why the real names in comments on the New Photo Page?
this has probably been brought up before,
why are the real names given in the comments on the New Photo Page?
So the whole world knows our names? Most of us have screen names for privacy- so why this? I don't like this at all.
use screen names and only screen names ... no more 'real' names!!!!
This has been gathering feedback for a year and 2 days! Who's not listening and acting upon it?
What I find difficult is when I'm told that 'Tom' has left a comment but then I'm sent pics by 'Tom's' screen name and/or vice versa. I comment on 'Screen name's' pic and get told 'Tom' has replied to my comment. I then ask myself, "Who?". I know Flickr isn't advertised as a social media site but I've enjoyed getting to know the few followers I have made friends with. I've also had to make sure I get rid of some followers, too. This to-ing and fro-ng between real and screen names makes life harder than it needs to be. Either put both names or stick to one.
Tim Parkinson commented
This was an ill-considered change.
I have been forced to use the privacy setting to hide my real name from all but Friends and Family just so that my name is not splashed publicly across all my photos.
Yes, breach of privacy.
Yes, crass implementation and rollout worthy of Facebook.
Please at least implement a setting to control whether real name or screen name is displayed and default to screen name like before.
this HAS been brought up before ... we have screen names for PRIVACY so why use REAL NAMES?!?!?! ... I agree with Marlis1 ~ please use SCREEN NAMES in a consistent manner, please. Shein Die~
The real problem here is that real names are not unique. When it says 'Tom faved this' I have to figure out which of the many users called Tom this is, but by showing his username I immediately know who he is. If you're going to implement this feature at least do it consistently - the photo page shows real names but recent activity identifies the same users by their usernames, which gets very confusing.
Bring back screen names......I want my privacy.
YAHOO should NEVER have been put in charge of Flickr ... Photographers should 'run the show' ~ of COURSE we should use screen names consistently!!!! for privacy ~ AND for our professional names in the entertainment industry!! ..
Ian Gourlay commented
If you're really asking "why" with this question, the answer is that Yahoo comes up with shoot from the hip ideas, gives like zero thought to the results, and implements them - depending on user feedback to tell them if it's good or bad. Only if it's bad it's usually ignored... It's as good an example as you will find of the loonies running the asylum. Put some real photographers in charge of Flickr and perhaps it will slowly get steered back to the path of sanity.
arya krisna commented
its definitely a breach of privacy because originally we were given the option of hiding real names. I got around this by altering my real name to my flickr username...so it appears twice. But I shouldnt have had to do that.
what is the point of having buddy icons and screen names if they are not used any more? I am not recognizing my contacts in comments - there are so many Johns and Pauls and Martins, have no idea who is who.
Drecci Gislaadt commented
I really do not know the real name of all my contacts !! GLUPS !!!
Please go back to screen names I am having so much difficulty working which John's etc image I am commenting on.
ramesh ayyar commented
i work for a university. my name is splashed in bigger bold than the institution i work for. i wish to remove my name and preserve the university's name. i am just not able to do this.
Jay Bees Pics commented
We chose a Buddy Name when we signed up for flickr for a reason & that reason was because we didn't want to use our real name. Please change this back to protect our anonymity.
WHY is Flickr now posting my name on Flickr while pseudonyms are still permitted on YAHOO????
This seems bass ackwards.
If real names were required on Yahoo then there would be a HUGE improvement in the civility of comments.
MANY photographers want to post their photos but don't want their competitors to be able critique them.
Cath in Dorset commented
I'm glad to see this is "gathering feedback". Hopefully flickr staff are reading feedback, both here and in the help forum discussions. It's important to have our screen names showing rather than our real names. It would also help if our buddy icons could return to their original size (and, ideally, square shape), so that we could recognise contacts by their buddy icons like we used to do.
PLEASE listen! we have always used flickr user names not real names! Now we can't see the icons OR who is commenting. Breach of privacy is right, and also a backwards move!
Mim Eisenberg commented
And if you insist on showing real names, at least show both real and nicknames on whichever page one clicks on when viewing or commenting on a photo so we know who's who. Some of us have been here since 2005, and we know people mostly by their nicknames.