members are also our customers makes this possible.

We believe Free members are essential to a vibrant, healthy Flickr. We are determined to provide a free tier that allows anyone to meaningfully participate in, and contribute to, the Flickr community. In regards to the amount of photos now being allowed, generally photographers don’t tend to think about their photos in megabytes and gigabytes. Counting photos is simpler and more intuitive, and it’s also more closely aligned to Flickr’s past—before 2013, free members could upload 200 photos. We liked the idea of returning to our roots, but with free space for five times as many photos as before.

We understand that this is a big change, however, we do anticipate that these changes will move Flickr forward in its original aim of being a vibrant, thriving community of photographers, able to interact with those who share a similar passion.

Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns, and we’ll be happy to help.

I've seen that response word for word elsewhere- some Flickr staffer simply cut-and-pasted it.
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