Unfortunately there is no method I can see of allowing individual users to opt out of having their birthday shown.How can I make sure nobody sees my birth date ? I hate publicity; besides many people after, say, forty take their birthdays as another step to the grave and do not enjoy being reminded abt it. I rather see the glass half full than half empty, yet to me birthday is just a chance to gather my friends and family. If I had known it was possible, I’d have avoided giving this info while registering.
I have switched the Today's Birthdays section off as an experiment. I will discuss with the other staff here and will put a poll up in the members' forum to see what the majority of people here think about this. Majority wins.
This is odd, and I'm very sorry that you are having this problem! The site should run reasonably fast worldwide now as we've made many improvements in our hardware and configuration recently. I can only suggest that there is some external factor which is slowing things down for you.I wonder why it usually takes so long –abt a full minute –to open your site pages. I’d blame it on my laptop or some local conditions if other forums opened so slowly,too; but they don’t.
Things that could slow things down are:
- a bad connection to the UK from your location
- some of the adverts on site could be slow-loading (check the status bar of your browser to see what is taking so long to load)
Please let me know if you can find out any more information about what's causing this.
- Is the site slow all the time, or is it only sometimes?
- Is it just the forum that's slow, or is it any page on site?