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JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (554,946)
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10/24/13 11:56 P

Online Now  • ))
I love the Cafe!!!!!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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10/24/13 1:19 P

KJ -- I post here because I know you are here. Oh yes, and that all my other SP friends post here with great topics.!

GOALWTIN7 SparkPoints: (2,121)
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10/24/13 12:44 P

I think there would be more activity on the teams if there were just one team per interest instead of several teams on the same interest. I like the message boards for diverse of topics.

MOMMASGOTINK SparkPoints: (1,544)
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10/24/13 12:00 P

I just started but so far the few teams I looked at are inactive, I don't mind yet though. I suppose once I really get the hang of the site i'll search for more active teams.

10/24/13 11:45 A

I just like to read smart people's opinions! I learn a lot, and I get a good laugh from some of the comments occasionally. emoticon

TLEA53 Posts: 4,064
10/24/13 9:56 A

I'm a backslider and have been looking for some teams to join, but like many here, have found so many inactive. I need daily support. So I guess I'll be checking in at the Café.

I have found that a lot of these posts at the Café are for one word answers, just to get points. I'm looking for some discussions to hear people's ideas, what's helped them, etc.

I joined one group and in noticing no weight loss discussion, posted that we should try to lose weight by Christmas. The leader informed me that they don't do weight loss challenges there. Sorry, I thought that is what Spark was all about. Losing weight with education and support.

Still looking for some personal inspiration and motivation.


10/24/13 7:40 A

I haven't yet found a team that was active enough that I really wanted to even join. All the ones I've checked out seemed kind of(or really!) dead. :-/

TCANNO SparkPoints: (337,075)
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10/24/13 5:27 A

I would not say better but different

KAYAHSLOANE1 Posts: 10,467
10/24/13 5:00 A

I like posting in my Spark Teams but it gets inactive in some teams from time to time. On the message board it does seem there is more activity on a cross section of topics. It would be nice to earn message board points for the reading different Articles or on The Spark Blog postings because I have plenty to say on those a good deal of the time.

TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
10/22/13 3:28 P

Maybe in the Teams, many have migrated to SparkCoach or some other more interactive experience ... it's entirely possible to have different parts of this community. The ones who maintain message boarding, and the ones who have a more multimedia experience (excluding creating their own multimedia content on blogs/vLogs) ... that is one explanation that comes to mind ... Maybe many others have gotten discouraged or run out of steam ...

10/22/13 3:00 P

I've been back and forth with Spark for 6 years now, maybe longer. I was just thinking today that it seems as though the activity in the Spark Teams has been dying down from what I remember, which is unfortunate as I used to really enjoy the Spark Teams. I remember when I could join challenges monthly and there would be many participants. It was very motivating. On a few of the teams I recently joined, there are hardly any updates and they're mostly from the same one or two people. Also, the most recent challenges are from April or May! Am I just going crazy? I never used to come to the Cafe message boards, but I see myself spending more time on here from now on than on my teams.

TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
10/22/13 9:58 A

Being that this is an online forum—like all such forums online ... if the problem originated in the brick-and-mortar world, and it is a controversial and gray area that you care about and are apt to take personally, better to keep the bulk of it offline and find opportunities (on neutral ground, of course) to fight the good fight where it counts: offline ... your online buddies are for support and not as proxies for the offline issues/drama, etc.

10/22/13 9:52 A

@Sheryl: agreed, some folks are incapable of debating and would rather resort to name calling or trolling because their point is pointless or they can't qualify it.

SUSAN727 Posts: 1,879
10/22/13 9:47 A

I enjoy the café more. I do belong to some other teams but they are not active. After a while, I usually leave them.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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10/22/13 8:44 A

I have not really found active continuing discussions, debates, etc., on the teams I have joined. I like to discuss topics whether they are related to weight loss, maintenance, good health, or something else entirely. I do find this sometimes at the Cafe, but have not had much luck with it on the teams.

TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
10/22/13 5:43 A

I like seeing everyone else opinion.. :-)

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,317
10/22/13 5:10 A

There are more opportunities for interesting discussions in the café because of the variety of people...great exchange of ideas when not everyone thinks the same way, But Some people do not understand the difference between a debate and a personal attack.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (337,075)
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10/22/13 4:22 A

I don't come here that often but I do find that there are people who want help here.

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,485
10/22/13 2:49 A

I always come here first. I sometimes drop in on some of the other forums but usually find this the most interesting. (Games forum is useful if I'm in a hurry but want to get my points for 5 posts!!)

TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
10/21/13 10:59 P

What do you mean, SUNSET?

By tag, tag and tag do you mean making a lot of threads in teams, "Sticky Threads" ? Or then labeling those threads: "DO NOT POST TO THIS THREAD" ... ?

Or do you mean just holding a few non-inclusive cross-conversations, such as if I only wanted to talk to you:

(e.g. beginning a post with "@SUNSET09")?

Or, (and this is the worst!), posts that are limited in open-endedness-- which encourage cross posting by the same members to multiple teams with low-engagement ... me don't like dat .. !

SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (526,050)
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10/21/13 10:42 P

The café is for whatever you want to discuss; not just tag, tag and tag! Very informative! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
10/21/13 10:32 P

I think that in one of my teams, a few of the "silent leaders" have learned to moderate posts ... I am not joking nor imagining things!

7/2/13 9:57 P

@BN63: Now, now,...let's be civil, LOL!!!!!!

HAPPYTUHA SparkPoints: (16,381)
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7/2/13 9:24 P


ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (12,745)
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7/2/13 9:20 P

Yes, I too, have met some really fun (and funny!)- yet genuinely supportive- Spark friends "hanging out" in the SP café!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/2/13 2:38 P

KJ -- I post here as I just want to hang with the cool SP kids - GF, OB, bad I emoticon MF isn't here anymore....or is she! emoticon

7/2/13 11:31 A

I like variety of topics and higher number of participants....after a year of sparking, it became a comfortable place with familiar faces.... emoticon

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (0)
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7/2/13 10:18 A

I like the variety of topics and very few "agendas" involved.

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
7/2/13 10:16 A

I like posting here because I'm not obligated to any team and I can still come in when I have the time and participate on this message board.

CRISTALCONNORS SparkPoints: (14,880)
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7/2/13 9:36 A

It is a nice reminder that we are all human and not just focused on eating well, exercise, etc.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
7/2/13 5:25 A

There is definitely a place for the teams if they are active. Very few are. I like the variety of the cafe.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/2/13 3:04 A

I like the team concept but the café is where I tend to gravitate these days to see a variety of topics and people to talk to.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,054
7/1/13 8:14 P

active teams are great. I have pared back on the number of teams I belong to though.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,270)
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7/1/13 8:12 P

I have tried and tried and tried to use teams. I tend to forget about them. I go down the list of message boards, and forget about teams. Some are inactive, others are insular, and well, like you, I want to meet a variety of people, not just the people who are "like" me. (As if anyone here's like me. ;))

ZZYYGGY3 Posts: 2,373
7/1/13 4:57 P

I like posting in the cafe because there are alot more different topics to post on, but I also work in my teams. You also meet alot of different people on the message boards.

7/1/13 4:21 P

I belong to a few other teams but no where else is better to post open topics than right here in the cafe', why? Because teams that have like-minded people go dead in a hurry (or at least that's been my experience), so that's why I'd rather post open topics here than any where else.


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