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Yahoo accidentally deletes Flickr account with 4,000 pictures

By Emil ยท 26 replies
Feb 2, 2011
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  1. Update: After the story received plenty of coverage around the Web, and in a fortunate turnaround for German photographer Mirco Wilhelm, Flickr has managed to restore his account. The original story is below.

    Read the whole story
  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,093   +1,544

    Holy smokes - LAWSUIT PENDING.
  3. Squuiid

    Squuiid TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +20

    Yet another Yawho? fa1l.
  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +67

    And the "Most unlucky man of the week award" goes to.....Mirco Wilhelm!

    Poor bugger.
  5. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 783

    Assume this means that Yahoo never runs backups, cloud computing at it's finest.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    "Is there anything else I can do?"

    Yes, here is a DVD with all my pictures on it, and now you can recreate all the tags, links, and other information. You have a week. Cheers!
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    Seriously. If I'm paying for a PRO account I expect PRO safety measures. This would include your service BACKING UP MY STUFF.
  8. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,966   +223

    Usually when working with databases this is not so easy to implement.
    I mean sure you have backups, but restoring only one specific users data into several tables can be a difficult process...

    Even more so if you have links to these files with unique database ID's
    If you want them to match aswell you have yourself a little nightmare :(

    Hence why you do not actually delete anything unless you are really sure of what you are doing, you simply deactivate or hide the information first instead...
  9. Mushroom

    Mushroom TS Rookie Posts: 32

    you would have to establish his pictures were worth anything. Just like if you develop film at walmart or something, if they destroy your film they're only liable for the film and not the actual worth of your pictures.
  10. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,440   +431

    I'm sure Yahoo covers it's corporate behind with some kind of protective clause buried deep in the EULA when first activating the account... Still, the tinfoil hat anti-cloud crowds are going to have an absolute field day with this story...
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    Whether it covers itself behind a clause or not makes no odds, the person uploading these pictures should have originals, and backups.

    It still makes for a massive inconvenience, but there is no substitute for having backups.
  12. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 559   +199

    Looks like this guys been upped to 25 years free service now... not that it does anything to make up for it. Not that Yahoo will even be guaranteed to be around that long. This guy should sue. He has all his pictures backed up according to his blog, so he should sue for the time it takes to reupload and relink all his photos at his hourly rate.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,683   +774

    Uhhh... really? An operation as big as flickr doesn't have a backup strategy? This doesn't add up... sounds fishy.
  14. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 846   +38

    Yeah, like that'll happen. He can most likely sue for any business lost during this time, but the chances of winning based on "it took me this many hours to re-upload" are very slim.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,686   +3,846

    It would seem not. In a 'round about way, it makes sense that they don't, since "Flickr", is supposed to BE the "backup strategy".
  16. everybody wants to sue. how about taking responsibility for your actions. he should have had his own backups. yahoo never said it would protect his work 100%, that was only assumed. the person who had the example of the film at walmart is correct. if they lose your film, all you get is free film. NOT the worth of the film, or the time it took to take the pictures.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,686   +3,846

    Not true, I don't want to sue Yahoo, or upload my pictures to Flickr. This is why, (IMHO), on the eight day, God created 1 terrabyte hard drives.

    Just thought I'd add this, in the condition that Walmart returns your film, it would be more merciful if they did lose it.
  18. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Based on a post by a previous poster he does have backups, problem is if you read the article, is that allot of his pictures had direct links to external sites. Im guessing since he is part time photograher those links to external sites help bring in business, of which now are gone. But your right responsibility should be taken, yahoo screwed up and they should help him re-create the links
  19. WTF Yahoo ?!
  20. mizkitty

    mizkitty TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +11

    As an IT slave myself...always disable the account first...don't simply delete it.

    Any serious photographer would also have his own backups instead of relying on a 3rd party service in the "cloud". He obviously had to edit the pix before he uploaded them...and he didn't do that on his camera.
  21. its human error on flickrs end.

    at least the employee should be fired, if you ask me.

    and flickr should come up with something better than a $100 wioth of compensation.

    because again, its not some system bug or whatever. a flickr employee made the mistake.
  22. Huspower

    Huspower TS Rookie

    We just hope it will never happen to our yahoo emails or any other services from Yahoo.
    Besides, if this a payable product then what about the free? I guess they will not even send you a message.
  23. I wonder who the lucky chap was to press the big "DELETE" button on his account.
  24. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,680   +417

    Hide the data/Remove access before deleting such a large amount of data. No real excuse for such a horrendous error. If I was dealing with 2 accounts with the same details I would have at least made sure the real user could still use his account before completely eradicating his account and 4000+ photographs. But yeah, to store everything on flickr with no local backup isn't too bright either.
  25. I think he is Swiss and lives in Zurich so he is not an German.

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