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Thanks for passing along. Change is good! It keeps us learning and on our toes. I welcome it always.
For those who have wondered why all the changes this might explain it
As you know, we’ve made a number of changes to the site recently. Some of them have been welcomed additions, while others might be taking a while to get used to. I wanted to try and provide some perspective about why we’ve been doing these things, so that you can understand the strategy behind it and know that it’s not just to frustrate or confuse our long-time members.
Our goal has always been to help as many people as possible be healthy and lose weight. That means we want to reach as many new members as possible. When we have surveyed people about why they don’t stay on SparkPeople, the biggest reason is that SparkPeople is too overwhelming. If you’ve been a member for a long time, it can be hard to take a step back and put yourself in the position of a new member. Many of these changes are being done to help showcase our best features more cleanly and easily. Sometimes that also means removing features that are not as popular and aren’t well-used.
We also need to keep up with web design standards, to make the site a more welcoming place for new members. That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate our long-time members or that we want to make the site more difficult to read or navigate. But if we want to appeal to as wide of an audience as possible, then sometimes we need to make these kinds of changes- like the new Team Wall, redesign of the Nutrition Tracker, etc.
We understand that when we make changes, there will always be at least a few members who are not happy about them. We always appreciate feedback (positive and negative) from our Community Team and Team Leaders, since you are some of our most loyal and dedicated members. However, as you give feedback, we’d ask that you keep the reasoning for changes we described above in mind. We know our members love how SparkPeople is a positive community, and we like that to extend to feedback as well. SparkPeople’s community admins and employees are a small group of real people looking to help people be healthier, and we know one of the best ways to do this is an open and respectful dialogue with our Community Team and Team Leaders.
Thanks so much,
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