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SparkTeam Leader FAQs

Tools to Make the Most of Your Team Experience

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Congratulations on starting a SparkTeam! As a SparkTeam leader, there are lots of ways you can customize your SparkTeam page.

How do I set Team goals?
Under the Message Board forums on your Team page, you'll see a section for Team Goals. To create goals for your Team members to join and track, click the ''Add/Edit Team Goals'' button in the bottom  left corner. Then click the ''Add a New Team Goal''  button and follow the steps to create a goal for your Team. There is a limit of five goals per Team. Goals can be related to nutrition, fitness, overall health, or something specific to the purpose of your Team. If you want the Team Goals section of your page to show a progress bar, showing how your Team is doing, you must enter a Target Number when creating your Team goal; otherwise, your goal will not have a progress bar next to it (an optional feature).

How do I make a Team Announcement?
Only Team Leaders can make announcements, which will be listed at the top of the Team wall for 48 hours.. You can make announcements to let your Team know about new challenges, goals, or anything else that's relevant to your Team. To  post an announcement, type your message on the team wall, check the box for ''This is a Team Announcement,'' then click ''Post Now.''

How do I select sticky topics?
You can make up to three threads in each of your Team’s forums ''sticky,'' which means they will stay at the top of the forums. For example, if you have a thread in your Introduce Yourself Team Forum for new members to say where they are from, you might want that to stay at the top so it’s the first thing they see as they look at the threads in that forum. To select your sticky threads, click on the name of the thread you want to be sticky. Below it, you'll see links that say ''Make this the 1st (2nd or 3rd) sticky topic.'' Click on any of the appropriate links to make it sticky! You can ''un-stick'' a topic too, if you choose. To do that, click on the sticky thread. At the top, next to the ''Sticky Topic'' icon, you'll see a  link that says ''Remove Sticky.'' Click there to remove any sticky topic.

How do I appoint another leader, change leadership to someone else, or remove myself as a leader?
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  • Where can I find the best image size to use for the team image? - 11/23/2014 2:42:42 PM
  • It would be great if team leaders could delete posts and/or change the name of threads! - 11/5/2014 10:42:09 PM
  • How do I spread the word about my team and raise awareness about my cause? - 8/24/2014 4:47:17 PM
  • For those that left comments about 'team leaders should be able to remove people because. . '
    Just because someone doesn't blog does not mean that they aren't getting inspiration from reading other people's entries, this is after all a site to "inspire" people to lose weight, like themselves more, exercise etc. if u don't want someone reading your stuff, don't post it on virtual media, write it down in book for yourself. - 8/24/2013 8:00:25 AM
  • Very good information... - 10/14/2012 7:32:47 PM
  • Also how do we make a team goal....defined? - 9/25/2012 12:11:32 PM
  • Since this is FAQ....I didnt see an answer to my question & hope someone can steer me in the right direction.
    I became leader of a team that had been leaderless for a year. I have worked on this team and added many items of interest. My question is how do I change the Team Digest content which shows under NEW TEAM POSTINGS the same link, announcement, etc that were there a year ago...in other words...how do I add a new link to the Team Digest and add photos here and announcements? I see the previous leaders posted the ones showing and our only show up if you click the link : See More Team Postings. Our current postings should be showing under New Team Postings NOT those that were posted almost 2 years ago . Thank you for the help or for steering me in the right direction to get it. - 9/25/2012 12:10:44 PM
  • I totally agree that a team leader should have the right to delete/remove a team member. This is especially true on "private" teams!!
    By not having that right...it can make for an uncomfortable situation for other members.

    Team Leaders of "Private" teams should also have the right to delete the team entirely. There are times when a small private team has only a few members who are also part of a larger team.....this makes posting redundant...and hence the private team with a few members no longer is used and should be deleted!! - 9/24/2012 4:31:00 PM
  • I think the team leader should be able to remove someone from the team. For example having someone on the team that is just lurking or watching what others are posting and never contributing makes the rest of the team feel unsettled. Especially on a private team. - 9/12/2012 5:00:29 PM
  • LINDA67241
    I think that any member who has not blog for at least 30 days, should be removed from the team.

    I myself think that it is of no value to see a team that says it has 500 members and half of those members haven't been on SPARKS for 90 days or more.


    Sparks should have a way to send a team member a e-mail automatically saying "you have not posted in x amount of days. Please be aware that you will be removed from a the team you have not blogged on. If you wish to re-enlist to that team, you can do so.

    This is just my thoughts.... - 8/2/2012 6:50:03 PM
  • I've been thinking about starting my own team, to help me be more accountable to my own goals as well as to help others. Thanks for the info. - 9/11/2010 5:20:20 PM
  • Interesting the idea of being a Team Leader... Hmmmmm..... dare I picture this? Leadership is always something I flirt with but never dance with. Well, time will tell. - 8/30/2010 8:17:46 AM
  • Thank you so much for this information. I was just about to write the SP Community Team regarding several of the matters brought up in this article. - 8/30/2010 7:57:41 AM
  • Tahk you for the information, i am enjoying the sparkpeople page there are some helpful ideas , goles, info., Thanks to everyone at sparkspeople. - 8/9/2010 2:15:37 AM
  • I would suggest sending current members an email explaining the situation and high lighting the benefits everyone joining the one team. Then I would close with a clear date on when the old team will no longer be accessible. - 7/23/2010 12:50:02 AM

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