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Old 06-21-2019, 09:39 AM
 
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I just realized that: even if Google calendar has the button to let user choose Never End, BUT it actually ends after 730 occurrences. I have tested on a daily event and weekly event, both of them only last for 730 occurrences.

I have noticed the maximum of occurrences, since I have a daily event on Google Calendar, now suddenly realize that Google has not send me reminder for a while, then I found out the event ends on May 19. So there is no such thing Never End in Google Calendar, the feature is misleading.

I have tested an daily event on Outlook calendar, not sure if it lasts forever, but at least it is still there when I check a future month (many years after today).

My question: Why Google Calendar does not allow users to unlimited occurrences? Is it technical challenge?

Thanks.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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If 730 occurrences won't do it, nothing will.

I assume it's a more or less arbitrary limit, set by programming dictates or just as a reasonable number. It could well be 365 or 36,500. About two years on a daily basis seems reasonable to me.

Database size and management also comes to mind. I can't imagine what would happen if millions of users had hundreds of events that repeated forever. Capping such serial strings at around 10 years is probably a management issue.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:55 AM
 
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If 730 occurrences won't do it, nothing will.

I assume it's a more or less arbitrary limit, set by programming dictates or just as a reasonable number. It could well be 365 or 36,500. About two years on a daily basis seems reasonable to me.
You think 730 is reasonable? Something does need to last for many years, I almost put everything on Google Calendar, for example, I want to remind myself of facial skin care before going to bed. It is an event which should last for more than 2 years. I actually have quite a few weekly events(set as Never End).

The bigger issue is: the feature Never End is misleading. It should state the system can only accept 730 occurrences.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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You think 730 is reasonable?
Someone with far greater powers than I does.

I'm pretty sure all calendar programs, web or local, have limitations on 'forever' and span. I don't see 730 iterations of something as a crippling limitation.

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Something does need to last for many years, I almost put everything on Google Calendar, for example, I want to remind myself of facial skin care before going to bed. It is an event which should last for more than 2 years. I actually have quite a few weekly events(set as Never End).
If you can't remember to reset a daily reminder every year or two, the problem is not GC's limitations.

If it didn't occur to you to set up two, or three, or five events that serially handle the reminder (say, "for a year" five times in a row), you need to think outside the box.

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The bigger issue is: the feature Never End is misleading. It should state the system can only accept 730 occurrences.
I'd sue the bastards and demand my money back.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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I'd sue the bastards and demand my money back.
What money? It is free service. I am not complaining, from technical stand point, I am just don't understand why 730 is the maximum. For me, the maximum number should be at least make sense theoretically. If maximum 36500 occurrences, then it is 100 years for a daily event, for most people's life expectation, it is fine. But two years? It is just too short.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Maybe Google knows the Vogons will come in two years and destroy the Earth.

Actually, a question like yours is best addressed to Google. It is a decent enough question, but any answer here is going to be a guess.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:32 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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You think 730 is reasonable? Something does need to last for many years, I almost put everything on Google Calendar, for example, I want to remind myself of facial skin care before going to bed. It is an event which should last for more than 2 years. I actually have quite a few weekly events(set as Never End).

The bigger issue is: the feature Never End is misleading. It should state the system can only accept 730 occurrences.
What's reasonable is subjective. I think the big "miss" here is the lack of notice when you create the calendar to let you know that there is a limit.

As for the reasons of that limit - if you really want to know, you may want to search the Gsuite communities or post something there. I suspect it has more to do with tieing up loose ends within the API. Since you probably will have limits on the number of events - period, they have to put some boundaries in place. But that's just a wild guess.
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