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Private spark teams

Monday, October 08, 2012

I see a few private spark teams around a lot. I wonder why people keep them private. I get that people deserve and want privacy but I just wonder why make a spark team private (unless it's about some condition you don't want anyone else to know about or something along those lines.) Maybe it's to keep a smaller, closer community between members?

There are also a couple of teams that I see ALL the time and wonder what they are all about. I can't help it, they are everywhere! emoticon

Guess I will never know. Oh well.

Does anyone else wonder about this or am I alone in this curiosity?

So, this is what I am curious about. What are you curious about on sparkpeople?

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    i know how you feel, the private teams i belong to are usually time framed ones where they close it off public after a certain time for the members who are currently doing the team challenges, other ones went private because when they were public people would come in, say hi and never say another word, and other ones are with private or personal issues, like working with certain self help modules.

    I get the drift when i want to send a spark goodie to someone and their page is private or offline, i usually don't get that either, but i understand why some groups are private.
    1961 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    The challenges also are labeled private. It's because they stop accepting after the teams are decided I assume.
    1964 days ago
    With the Biggest Loser teams they become private when all the teams have been filled. The challenge lasts for 12 weeks. Then they open with a registration team. We are on round 20, my first, but I plan to register again when it is time for BLC21. There are private teams, but SP has to approve them before they can become active.
    1964 days ago
    I have often wondered the same thing :) With the Biggest Loser Teams... they are private because each team can only have a certain number of members to compete in the challenges against other Biggest Loser teams. For instance.. I am on the Lemon team for a Biggest Loser challenge against other teams... and each team can only have a certain amount of members competing.

    With other teams that don't compete that are private... I am not sure why some of them are private.
    1964 days ago
    Some sparkteams are private because they're only for a single family, group of friends, or even for a group of people at a single company. This allows them to have more competitions and talk about specific things without having random people join and muddle it. Think about it: if you were in a competition at work to find who can get the most fitness minutes in a month, would you want people from around the world joining in and posting all over the team?

    Some teams are popular because the leaders are great, a few members draw a lot of attention, or the boards have a lot of activity. Others offer a wide opening for many people to join (as in for emotional eaters or a challenge to work out 10 minutes each day).

    Most of my teams are small, specialized groups. It's nice to find a few people to really become close with for one reason or another, but if those few are too busy to come online or leave SP, the team can go quiet for weeks. The bigger teams can be nice when you want to get points for posts or finding blogs to respond to, but it can be harder to really get to know certain people (besides contacting them directly through sparkmail of course).

    If you want to know about a team, join (unless it's private of course - then you can sparkmail the leader if you're 'dying to know'), look around, and start posting. Most teams are open and friendly. If you find the team is not helping your success you can always leave the team.
    1964 days ago
    I think sometimes they are a Company Team or a small group of friends. They are missing out a lot by being private. If I stayed private I would have missed out on some of my best supporters! emoticon
    1964 days ago
    I've never noticed, now I'm intrigued. If being exclusive and private helps other people get to there goals, more power to them. I'll stick with my open relationship with ya'll!!!!!
    1964 days ago
    Your suggestions sound logical. I really never noticed the teams. Actually, I sometimes feel left out when someone's page is private. Especially when they say something on my blog and I want to respond.
    1964 days ago

    I have to tell you, I would love for our Peppy team to be private so that we can all share even more without the whole Spark community looking in......

    Maybe the question is, when you see a private team, do you feel left out?
    1964 days ago
    Maybe some are all coworkers or something? I've honestly never noticed!
    1964 days ago
    I think private teams are so they can keep the membership small so it's more manageable or they can feel more like family working together. Some of the big teams you feel lost in the croud, that noone really cares.
    1964 days ago
    Sometimes the private teams are afraid to let to many people in their lives and feel safer having that control. I was a part of a few under my "old" account and usually it had everything to do with felling safe with a group of people. Yes I also see the ones ALWAYS on the board however some of them are so large I dont even want to give them a try in fear of just disappearing among the masses.
    1964 days ago
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    Comment edited on: 10/8/2012 6:44:03 AM
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