In light of all the chatter that I've seen about accounts being terminated, I searched out a way to backup all of my flickr photos. Perhaps it is just the paranoid woman in me - she is present all the time! I am happy that I did do a little research though because I came across a wonderful download-able application called FlickrEdit. It allows you to not only edit your flickr photos but also back up all of them to your hard drive or a cd/dvd. It is totally free and compatible for both PC and Mac. How great it that! So even if you are not as paranoid as I am, I highly recommend that you take advantage of this program provided by SunkenCity.org - it is a real little gem! I backed up all my flickr photos yesterday. Since I had over 700 photos, it did take a little while (maybe 30 minutes to an hour), but it was well worth the time and piece of mind.
Now, as far as flickr goes, I love it! I hope that I never have my account terminated for any reason. It is a great community to be a part of and an inexpensive photo storage with wonderful options offered. I enjoy being part of groups there and having so many on my friend's list. I don't know all the circumstances of those whose accounts have been terminated, but I know that it would break my heart if that happened to me. Those who it happened to probably feel a little of the same way. I hope that things work out for the best in the end.