Two Annoying Flickr Errors

1. Flickr Has the Hiccups

Flickr Has the Hiccups

Flickr Has the Hiccups

A silly error message from Flickr. It’s funny the first time you see it, but on repetition it gets stale. They’ve been showing it for years.

More seriously, many non-native English speakers who use Flickr in English won’t have the foggiest idea what it means. “Hold your clicks?”

Their intent is, I’m sure, to decrease the load on their servers. I very much doubt any human is “looking into it”.

But if the reader doesn’t understand this usage of the verb “hold” it won’t work. They’ll click anyway.

Why not write something informal but in English everyone can understand?

“Flickr is overloaded at the moment. Please wait a few minutes then try again. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for being patient.”

I wonder how they render this page in other Flickr languages. They support 繁體中文, Deutsch, English, Español, Français, 한글, Italiano and Português.

2. Be More Specific

Flickr Add to Group Error

Flickr Add to Group Error

I sometimes get this error when I try to add a picture to a Flickr Group in the Organizr (organizer). Why can’t they give the correct reason and not leave me to guess from three possibilities?

Surely it does not add too much complexity to their protocol to have three error codes rather than one? It seems like laziness.

This is the 21st Century! Don’t leave it to users to figure out what they have done wrong.

In my case I’d already added the pictures to the group. The bulleted list was irrelevant.

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2 Responses to “Two Annoying Flickr Errors”

  1. Flickr Listened to Me! « Bkkphotographer's Blog Says:

    […] Flickr Listened to Me! By bkkphotographer I got another “Hold Your Clicks” error page from Flickr just now.I wrote about how annoying and often incomprehensible it is here. […]

  2. Flickr’s Got Hiccups Again « Bkkphotographer's Blog Says:

    […] looked at Flickr in my browser and got the famous Hold your clicks a moment please… Flickr has the hiccups. We’re looking into the problem right […]

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