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Flickr was having lots of troubles earlier today, and it appears the issue was with Flickr's servers (the cloud), unrelated to Lightroom.
These episodes of Flickr instability seem to occur several times a year in the last couple of years, ever since Yahoo entered its death spiral and got bought by Verizon. The only thing users can do is retry a couple of times a day and monitor the Flickr help forum (which will have more up-to-date status than this forum).
There's nothing Adobe can do about Flickr, since it's a different company. The plugin continues to be very useful, though, since there are many, many LR users still using Flickr.
Friedl's Flickr plugin often handles the instability a little bit better, though it too is subject to Flakr's flakiness.
Smugmug and Zenfolio are two popular alternatives (I use Zenfolio), and I'm sure others will chime in and suggest their favorites. But the alternatives usually cost money,
Thank you for your response. I just downloaded what looks to be a fairly new app called SlickPic. It worked just fine so I will test it. Zenfolio looks great but I'd need photo sharing capabilities and it appears that isn't available until you get to the $180 annual plan. Is that true? That is a little more than I want to spend for a hobby. $60/year would be doable for me but I need to be able to share photos with others. Thank you for your response & validation that Flickr is unstable. I appreciate knowing so I quit wasting my time trying to solve the problem.
Zenfolio looks great but I'd need photo sharing capabilities and it appears that isn't available until you get to the $180 annual plan.
Not sure which sharing capabilities you're looking for, but I pay $30/year and I share albums and individual photos all the item by sending out sharing links that others can click on to view the albums and photos.
I switched to Zenfolio after Yahoo regrooved Flickr a few years ago and it made it impossible to view all of a photo's metadata without scrolling each photo. Zenfolio hasn't been perfect, but it's been pretty reliable for me.