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Today is my birthday. I was disappointed to see that when I logged on to SO I was not greeted with a "Happy Birthday" message.

Can we display something (maybe through the notification bar?) when someone logs in on their birthday?

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+1 for exemplary tagging from the man behind the "Stop stupid tags" question. – Jørn Schou-Rode Apr 24 '10 at 9:12
Happy birthday, btw, and another +1 (somewhere else) to express my support towards the feature request. – Jørn Schou-Rode Apr 24 '10 at 9:18
How is this too localized? AFAIK almost every SO user has a birthday. – Motti Apr 29 '10 at 8:39
What working calendar says it's still 24 April 2010? @mot – random Apr 29 '10 at 8:40
@random: Fair enough, but it looks like the "feature-request" part went relatively unnoticed, which isn't attached to a specific date. – GManNickG Apr 29 '10 at 14:45
What was the feature request anyhow? – random Apr 30 '10 at 1:35
@random: Just throw in a little "Happy Birthday!" banner on the sites on someones birthday, nothing important. :) – GManNickG Apr 30 '10 at 5:04
hey I edited your question to make it more clear that it was a feature request, so it can be reopened. I open you don't mind. (imo it was already clear from the tags and the old text, but apparently not to everyone) – Andreas Bonini Aug 21 '10 at 23:21
@Kop: Oh sure, no probs. – GManNickG Aug 22 '10 at 6:38
Did you get cake? – Andrew Grimm Jan 12 '11 at 11:38

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We don't hate you. Happy Birthday! My pony smiles for your birthday. I think it's a good idea to have a message show up saying happy birthday.

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Stack Overflow has detected that you are a robot and therefore not born. Sorry.

But Happy Day Your Algorithm Began Being Computed!

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I thought the GMan's race was unknown? – Billy ONeal Apr 24 '10 at 16:08

Rejoice, for unicorn tears are the most valuable things on earth given their rarity and sheer power. Much better than silly phoenix tears and their lesser healing properties.

I hear tell that the Philosopher's Stone came about when someone forgot poor Socrates' birthday. And then it really was a happy birthday.

Other notable forgotten birthdays: Jon Skeet, Chuck Norris. I hope you're getting an idea of what a gift you've been given

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Good point! ---- – Pëkka Apr 24 '10 at 9:39
Jon Skeet's birthday is perfectly willing to come to your house and beat you up, which is pretty hard to forget. – David Z Apr 25 '10 at 1:12

I just posted this answer this Stack Overflow Meta question: Can a user be greeted on his birthday?

Today is my birthday and I was unable to get the day off work. Upon visiting Stack Overflow I was surprised to not see some form of birthday message in the notification bar.

Ignoring the part about seeing how may birthdays you've celebrated here; this is an interesting question in that here on Stack Overflow's Meta this has 27 down votes and 6 up votes, yet on Stack Exchange's Meta the question of a birthday greeting asked over 4 years beforehand has received 71 up votes and only 19 down votes. Quite a difference, unless everyone is only focusing on the count part of the question.

With the new notification system in place, I don't see any reason something like this would be all that obtrusive or annoying:

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I mean, I'm sure some setting could be added for those of you who would rather not see a friendly message like this.

It's been over 5 years since this was submitted and I'm really surprised there hasn't been an official response.

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+1 I liked your "inbox notification" mock-up... the cake icon was a good touch. – HackerKarma Aug 6 at 11:36

It's Saturday where I'm at. You should've told me that your birthday was yesterday, I would've brought punch and pie.

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It's still today where I'm at! – Ether Apr 24 '10 at 15:35

Enjoy the day - er, I mean yesterday. We didn't mean to miss it...

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People should get +200 rep on their birthday. Just sayin'

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As long as it is taken from them at the next day. – perbert Apr 24 '10 at 16:24
@voy, I would update my birthday information every day of every year – juanformoso Apr 30 '10 at 1:17

You should get +50 on your birthday. Just sayin'.

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I think he already got +110. – Pëkka Apr 24 '10 at 12:42
Yes, but on MSO. That's like getting scratch tickets for your birthday :) – user27414 Apr 24 '10 at 13:09

Happy Birthday anyway! :D and I hope it was a good one, even though we @ Meta Stack Overflow missed it!

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I agree and support the proposal OP has made. There are few good suggestions already made here by fellow community members. I like the inbox notification idea posted by "James Donnelly". I would suggest displaying a small banner message upon login e.g. "Happy Birthday!" that stays for a few seconds and goes away. I don't know what is right word for this type of message (is it flash notification?) but I have seen this on few other sites.

This little personalized touch will be a nice addition to the Stack Exchange Network sites.

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Why just for a few seconds? The banner can stay all day! – shasi kanth Aug 6 at 11:59
@shasikanth Thanks. I don't mind that. My suggestion was at least show upon the "login". I don't know whether SE's UX/UI team will consider occupying the screen estate for the banner for the entire day. – HackerKarma Aug 6 at 13:17

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