Yahoo! Mail reactivation sucks
I have two main Yahoo! Mail email ids. The first is my oldest email account on the internet and the other is more recent, which I use mostly for logins at other websites. As you can imagine, I do fall off the cliff when it comes to Yahoo’s inactivity clause every now and then, which results in the mailbox being wiped clean.
Which is quite fine by me. It is a free service, so they can stick to their guns about it. What is troubling is that while the reactivation process used to work fine earlier, now it is a royal pain in the ass and everywhere else. When they deactivated my account a couple of months ago (even when I was using the same login for my Flickr account), I was sent to the reactivate page, where I had the option to select between the free service without the deactivation proctection and the paid Yahoo Mail Plus (was that not discontinued, by the way?).
The trouble started after that. I picked the free option and it asks me to enter my password again to confirm the request, which I did, only to be sent back to the reactivation page. At that time I thought it would be a bug/unpredictable behaviour and let things be.
Today, a couple of months later, I tried to reactivate my email account and ended up with the same problem. Then I decided to opt for the paid option and read what all they were offering me with the paid option and hopped on to the detailed version of the offerings, just for the heck of it. After which I went back to mail.yahoo.com and my email account was magically reactivated.
If Yahoo! does not want people to reactivate using the free option, they should mention it somewhere, that inactive accounts won’t be reactivated unless you switch to the paid option. And since this is a single-sign-on solution (like I said earlier, I use the same login for Flickr), what actually constitutes inactivity according to Yahoo?
Update: Yahoo! Plus and Yahoo! Mail Plus are two different products.