Flickr Changes: March 25, 2014
Published 2014.03.25, Updated 2017.09.02
No Page MenuInstead of the consistent, ever-present top-bar menu that Flickr introduced about a year ago, the NPE does not have a menu. There are no navigational links from the photopage now, other than links to other photos, or the "X" at top right that returns a user to the photostream.
No Search Box
|The NPE does not have the upper-right corner Search Box that all other Flickr pages have, and which the photopage had until today.
The Search box was not only a way to search for Flickr images — yours or others' — but was a quick way to access many pages on the site, including your contacts, Explore, Archives, etc.
Search box at upper right
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Non-Memory of HTML SizeWhen you select a size to copy HTML, the interface does not remember the size you chose and always defaults to the 500-pixel size.
No Embed Code For VideoEmbed code for video has been removed.
No Ability To Download VideoUsers can no longer download their own videos. (And the FAQ has been changed so it no longer specifically says you can download video.)
2 Extra Clicks To Get To Specific Size
The old right-click dialog
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If you want to get to a specific size of the image, it's now four clicks instead of two: (1) click the three-dot menu, (2) click "download / all sizes", (3) click "view all sizes", and (4) select your size.|
In the previous photopage, you: (1) right-click on the photo, (2) click the size you want.
"Shift+Enter" To Make A Line BreakThe NPE uses a non-standard method of inserting line breaks in comments: pressing the shift key simultaneously with the 'enter' key. Now, pressing 'enter' posts the comment instead of making a line break (similar to Facebook posts, also non-standard).
No Avatar / Buddy Icon (upper right)
The NPE does not have the avatar ("buddy icon") at upper right, which all other Flickr pages have. It's a quick way to access your account settings, the Help Forum, and Flickrmail. It also tells you how much storage you've used. The photopage had that avatar until today.||
Upper right avatar menu
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No Buddy Icon / Avatar (below photo)
Buddy icon menu on old page
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Until today's change, every photopage had the user's "buddy icon" underneath it. The buddy icon functioned as a hidden drop-down menu, which which anyone could navigate to that user's other pages. Now there is no such buddy icon navigation.|
(Though I think the new, circular buddy icons are ugly, I'm more concerned that they are now simple image links instead of useful drop-down menus.)
Less Display SpaceBecause of the new info column at right, photos no longer fill the width of the browser window, which makes them appear smaller.
Less Prominent Photo Title
Each image's title is now in smaller text, and is no longer bold. It's now smaller than the user's name, and appears to be part of the description.|
EDIT, 2014.04.21: Flickr has once again made the title bold-face, but it's still smaller than the user's screen name. A small improvement.
Old title: white-on-black, bold, larger
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Buddy Icon No Longer Displays In RepliesWhen you reply to a comment in the NPE, Flickr now uses the "screen name" of the other user, instead of their buddy icon. Here's the difference: They can change their screen name at any time, and then it won't be obvious to whom you replied.
Hidden InfoThe bottom section of the info column (below comments) is separated into three tabbed widgets. The "info" tab shows EXIF, location, license, filter, etc. The second tab, "Also In", shows which sets/groups the image belongs to, and the third tab ("tags") shows a "cloud" of the images tags.
Less Useful Tag Links
The tags no longer link to that user's images with the same tag. Now, if you click a tag at the bottom of the right column, you're taken to a general Flickr Search of all images from all users with that tag.|
(Until today, tags on the photopage gave the viewer a choice: images from this user or images from everyone. Even earlier, the tags only went to that user's images.)
Tag-link choices on old photopage
Tags and Links Added Without User PermissionIf your description contains the number sign ( # ) combined with other characters, two things happen: (1) the character string (example: #1) becomes a link to a Flickr tag search, and (2) everything following the number-sign is added to your photo as a tag.
Popup map on old photopage
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If the user chooses to show her image's location, it's now simple text instead of a link.|
The photo-owner could previously click the location name link to see an editable map, to change either the location name, or the actual location. Viewers could click to see the map.
The change makes the location text next-to-useless, especially for those of us who already put the location name in our tags or description. It also indicates that Flickr is deprecating the user maps.
Non-Navigable Context StripsIn the "Also In" section (sets, groups, etc.), there are merely four thumbnails for each set/group. The strips are no longer navigable, as they have always been before.
Context Strips No Longer Actually Show ContextThe context "filmstrips" on the NPE do not show actual context. They are just four static images, without the current image (as previously).
Removed "Content Type"The NPE no longer shows "content type" (photo, art/illustration, or screenshot).
'Add A Tag' No Longer HelpfulWhen you add a tag, the page no longer suggests tags from your list, nor does it allow browser auto-fill to help, both features that were useful on the previous photopage.
Icons Without TooltipsIn the NPE, there are several new icons in the right info column, some without tooltips, so you don't know what they mean, and just have to guess.
Date Without Explanation
Under the image's description, there is an unexplained date.|
In the previous photopage design, the word "taken" preceded the date, so you knew what it meant. (And hovering over the date gave you a tooltip of the upload date.) The current one could be either.
UPDATE, 2014.04.11: Hovering now shows "date uploaded", partially correcting this problem.
"Taken on" and "Uploaded" dates
Removed Access To the 'Edit Titles, Tags, Dates' PageThis page was available when the NPE first rolled out, but was removed later. Now you can only edit the title/description on the photopage, and cannot edit tags at all without loading Organizr. There is a separate "Edit Dates" box that doesn't work.
Doesn't Show All Sets
Despite staff's assertion that "We display the sets and groups that the photo belongs to", the NPE only displays up to nine sets/groups that the image belongs to.|
The previous photopage (and all past ones that I know of), showed all sets. All could be opened as navigable filmstrips.
EDIT, 2014.04.21: The NPE lists up to nine sets (now called "albums"), and if the image is in more than nine, there's now a link called "View all contexts". When you click it, it will load up to 10 more sets (albums) or groups — for a total of 19, but the last 10 are only text links. I tested with an image that's in more than 30 sets, and only 19 total sets showed up.
34 sets listed on
one old photopage
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"Notes" Are Still There, But HiddenAfter years of allowing users to draw "notes" on the photos — rectangular boxes with accompanying text — no notes are visible in the NPE, even the ones that were previously added, and there's now no way to add new notes.
Some Keyboard Shortcuts DisabledIn the past, there were quite a few keyboard shortcuts that worked on the photopage. In my initial tests, about half the keyboard shortcuts no longer work in the NPE.
Expanded EXIF Can't Be HiddenIf you can find the "show all EXIF" link, it miraculously loads it in the same page (which is cool), but there's no way to hide it again.
Cannot Ctrl+C To CopyIn the NPE, you cannot copy text with the keyboard shortcut 'Ctrl+C', which — as far as I know — works everywhere else on the web and in every application I've ever used.
Can't Add String of TagsIn the NPE, you cannot add multiple tags, if one of them is in quotes. For example, try adding flower "I love you" in the tag box. You'll end up with four tags, instead of two.
No Direct Link To StatsThe view count no longer links to the stats page, as it did before.
'Add To Group' and 'Add to Set' Dialogs JumpWhen selecting the "Add to Group" or "Add to Set" dialog from the three-dots menu, you have to wait several seconds before selecting a group/set — if the image is already in groups or sets — because the sort-order will change in a few seconds. This can easily result in false clicks.
No Indication Of Submission to Moderated GroupIf you add an image to a moderated group via the NPE, there is a popup that says you've submitted it, but when the list resets, that group isn't differentiated from the others.
Admin Invites Do Not Appear in NPE(I'm taking other users' word for this one.) When your image is invited to a group by a group administrator, the admin invite does not appear on the photopage. Instead, you can access it only through Recent Activity.
No Indicator of Public/Private On Others' ImagesIf viewing another person's image, there's no icon on the page to tell me whether the image is public, or friends-only, family-only, or private. (I do have the icon on my own images.)
Cannot Remove Image From Private GroupIn the NPE, you cannot remove the image from a private group, as you could on the old photopage. (See screenshots.)
Cannot Change Image's SearchabilityIn the NPE, you cannot change whether an image is searchable, as you could on the old photopage.
Slideshow Link Removed
|There used to be a "view in slideshow" link in the Actions Menu (later the "three-dot" menu) that is now gone.||
Slideshow link in three-dot menu
No Indication Of Disabled CommentingIf the owner has disabled commenting, there is no indication except that the comment box is missing. (The old version said: "The photo owner has disabled commenting".)
No Way To Order PrintsThe "Order Prints and more" link has been removed from the "three-dot" menu and so now there is no link on the NPE with which to order a print, even for your own images.
No Permalinks For CommentsEvery comment on Flickr (Help Forum, group threads, photopages, etc.) has what's called a "permalink" — a specific URL that will take the user directly to that comment. The NPE does not display the permalink.
'Help' Link Changed and 'FAQ' Link RemovedPerhaps unrelated to the NPE, but it happened at the same time: All the "Help" links on the site now go to a Yahoo! Help page instead of the Flickr Help Forum. And the FAQ links have been removed from the footer.
They Had Months To Fix This StuffSeveral of these things, I pointed out in October 2013, more than five months ago, in an annotated screenshot. Since then, I've listed those problems and others in various Help Forum threads. I know staff read at least some of the complaints, because they responded to them.