I, an idiot, have locked myself out of my Flickr page
July 19, 2007 3:29 PM Subscribe
for the bad irony files. I seem to have screwed myself thoroughly on the whole Flickr-->Yahoo transition. Anyone got advice on how to get genuine help from Yahoo "support"?
posted by felix betachat to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Disclaimer: although I'm not happy with the whole forced-Yahoo-signup thing, this is obviously totally my fault. You're free to tell me what an idiot I am, but I promise you, I already know.
So. I waited until the last minute to sign up for a Yahoo login. And did so in the midst of preparing to move back from abroad. After it was over I could access all my Flickr pages as previously, so I (foolishly) assumed that my new login info was saved in my Firefox preferences.
When I went to log in to Flickr from my work computer back in the US, it became apparent that I had actually been logging automatically through my old, pre-Yahoo-signup Flickr cookie (?!) and that, when I went to track down the actual Yahoo login info on my laptop, that cookie evaporated.
What I thought was my Yahoo password turns out not to be. Nor does any other permutation of letters and numbers that I can think of. Nor (and here's where the "I'm an idiot" part really gets going) does any of the personal info that I might have entered seem to work on the password reminder page. Picking the two countries and four postal codes I might have entered plus my real (and typical fake) birthdate in every possible combination does nothing.
So, I followed the Yahoo instructions and appealed to their tech support, who fired back at me canned responses about how to type in my password ntil I gave up whimpering. I need someone at Flickr/Yahoo to either reset my password manually and send the information to the email address that's been associated with the account from the start or make it possible to associate my old Flickr account with a new Yahoo account.
Making someone in that organization give a damn, however, seems well nigh impossible. Any suggestions about how to do this? The Flickr boards strike me as an option, though I'll have to make another dummy account and try to convince someone that I'm not a phisher, which seems unlikely. I also have a harddrive backup that probably has the original Flickr cookie stored on it, but I don't think that's going to get me through the Yahoo gate.
I've got 3 years of photos and a decent amount of personal investment stored at that site. I'm pretty sure I've screwed this one irreparably, but if someone knows how I might fix this, I'd love to hear it.