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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I'd like to shed a little light on the recent tagging of this post as status-declined.
In May 2018, in order to comply with GDPR, SE removed all references to age and birth dates from their system: it's now no longer possible to set a birth date in one's profile, and other users can't see others' age in SEDE, the API, and other places. Additionally, all info that was previously entered into that profile field has been permanently removed.
As a result, it's now impossible to implement this request.
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
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:
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 feature-request was submitted and I'm really surprised there hasn't been an official response.
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.