Suggestion - Birthday Notification on the TOTJO Website?

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27 Jan 2013 03:14 #91536 by SeanChing
It would be great if the TOTJO website could notify us all of our members' birthdays the week of their birthday, or perhaps on the day itself. This, of course, would only be for people who put down their birthdate on their profile. (So no Jedi Mind-Reading Website, I'm afraid :P )

I got this idea from Facebook. That website always sends me notifications of peoples' birthdays. Just today, I was notified of Master Daniel L. and Apprentice Adam Harding's birthdays coming up this week, and I would never have known otherwise.

However, I'm not really that big of a fan of Facebook, and I'd much rather celebrate birthday wishes and congratulations here on the TOTJO website.

It just seems like a waste, to me, that many of us have birth dates listed on our profiles - but, we are so busy and there are so many of us that we don't keep track of birthdays to celebrate and we often don't mention a simple Happy Birthday to members here.

Even having an auto-post when someone's birthday comes up would be great, so long as people can comment on that post (for congratulations, etc.)

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27 Jan 2013 03:37 #91540 by RyuJin
For me birthdays have become just another day of the week...like Christmas or new years....

Plus I'm old enough to remember what I was doing in high school when the majority of our members were born... :dry: ....despite my relatively youthful appearance (nature's been very kind to me)...now I feel old :unsure:

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27 Jan 2013 03:52 #91542 by Alastor
To be honest, my birthday is coming up and i really dislike it when people go out of their way to wish me a happy birthday or the like. Simply a birthday is a day to reflect on the life and decisions you have made, to be thankful for the love of your guardians growing up, to reconnect with our world, and to look ahead to our future.

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27 Jan 2013 03:56 #91544 by Alastor
So if there are any members like me, it might get on their nerves just a little.

But it would be nice if the website would inform us of other members birthdays, maybe even give us the choice of whether we want others to be alerted about our birthdays or not.

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27 Jan 2013 04:02 #91545 by RyuJin
I'm not opposed to it....I simply tend to forget birthdays...even my own....they've been forgettable for years...age is nothing more than a number used to discriminate, separate or mark experience....

Again I don't oppose the idea of reminders....I suppose if an individual is close enough to warrant it...

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Out of darkness, he brings light. Out of hatred, love. Out of dishonor, honor-james allen-
He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure-james allen-
The sword is the key to heaven and hell-Mahomet-
The best won victory is that obtained without shedding blood-Count Katsu-
All men's souls are immortal, only the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine -Socrates-
I'm the best at what I do, what I do ain't pretty-wolverine

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27 Jan 2013 09:10 #91571 by Lycaenion
We use to have that but that was along while ago...like a year and a half ago.Ask Ren about it

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27 Jan 2013 09:15 #91573 by jimcode3
A simple checkbox on your profile: "Announce your birthday?" (another boolean column in the database).

When your younger, you love the adulation and recognition. When you're older (like me), you want the day to fade into oblivion. So, as long as we have the choice to decline on an individual bases, it wouldn't be a bad idea.

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27 Jan 2013 09:24 #91576 by Akkarin

Lycaenion wrote: We use to have that but that was along while ago...like a year and a half ago.Ask Ren about it


Yes we used to have this option but it was done via a separate piece of calendar software that had been installed on the site. You had to add yourself to it and it would list any birthdays that appeared

This was removed by ren in our new site because the old site had been modified with software installed like this to the point that it was literally breaking

As for birthdays? Well I couldn't care less about them either lol so I agree with Ryujin. I don't like the hassle and expectation that people put around them so never have my birthday advertised so pointedly to the public

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27 Jan 2013 12:16 #91588 by V-Tog
Generally I think that if you have a close friend on the site with an impending birthday that they want you to know about, they will tell you...

If they don't mention it, they probably aren't that fussed about whether you observe it or not ;)

Or if you have particular people whose birthdays you wouldn't want to miss, you can just ask them when their birthdays are and put them in your diary/calendar... :)

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27 Jan 2013 13:31 #91600 by ren
The way I see it, we Jedi are happy other jedi exist (every day). No need for software to remind us of that... Otherwise, I think the profile software we'll be using next actually has birthday notifications for "friends". And fields like "birth date" have advanced privacy control (choose between everyone, users, friends and no-one)

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