I don't know how many of you use the old 3.2.1 Uploader from Flickr, but your days are numbered.
Flickr dropped support for it many years ago, trying to get folks to use either the online version, or the offline one designed to scoop up every photo on your computer if you weren't careful. But 3.2.1 soldiered on because it just worked.
Well, the corporate decision was made to no longer allow users to sign in with the 3.2.1 Uploader, so if you sign out, there is no way back. This happened to me yesterday. Only thing is I did not sign out, so if you ask me, Flickr is hunting down the accounts still using 3.2.1, and signing the owners out so they can enforce the ban on 3.2.1.
So after venting a bit on the so-called Help Forum, I went ahead and used the online Uploader. You know what? It's still sucks after all these years. I can type in tag words faster than it can look up suggestions, but then it pauses my typing while doing so, and it all looks like gibberish when it finally shows up. And that's just one of the several things I hate about it.
The only thing it does good is it has already put the photos in some sort of holding bay before you start editing them (titles, tag words, description, and so on), so when you finally hit the Upload button, it goes a lot quicker. But then they were only scans from half-frame photos, so maybe the files from my regular size photos will bog it down again. We'll see.
Anyway, I think it's just despicable they pulled a fast one like that. And I'm getting tired of companies that abandon older standards to force you to upgrade to the new stuff just so they can sell more, especially when there is really no improvement to the user experience.
Waiting for the light