Yahoo magically restores Flickr account with 4,000 pictures

By Emil ยท 12 replies
Feb 3, 2011
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  1. Yahoo recently deleted Mirco Wilhelm's Flickr account by accident. After apologizing and saying the account would be restored, but the 4,000 pictures could not be recovered, the story received a lot of coverage (link to our original story). In a surprise turnaround, Flickr has managed to restore Wilhelm's account.

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  2. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    How surprising, isn't it amazing how motivated Yahoo got once this starting spreading over the internet like wildfire :rolleyes:
  3. myrmidonks

    myrmidonks TS Rookie Posts: 48

    on homepage, the letter doesnt show up. Only when clicking on the full story can one read it. Also, please fix "from from" in Wilhelm's quotation. Thx
  4. haha..funny...Bad press does have some value.
  5. RaiDeR55

    RaiDeR55 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    4 years of Pro to 25 years!!! Plus account fully restored he ended up doing ok..Maybe they do have backups lurking around for Flickr..
  6. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    And the "Luckiest man of the week award" goes to....
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    Um, maybe, maybe not.

    When an account is "deleted", I believe that just the links to the data are broken. So at least for a time, the data blocks still exist on the server HDDs.

    When this happens to an Email account, an operation called an "alias re-point" is undertaken, in an attempt to reconnect the user to the original user name.

    Accordingly, since this was an "accidental' deletion, there would be no need to scrub that portion of information from the drive by perhaps, zeroing out the drive.

    Although Benny does have his point, that this user was "lucky", since perhaps the restoration was effected before the space on that particular drive(s), was needed for incoming new data.

    The "luck" here, is partly due to the fact the the server farms are getting so massive, the space simply isn't needed right away, (if ever(?)).
  8. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    My guess is they got all fancy with the full database backup and found a way to extract his account only. But still, motivation was what made this possible.
  9. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,959   +217

    Scshadow; That and allot of manual work, trust me, been there, done that ;)

    It's kinda disconcerting that it takes this much news coverage to get the kind of service you would expect anyway, I'm at this stage with a big hardware company, it begins with the letter A and ends in capital SUS.
    I'm still contemplating what to do, but when seeing these companies boast so much about how good they are it really pisses me off...

    "Acting on our philosophy and promise of inspiring innovation and persistent perfection"
    -Now that's a mouthful!
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    One really glaring omission is the verb, "delivering"....! :rolleyes:
  11. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Would have been a nightmare to set those up all again. I did find the reply rather impersonal, to start off with "Just a quick update" to me shows they don't deal with customers too often
  12. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502

    Shouldn't they be able to restore lost crap anyway? I mean, a company this big has to make backups.
  13. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 474   +84

    It's really about motivation, they only tried to come cheap in the first place and after seeing the response they did the right thing.

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