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This field should be “date of birth”. Also, could you show an optional dropdown calendar on that field?

Why “Birthday”?

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Why? No seriously, why? – Time Traveling Bobby Nov 2 '11 at 13:15
No, it should be Date of Birth :) – Benjol Nov 2 '11 at 13:18
Use a dictionary. It means both the the anniversary and the day of birth. The cue makes it obvious which one is meant. – Uphill Luge Nov 2 '11 at 13:31
Asking for the birthday or the birthdate (when it's clear in which format you want the answer) gets the same answer. – kiamlaluno Nov 2 '11 at 13:38
@Uphill Luge: When I have the choice between a canonical term and another term that not everyone may understand at once, I would choose the first one. While “birthday” is correct a dictonary will say that “birth date” is more commonly used. – Benoit Nov 2 '11 at 13:42
I'm more curious about how the optional drop down calendar helps. A person would either have to type in their birth month and year to get to the correct calendar page, or scroll through anywhere from 240 to 720 calendar pages to get to the month and year of their birth. – Gilbert Le Blanc Nov 2 '11 at 15:31
up vote 15 down vote accepted

This is a pointless change.

While we are at it, on that same page we could clarify some other things:

Email should be Email Address, otherwise someone may just put in "Yes, please!" or "Send me spam!"

Website should probably be Website Address or Website URL otherwise I could just put "JNK's Blog" which still meets the stated requirement without providing a link or anything useful.

Location should probably be Geographic Location or City/Region/Country since accurate answers could include:

  • At my desk
  • At work
  • At home
  • Sea level
  • On a plane
  • On a boat
  • At the beach

If someone has difficulty figuring out what is needed in the "Birthday" field when there is a very clear formatting prompt there (YYYY/MM/DD) then they may need more help than the SE network can provide.

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Is “Sea level” a location? I would call it an altitude. – Benoit Nov 2 '11 at 13:52
Location is extremely general. I think Sea Level would work, so would Milky Way, Earth, Above Ground, etc. – JNK Nov 2 '11 at 13:56
That's not what dictionaries say (Uphill Luge's comment above suggested using them). They say “lo·ca·tion/lōˈkāSHən/: A particular place or position.” Never mind, this is irrelevant to my original question :) – Benoit Nov 2 '11 at 13:59
@Benoit Irrelevant? Get into the spirit of meta-discussion! – agf Nov 2 '11 at 15:35
helping you towards the reversal badge. – Benoit Nov 3 '11 at 7:52

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