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I've a suggestion. How about sending to the registered members a Happy Birthday message? Today is my birthday and, I got impressed with the amount of forums that sent me a message, such as Abit and VBForums, among many, many others that I've totally forgotten.
Now the reason why I'm asking this is because we have really a huge amount of registered members, but how many are really active? Perhaps they don't want to receive the LQ.org bulletin for one reason or another (I do, mind you) and they most likely will forget LQ.org as time goes by, as I did with many other forums.
The e-mails I received are bots, it's lame, I know that, but made me at least take a look into those forums again that for a long time I've not logged in. It's a simple gesture that could help to bring a member back and/or make the active ones to feel a little more welcome.
Just a suggestion.
Now you can all congratulate me. I promise to be nicer and start less flames, been under very much stress for the past 2 years, without holidays and underpaid job with a family to feed, but that's another story, besides, today is a happy day for me
Happy birthday Megaman X This could work, maybe there could be an option in the Control Panel to "receive a birthday greeting email". As to why it isn't done already, well, it could be that Jeremy doesn't want people to feel inundated with email from us (possibly), or either he just didn't think of it or did't think we'd want it.
Happy Bday Megaman. Doesn't seem like a bad idea to me, and if it turns just one inactive member into an active one, then it's done its job. I realyl don't see where it could hurt if it was able to be turned on/off like XavierP says.
one message a year isn't really flooding the inbox.
I like this idea.
a community bulletin every two weeks (that's what you mean with bi-weekly, right? not twice a week? ) isn't a huge strain on the inbox. It's when you subscribe to a bunch of threads- then it is heavy on the inbox. Delete! I have renovated my inbox by deleting every old thread notification. It's great!
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The next version of the software will give you much more granularity over the amount of email you get from LQ (think thread subscription with no email being possible, daily digests, etc). At that time, I'd consider enabling birthday email for members who both allow email from LQ and have a valid birthday defined.