Always display "Birthdays" module and/or link to /birthdays.bml on the homepage
Short, concise description of the idea
The LiveJournal homepage [http://www.livejournal.com/] [alternatively some other place] should always display the "Birthdays" module, or at least a link to [http://www.livejournal.com/birthdays.bml], even if none of the users' friends has their birthday within the next month.
Full description of the ideaAn ordered list of benefits
[http://www.livejournal.com/birthdays.bml] is currently somewhat hidden. As per the last comment on this suggestion [http://community.livejournal.com/suggestions/645214.html], it is not displayed in the site map or another place because it is linked from [http://www.livejournal.com/] - it can be accessed through the "more" link in the "Birthdays" module. However, this module will not be displayed at all if none of a user's friends has their birthday within the next month. This may make users think that the birthday module is broken or has been removed altogether; it certainly makes the page quite difficult to find, especially as it isn't documented in the FAQs. Of course one can reach the page through the "Site" search, but a direct link would be nice. Also, a message informing a user that none of their friends has their birthday within the next month may be helpful.
Therefore, I'd suggest to either just display a link to the Birthdays page on the homepage [alternatively somewhere else where it can be found], or, preferably, to always display the full module. If none of the viewer's Friends has their birthday within the next month, it could state something to that effect and display the "more" link so that users could view the full Birthdays list.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- Users will not think any longer that the birthday module is broken or has been removed.
- Users can access the full list of their friends' birthdays more easily, especially if they list few friends so that there are long gaps between the birthdays.
- Users might (and probably will) object to "cluttering" the homepage, especially if they list few or no accounts with birthdays as friends and aren't interested in the Birthdays page or in the module with the birthdays.