#463: Random Thoughts About SP
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
SparkPeople is valuable site for anyone who wants to lose weight and make new friends. In no particular order here are other random thoughts about SP. with which you may or may not agree:
* I am grateful this site is free to use and I do understand the need for ads, but some of them have been in questionable taste, such as the one for male sexual enhancement and the one for female incontinence that showed a woman's jean-clad crotch. I have to question the judgment of whomever chooses this type of ad.
* It's educational being able to read so many different articles on nutrition, fitness, motivation, well-being and various diseases and illnesses.
* It's nice having quizzes added that count for 10 points up to a daily max. of 50 but it's disappointing to learn the number of quizzes is limited so we can't get points after we've maxed out several days in a row.
* It's also nice we are now able to reset the A-Z Health topics. An improvement would be to award three points for each of the nine sections within each topic -- symptoms, when to see a doctor, etc.
* Why don't team leaders at least huddle with their teams every day and welcome new team members?
* If you post a profile picture and more than one person is in the picture, identify who is who.
* When you take pictures, it might be a good idea to make sure there is not a flash from a mirror, or dirty clothes on the floor or the toilet in the background, etc. Better than self-photos with a cell phone, have someone take one of you with appropriate background.
* Another thing to pay attention to is the color of the profile page and the color of letters chosen to use on that background. Some pages are so dark it's impossible to read what is being typed as a comment.
* If you answer a post, read the first post for what the poster asked.
* If you do answer a post, stick to the poster's topic. If you want to start your own topic, then do so in a separate post. And if a topic doesn't apply to you then don't answer. One topic asked about counting coffee and tea as part of daily water intake and one reply was, "I don't drink coffee." The topic didn't ask if you did so why even reply then?
* Check your teams for topics already posted before beginning a new one that is the same as an ongoing one. This just clogs up the message boards.
* Check spelling before posting, especially if you call yourself a writer. One hint: "loose" is what clothes become after we "lose" weight.
* I enjoy receiving and giving Goodies and am happy they are an option.
* I wonder how people can show 2,000 fitness minutes on the first day of the month. Are they really being honest with everyone and themselves?
* Status updates are fun to follow but don't get upset if we don't click we liked it. It might not appeal to us or make sense to us.
* I was told by a SP coach that it is not the number of people who read a blog that determines if it will be designated a "Popular Blog" but that it is based on the number of people who click they liked it. So, if you thought a blog was worthwhile then click you liked it.
* I wish there was a way to know when team members become inactive on the site. I've clicked a number of them on different teams and received a message that the member couldn't be found. But their picture remains on the team site.
* How is it that I get an email notification of a new team member, send that member a welcome team Goodie, but then when I try to access their page to write a personal comment am told by a message that the user can't be found? How can they be found to receive the team Goodie then?