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SCIFIFAN Posts: 1,103
4/9/13 5:32 P

Except possibly when I was very new here I ignore those long posts; don't read them, don't post on them. They seem really useless to me.

I see (kind of) why if you are concentrating on Spark Points; for quite a while I did all the things to build up points until I realized the amount of time I was wasting for, really, nothing. Now I just ignore the point system.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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4/9/13 1:37 P

I like to see how people are doing. It is not for points for me. Just get ideas and share ideas.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,421)
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4/9/13 1:35 P

CLRWILLIAMS25 - there are separate forums for them... people just don't use them. ;)

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (32,730)
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4/9/13 1:15 P

When I first started participating in the forums, I posted in those topics. I then realized that you don't really get to converse with people in there. I tend to only respond when people are asking for opinions or advice. I wish there was a separate forum for these things. The dinner one is interesting at times (just for ideas), but as PPs have said, no one replies to questions or comments in there.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,421)
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4/9/13 11:21 A

I ignore them. There is no conversational nor support value in them, and they're annoying to me because as a community manager elsewhere, I feel they're misplaced here. They aren't asking diet & nutrition questions, you know? It's just a point-building exercise in futility.

I do not "see" them when I'm looking for things, and I don't read them.

I come here for the community, not mindless post counts. :)

TASHA0429 SparkPoints: (1,140)
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4/9/13 11:15 A

As someone else mentioned, I will read through a few of the meal posts to get ideas for meal planning. In particular the breakfast and lunch posts. It has given me some ideas on meals to bring to work.



MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,742
4/9/13 11:01 A

I generally avoid the topics that have more than one page. I find them really annoying.

I like to read the first post to get the gist of what the original poster is asking and with those long topics it is not possible.

I think they are just a waste of space and often push more meaningful conversations onto page two

MEADSBAY SparkPoints: (221,166)
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4/9/13 10:34 A

I have a personal goal of earning 100 sparkpoints every day and if I'm in a hurry that day I will use those posts to mindlessly click for 15 points (or however many pts I need).
They are not meant to be helpful.
To each his own.
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KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,428)
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4/9/13 10:34 A

They drive me nuts...I like to respond to and/or give feedback to members who are seeking advice, and I also like to read through some message board topics; I learn a lot from other members by doing this. It's annoying having to sift through tons of generic "How many cups of water have you had today?" topics clogging the first page of the forums to find actual posts that interest me. There's a special forum for the one-word-answer topics with 20k+ responses.

PROUD__MOMMA SparkPoints: (2,358)
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4/9/13 10:27 A

I think it's for accountability purposes. There should be a new topic everyday for these types of things, that way it's not too overwhelming and we can actually comment on the replies, as oppose to going through several pages of replies. That way, we can keep accountable and still post what we're having for lunch, lol :) Maybe SP needs to sort by date only and not by last post, or give users the option to do so themselves

Edited by: PROUD__MOMMA at: 4/9/2013 (10:28)
CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
4/9/13 10:08 A

I don't think I've ever posted to any of them, but I could be wrong.
I try to limit my postings to places that I feel my answer is of value (and I'm not entirely certain that applies here).

I do agree with Unident - mainly they are for points

INAFFIT319 SparkPoints: (10,850)
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4/9/13 6:50 A

It's definitely interesting to read your views, I've never looked at those threads negatively. I have posted to them. Especially the - what did you have for breakfast/lunch/dinner threads. I've read through them, not all 20,000 of course, but just enough to get ideas. The first reason is that I am a foodie. I like to see what others are eating, to get new ideas. Also, several months ago, I was STRUGGLING to stay on track with nutrition. Posting in those threads gave me accountability. No one said anything back, so I didn't feel judged or anything...but something about putting that information out there gave me an extra push to stay on track.

GOPINTOS SparkPoints: (32,958)
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4/9/13 3:24 A

hmmm interesting viewpoints.

I haven't looked at them lately, just every once in awhile, but especially in the beginning, I enjoyed looking through them for ideas. It gave me ideas on ways to stretch calories, ways to mix macros, etc. Some ppl would eat combos of things I never dreamed of but now some are my favorite. emoticon

BADTASTEBETTY SparkPoints: (1,566)
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4/9/13 3:16 A

I don't find these posts helpful at all. No one is actually paying attention to what anyone has to say, and they're generally a waste of time.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/9/13 1:28 A

Nobody feeds back on them.

Eg "How many cups of water have you had today". Go read it. The entire most-recent page of that 22k monstrosity is just how many cups each person had. Even though two people posted questions, nobody has answered them. Nobody posts "good job", nobody converses, there are no 'back and forth' messages between users, supporting each other.

They're purely for post points.

Personally, I feel rather sorry for the two who asked questions and are being ignored.

Spark staff have stated once these get above (I think it was about) a thousand posts, they can't remove them. When I see a new one starting, I tend to post a STOP icon and a link to the existing one of the same game - but that doesn't always work. So I'll report the thread if it carries on.

I think these kinds of threads are SUPER GREAT!! In the Spark Cafe. They really hack me off in the support forums. They're not support, they're not motivating, they're not questionning, they're not helpful, they're not at all useful. They should be removed and banned.

DATPANNA Posts: 158
4/8/13 11:12 P

I like topics like that just because it helps me stay active in the community and therefore more focused.

VELVETMERLIN Posts: 229
4/8/13 11:02 P

Some people like to start games and keep them going and I'm sure on posts that you are referring to people do read them. I don't think they read the whole thing, but I'm assuming you can call it a community within a community. Usually when there are that many I don't even bother; once in a while, depending on my mood, I will post something in there. Out of all the boards on here I pretty much stick to 4.

That's my take on it, anyway.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 942
4/8/13 11:00 P

Mostly, they are places to post so you can get your daily sparkpoints for posting. Some are games, and others are ways to toot your own horn.

Do people read them? Probably not totally. I'll read the last page if I am posting on one, but that is about it.

BECKYBECKY1954 Posts: 66
4/8/13 10:55 P

I'm just curious: why are there several generic messages with 20,000 or more posts, messages like "what did u eat for lunch?" and "what did u eat for dinner?" and several others.

Obviously, people are adding to them every day, but are other people reading them?

There are messages like that in almost every section of the SparkPeople message boards.

Some of them even have more than 100,000 posts!

Do you ever read those type of messages? Why?

Do you ever add to them? Why?

Again, I'm just curious. To me, they're neither interesting nor useful, but I'd like to know if others are enjoying them or getting something from them?

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