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On a new forum launch, I just spent some time deleting all calendar stuff in the code... but did I do wrong?
I DO use calendars on a couple of sites where schedules are important - but not the "forum" sort. These are run with perl....
I find it difficult to get excited about maintaining calendar functionality so that members can see when others have birthdays. Maybe that would be fun in a very "touchy-feely" community, but I find the giant lists of "Today's Birthdays" on some forums an annoying waste of home page real estate and bandwidth.
Members get deleted if they don't post for a month? That's one way to keep the membership roster uncluttered...lol We give them free hosting without ads but in exchange they have to come and post in our forum which does have ads......... well nothing is ever free. ;)
I've found most forum-bundled calendars are not as robust as I'd like, so for a hard core events-centered site (say a dating service that has many events every day/week for members to sign up and attend) more robust features might be necessary.
Those are a couple of good examples of using a forum calendar to support a community. More generally, I suppose, any forum community with a "real world" component like meetups, conferences, special interest group meetings, or even planned chat sessions could benefit from a calendar.
With a forum that doesn't have anything to do with events or gatherings, I think deleting the calendar is fine. It's probably just more work than you need to keep the calendar up to date and censored.