#1152 Ecards, Emails and Tell a Relative


As an admin I would like to be able to send a custom ecard (or in the very least an email) to those who are having 'anniversaries' (birthdays, weddings etc).

A living family member would then get one or two emails a year (if they have an email associated with their entry) AND it would draw them back to the site to enter any further family information that they have found or that has occurred during that year.

I also think it would help create a sense of community.

Also a "Tell a Relative" button would be cool.


  • Anonymous - 2009-09-23

    IMHO this is the sort of thing people use a CMS (with PGV embedded) for. I'm certain products like Joomla already have these things readily available. The focus of PGV should be genealogy, not social networking. There are much better tools out there for this than we are likely to be able to develop in PGV.

    Personal opinion of course, and there is nothing to stop anyone from developing these, but I suspect you will wait a VERY long time before any of the existing development team even think about this sort of option.

    If you still prefer it to be part of PGV, then my advice would be for you to find someone with the expertise and interest in this to develop it as a module, so that it can be used or ignored by anyone as they choose. If its published in the Patches section here it should get added to the module offerings in the next release. Thats how modules like punBB, lightbox and googlemaps came about.

  • Pilgrims

    Pilgrims - 2009-09-23

    Fair enough.

    The thing is that I couldn't find the integration module for Drupal on the D.o website as someone here asked for it to be removed.

    So I thought that if PGV devs were against integration then perhaps they may be interested in replacing the features that a CMS gives.

  • Anonymous - 2009-09-23

    I don't believe the devs here are against integration at all. In fact fisharebest has done a huge amount of work to advise integrators on the best solutions. He also wrote a complete integration module for them to use. That is still part of PGV - modules/cms-interface.
    What they are against is a) integration that opens huge security holes into PGV, which many of the early ones were found to do, and b) any patches that are no longer compatible with current code. One of those will be the reason files are no longer included.

  • Greg Roach

    Greg Roach - 2009-09-25

    << someone here asked for it to be removed>>

    That was me - for reason (a) given by kiwi_pgv.

    I wrote a feature request some years ago (https://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=1836103&group_id=55456&atid=477082) to filter the upcoming events using relationship privacy rules. This would allow you to identify upcoming birthdays etc. of close relatives, and contact the person directly.

    I would oppose any form of automatic emailing system. Many of the recipients would view it as spam. If you haven't been told of someone's death/divorce, then sending an automatic birthday/anniversay message could be considered a little insensitive.

    If this earlier feature request would meet your requirements, then perhaps you could add your support there, and close this one.

    If not, then could you explain what you would want that wouldn't be covered by it.


  • Pilgrims

    Pilgrims - 2009-09-28

    Ok, so have added support to your feature request fisharebest.

    Can you please clarify how one can determine if security holes still exist in integrating the Drupal CMS (now 6.14 and with 7 to be released early 2010) with PGV.

    If the security threats have been taken care of, where does one find the code to embed PGV in a Drupal site?


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