On May 28th, I received this notice concerning my Flickr account
From: Flickr Customer Care
Subject: Flickr Terms of Service
This is an automatically generated copy of a warning we sent to your primary email address:
Please read the Flickr Community Guidelines concerning
uploading images to your photostream that were not taken by
# Don’t upload anything that isn't yours.
This includes other people's photographs and/or stuff that
you've collected from around the Internet. Accounts that
consist primarily of such collections may be terminated at
You need to delete from your photostream all content not
taken by you immediately or your Flickr account will be
If you'd like to respond to this warning, please send the email to email@example.com to ensure a timely response.
You can change your primary email address at any time via your account page: http://www.flickr.com/account/prefs/email/
How sad, I thought. I wish I had read the terms of service. Apparently, some of my web collecting raised hackles somewhere. I became resigned to the loss of all that delicious commentary I utilized Flickr for (the images themselves were all safely downloaded in duplicate on my hard drive and elsewhere.
But so far, nothing seemed to be amiss. That is, until my dear friend Pinch visited me, and I backtracked into a link he posts on his page directed to my Flickr account concerning the following picture.
There we find a deletion has occurred.
The photo you were looking for has been deleted. You might like to ask stevenwarran about it! Here's a link back to your home page
Flickr hasn't sent me any notice about this deletion, so I have to thank Pinch and Company for pointing it out to me.
(Screw Flickr: They gone and deleted my account of over 3000 pictures. Flickr Has Earned My Undying Enmity.)
Now if Pinch had been really smart I don't think he would have drawn all this attention to this particular photograph. He could have simply approached me as a gentleman and said, "You know what Steven? You are right and that photograph is actionable and the U.S. government would kindly like your cooperation in taking down the image, before any of the 12 people who visit your blog recognize and exploit the leak, as it does compromise national security, in a fashion.
It is obvious how the mistake was made even. That photograph was released by the Directorate of Mighty Flying Pingas, without adequate consultation with the Directorate of Secret Buried Installations, and you can understand how sometimes inter-Directorate communication can be a problem.
So yin and yang. I suppose it's all water under the bridge now.