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Birthdays FAQ

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 3, 2002, 7:02 AM


1. What is birthdays and its purpose?
birthdays was created with a sole purpose: To bring deviants birthday greetings when their special day rolls around. Each and every day, we look at the deviantART Birthdays Website and visit each deviants birthdays for that particular day, giving them a little love and well wishes on their birthday.

2. Can I check to see if I am already listed?
Yes, this is quite possible and we do encourage this as a lot of people request to be added and they are already. On the deviantART Birthdays Website there is a search function in the top right-hand corner. Enter your name here and press enter.

3. How can I check to see when a friend's birthday is?
Anyone can check to see if a certain deviant's birthday is listed. All you need to do is use the search function which you will find in the top right hand corner of the deviantART Birthdays Website. Enter the username and hit enter. If they are listed it will show you the date!

4. Can I add my friends to the list to have them suprised on their birthday?
We will not add anyone unless they ask us personally. The reasons for this are privacy. Not everyone wants their birthday known to the entire world (everyone has visible access to the birthdays database). In the past, we have also been flamed from people in cases where friends have added them without permission.

5. Why didn't I receive my greeting?
Quite simple. If you come to birthdays and tell us you haven't received a greeting, it's because you aren't listed. If you're not listed, we will not wish you a happy birthday. We don't know every single member's birthdays so it is impossible for us to give you one if you haven't been listed.

6. My birthday is listed. Why didn't I receive my greeting?
If you know you are infact listed and still didn't receive a birthday greeting, it could be one of a few reasons:

(1) Your birthday has been added incorrectly.
(2) Your username is spelt incorrectly.
(3) You haven't been active on deviantART in quite some time (a couple of months+) and we haven't left you a message because of this.

7. Why am I listed if I did not add myself?
Before the switch over to our new database, it was possible for users to add themselves to the database. That also meant that users were able to enter in friend's usernames as well. Although we asked people not to do this, some indeed did. This would be the reason why you're listed. However, now we have a new database in place, it is no longer possible for users to add themselves which protects unauthorized adding of friends.

8. Why was my username removed from the birthdays list?
Since we now have the ability to remove people from the database, we have been putting this into good use. If you were listed on the database, but noticed that you no longer are, this could be due to several of the following reasons:
  • (1) You have been removed due to inactivity. The removal process is usually decided in a few ways. For example, if you have been logged out of deviantART for more than 6 months you will be removed. If we cannot judge by that since some people hide their online status, other things will be taken into account such as if you have a recent birthday greeting on your page from the last year. If this is the case, but you have logged in let's say 5 days ago, you will still be removed. We cannot waste our time wishing people happy birthday that are hardly active and we do not feel comfortable with overloading people's pages with greetings. 
  • (2) You have hidden all of the comments on your profile page.  We are not going to take the time to leave a comment on your page if you are just going to hide it.  This includes posting a comment on your profile page saying something like "Please Reply To This Comment.  I want to keep my page clean."  The Birthdays Team will not leave birthday greetings as a reply to a comment.  If you do not want comments on your profile page, don't add yourself to the Birthdays Database since the main purpose of Birthdays is to leave comments on profile pages.
  • (3) You've changed your username without notifying us.  To notify us of a username change, please send us a note with the subject "Username Change" and include your old username, new username, and date of birth




If you have a question for us that isn't listed here, then
please feel free to note us with the question and we shall get
back to you ASAP. Thank you.

Updated: 10th March 2017


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:iconfantasyman505:
Fantasyman505 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can i add my username?
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KVRVSU Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I sent a note on my birthday because i found out about you guys yesterday. When will my name show up on the birthdays page?
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birthdays Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
You will receive a reply from us once it has been added.  We are a team of volunteers that run the database in our own free time.  We try to keep up with requests on a daily basis, but unfortunately that isn't always possible.  So please allow up to a week for your birthday to be added. 
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CaraDina Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would it be removed from the database if I am off 1 month?
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birthdays Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Greetings!

All birthdays are entered manually, and are not officially connected to the official DeviantArt site. If your birthday is 1 month off we will not remove it from the database without reason.

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The Birthdays Team
This comment was left by Viamie
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X-raywhisker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey so my birthday is on November 1st and I was wondering how do you recive gifts by your watchers?
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MangoTheCoolRainWing Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm kinda confused on how to put my name into this database. How does this note thing work? Do I just send you guys a note with the day of my birthday on it?
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birthdays Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017
Hi there,

That's right! Include your birth date in the following format for example: November 10th.

Important: Please do not write your birthday as 10/11 for example because different countries switch the dates around.

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The Birthdays Team
This comment was left by KoudelkaW
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LunaConner Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Student Writer
i am having trouble with my birthday message, i am spelling my name correctly and i am definitely on every day and my birthday is definitely registered but i still dont get my birthday message.
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birthdays Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017
According to our records, your birthday is April 10th.  You were added to our database on April 7, 2017.  While we try our hardest to do birthday greetings every single day, we are still just volunteers with full time lives including school, jobs, family and other responsibilities.  We get sick, we lose internet, and other things in life just happen that prevent us from being able to be online.  So some days we are just unable to do birthday greetings. Since you have only had 1 birthday since you were added to the database, it is likely that your birthday just happened to be one of the days our volunteers were unable to send out birthday greetings.  Hopefully you will receive a greeting on your next birthday!  
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LunaConner Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Student Writer
i sorted it out, it was my fault ^^; thanks =)
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Herobette Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got a question. When i try to put the birthday badge on my profile. It gives me a link and it keeps saying its a dangerous link or smth?
I'm trying to make it show my birthday days count down.
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birthdays Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Greetings!

Unfortunately we are currently experiencing a problem with the badges with the recent switch. Check out this journal for more details Problem With Birthday Badges

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The Birthdays Team
This comment was left by Viamie
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Herobette Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Moon-Dungeon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I put my birthday as August 14, 2000 but my real birthday is November 1, 2003
Is there a way to change it? If not, then I'm stuck because DeviantArt won't let me make a new account..
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birthdays Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
We are not affiliated with deviantART in any way.  We are a group of volunteers that keep our own personal database of user birthdays that wish to receive birthday greetings from us on their birthdays.  

If you need to change the birthday that appears in your deviantART profile, you will need to contact deviantART directly.  
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Moon-Dungeon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, ok

I understand ;)
Thanks
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chocolush Featured By Owner Edited May 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I add my birthday on my Journal?
I don't have core, so I can't use the Shout box.
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fayzefur Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Send birthdays a note with your birthday
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Gold-Horned-Alpha Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do I know if my note got through?
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birthdays Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
You'll typically get a reply within 1-2 days.

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The Birthdays Team
This comment was left by KoudelkaW
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Gold-Horned-Alpha Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fair enough. Thanks for the reply :)
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Ipundertale Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you change your listed birthday??
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Mimi-bozic Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
may you add my b-day to list my b-day is 25. october(10)BAD ENGLISH
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:iconfayzefur:
fayzefur Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Send birthdays a note with your birthday
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:iconmimi-bozic:
Mimi-bozic Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know,look  Screenshot 9 by Mimi-bozic
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Sub-Scorpion02 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
Can you change your Date of Birth? Cause I added it wrong by accident. Is there anyway I can edit my Date of Birth? :(
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birthdays Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Send us a note with the changes that need to be made and we will fix it!
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Jazmir97 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I send the note how long it takes for me to be listed?
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LadyFluffer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Hi there birthdays 
My birthday was yesterday and i didn't receive a message from you :( 
I've read the FAQ and i am still listed and active. 

hopefully i can still get a message 
- many thanks x
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birthdays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Sorry, the person who does Sundays wasn't free and I couldn't cover until today, so I'll be sending them as late greetings soon.

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The Birthdays Team
This comment was left by KoudelkaW
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LadyFluffer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Thats Okay, At least ill still receive a message.
It really makes my day when i get one from you guys! 

Today is my mothers birthday :) 
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AestheticShiloh Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't get my birthday message....  :(
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birthdays Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016
As in the reply of note or the birthday greeting?
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:iconaestheticshiloh:
AestheticShiloh Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in the reply (sorry to bother) 
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AestheticShiloh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes 
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UltimateQuick Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
Umm, hi, i didn't get my birthday message...
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thisuserisashark Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Student General Artist
Hi!
It says in this journal that you'll only post directs comments to a person's page, however I've seen a couple of instances where you have replied to an "reply here!" comment- I was wondering if that rule no longer applies or whether those instances were just one-offs or whatever :)
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birthdays Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
Hi there!

We'll post to those reply here comments as they're still part of their main profile page. We understand that people want to keep their page clean, so we try to cooperate with those requests.

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The Birthdays Team
This comment was left by KoudelkaW
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thisuserisashark Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Student General Artist
Ah okay, thank you! :)
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PacFan13 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't get my birthday message.
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birthdays Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
Hi there,

You don't appear to be on our database. If you have previously been on the database before, you were possibly removed for inactivity or a username change.

Please PM us to request an add. Please also remember that if you decide to change your username to note us with your old username, new username and birthdate.

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The Birthdays Team
This comment was left by KoudelkaW
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archaicglint Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Student Writer
Uhm, how do I add myself on the list?
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birthdays Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Adding Yourself
(1) Please subject/title your note to this account with "Add" only.

(2) Then include your birth date in the following format for example: November 11th. Please only leave us your birth date in the note. If you want to leave us any praise etc please leave that information on our profile page!

Important: Please do not write your birthday as 09/10 for example because different countries switch the dates around.

Birth dates left on the profile page and/or journal will not be added.

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The Birthdays Team
This comment was left by KoudelkaW
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NatiriAkashiya54 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you add your self???
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:iconi-am-ayla-cat:
I-am-Ayla-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
there is a comment right above yours answering that question
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NatiriAkashiya54 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i figured it out
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FirePowerX Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Thank you, this is a very helpful faq!
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Zbladeicewolf Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How to get my badge again i mean
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