Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I posted a thread in the Cafe yesterday about the ubiquitous misuse of the terms "loose" vs "lose" in relation to our weight loss efforts here. It was a respectful post. I just posted the definitions and made a silly comment about not wanting our "freed" pounds to find us again. It had collected a couple of seemingly positive (or at least agreeable) responses.
Today, I went back in response to my email notification to find the post had been removed. I contacted SP staff about it, to which the answer was that other members were reacting negatively to it, and posting responses to that effect, so it was removed.
I find this offensive. Why is the "friendly" original post removed, rather than the offensive member(s) being warned? That is the usual case in nearly EVERY other forum I belong to. If the tone of replies goes awry, it's those posters who are chastised for inappropriate behavior, not the OP.
I've pretty much had it with the petty policing on SP. I joined for the Nutrition Tracker, and for the support and information and good discussion on the forums. Now, it turns out, you can't have discussions. You can't express opinions (or, at least SOME of us can't). Certain ones or groups can't make comments or state opinions which don't toe the Spark line. Some of us can't even make conversation that other members "respond negatively to."
We can, however, put up with repeated overhauls to the site, which are implemented with little warning and no polling for members' preferences. We can tolerate ads which go strictly against the efforts toward weight loss and health which is why *most* of us are here. We can be subjected to opinions from other members which might not be compliant with (and perhaps offensive to) our own dietary choices.
Pfft I've had about enough.
Someone posted a mention of another website which has a very nice nutrition tracker. It doesn't have the forums; it's pretty much a solo effort. But maybe that's preferable. At least it wouldn't be the nonstop stress of "what's it going to be *today*?" Their database isn't nearly as extensive, nor does it have all my entered favorites... but it will have, when I'm done. And then there will be no more nonsense from SP.
So you might not see me around as regularly for a while.
I'm off building my new foods database in a place which isn't so dictatorial.
I was wrong! there are forums. They're not as active or as diverse as SP... but might be more congenial. I hope!