Flickr's username problems

I feel like I'm missing something. Say I have a URL for someone's Flickr profile (e.g., and I want to retrieve the info for that user using the API, what method should I call?

flickr.people.getInfo will get the data I want, but it needs the NSID of the person. Now you can have URLs like, which is my profile again, but it is much nicer to refer to them using the "nice URL".

I can get the NSID using flickr.people.findByUsername, but this wants the username which may not be the same as the thing in the URL. In my case I have "hawx-" in the URL, but my username is "hawx~".

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