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Tech woes: Ipernity won't give me an account

Yahoo got a lot of publicity over its free terabyte of space for pictures. What was less obvious was that existing Flickr users were a little shortchanged, and many have left to join something that looks a lot like the old Flickr: Ipernity.

I decided to create an account using my usual email address. Ipernity said I needed to confirm the address. Sure. I click on the confirmation link, and it returns me to the 'you must confirm your address' page. OK, maybe there's some other thing I have to do. There are only 3 buttons on this page: 'change email address', 'resend the confirmation link', and 'do it later'.

I try 'resend the confirmation link'. It leads me to 'you have already confirmed this email address; go to your space'. There is hope. So I click on 'go to your space'.. and I am back to 'you must confirm your address'.

I try 'do it later'. I am logged out and firmly told I have to confirm my address.

I try to log in. I am presented with 'you must confirm your address'.

I try 'change email address'. I am shown 'you must confirm your address'. I try to confirm this second email address. It leads me to 'you have already confirmed this email address; go to your space'. There is hope. So I click on 'go to your space'.. and I am back to .. of course.. 'you must confirm your address'.

I email technical support. They send me a link. Which asks me to log in. Whut?

I then try logging in via Facebook - amazing! I am in! I sign out, and log in by email address. I am shown.. 'you must confirm your address'.

I log in again through Facebook. It's hard to believe, but Ipernity actually does have a working site in there, behind 'you must confirm your address'. I try to change my password. It tells me either my email address or my password is invalid.

Hm. So I try the 'forgot password' link. I get an email.. not at the first email address, but at the second. OK. I click on the link. It gets me through.. to 'you must confirm your address'!

Sometimes.. you just have to accept that you're not wanted. I really think it might be time to move off of Flickr but this is ridiculous.