Flickr is Yahoo's online photo management service(?). As such, I created an account there sometime in 2007 as I. In June 2010 this account was summarily deleted by Flickr after someone complained about the non-sexual nudity depicted on the account. This amounts IMHO to censorship of the worst kind, no possibility of discussion, simply an instant removal of all the connections and photos and groups laboriously built up over a substantial period of time. Be warned this could happen to you at any time, all of a sudden, gone, just like that: This member is no longer active on Flickr.

I received two emails from Flickr, here is the first one:

Reply to: Hi richinud, We've changed the safety level of your photostream to "restricted". ... (No need to be upset - it's every member's right to let us know if they ever feel uncomfortable. Yours too.) ...

Now, the content under my account is all non-sexual nudity, just as you can expect to see anywhere under My account had been reviewed previously by Flickr staff and was found to fit the "moderate" label. Quite why all of a sudden the same people felt it need a change to "restricted" is anyone's guess. Anyhow, I replied to this mail with a request that Flick reconsider the "restricted" flag, but that I would accept their decision in any case. Here is my reply:

I was sorry to receive your notice where my stream must be "restricted". My stream contains *only* NON-sexual nudity, that is, plain naked people. There are many streams on Flickr which are sexually oriented, and mine is most definitely not one of them. Please check the actual content, and not just respond to the censorship of a puritan knee-jerk. Naturally you are free to impose your own censorship, it is your site, after all, but I urge you to reconsider whether "restricted" is the correct label for plain naked photos.

I have never received any reply from Flickr to this email - they just terminated my account.

The second email was regarding a link for a request for photos for a project I am working on:

Reply to: Hi richinud, In joining Flickr, you agreed to abide by the Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. Flickr accounts are intended for individual use, for our members to share original content that they've created, not to sell stuff: ... Please remove the URLs ( ...

I replied (like an idiot) to this mail too:

I am not selling anything through my flickr account. Flickr is a photo distribution network and I am requesting voluntary photo contributions for a book project. I am not selling anything, there is no money involved. If you insist, naturally I shall comply with your demand to remove my link request, but I urge you to first reconsider and to not respond to the censorship imposed by whoever reported my ordinary non-commercial request for their own special reasons. I await your further response with interest, and will either remove the link at your request, or clarify the request further if this suits you, please let me know which you would prefer. Thanks.

I have never received any reply from Flickr from this mail either. Remember this is a photo management site, and their own about Flickr page has this to say about their service:

About Flickr Flickr - almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world - has two main goals: 1. We want to help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them. ... To do this, we want to get photos and video into and out of the system in as many ways as we can: ... Part of the solution is to make the process of organizing photos or videos collaborative. ...

And we're using the web, right? So what is more natural than to post a link to say I'm looking for particular types of photos and would any Flickr people like to please contribute? Just to be clear, there is no money involved here either, the contributions are made freely to this voluntary photographic project. Frankly, I'm flabbergasted at Flickrs response ( or rather non-response ) and attitude! Lest anyone believe the idea that Fl*ckr is against advertising photos for inclusion in commercial projects, here's what they say about their partnership with Getty Images:

Team Flickr has long wanted to create a way to make it easier for those who use photos in the digital publishing industry to do so in a way that respects the talent and rights of our members. The great folks at Flickr and Getty Images have joined forces to build a platform to enable the creation of a first class collection of royalty free, and rights managed photographs. Getty Images hosts a Flickr group where members can submit images to be considered for invitation to the Flickr Collection. Please visit the Getty Images Call for Artists group for full details on how to make your submission. etc. etc.