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To help you get the most from your experience here, I have reproduced an SP article below. The original article can be found at

Tips for Using Your SparkTeam Page
-- By SparkPeople

If you've joined a SparkTeam and want to become an active member of the Team, but aren't sure where to begin, then this guide is for you! We'll explain the SparkTeam basics so you can get the most out of your SparkTeam experience.

***Finding and Accessing Your SparkTeams***

You can access your SparkTeams in two easy ways. Both options will only work when you are logged in to

--Option 1: From your Start page at
. Under the green "My Community" column on the right side of the page, you'll see up to three of the SparkTeams you belong to (in alphabetical order), along with a link to "See More SparkTeams," which will take you to your main SparkTeams page at
--Option 2: From the Community tab. You can scroll over the Community tab at the top of any page on SparkPeople. From the dropdown menu, click on "SparkTeams" to get to your main SparkTeams page at

At the top of your main SparkTeams page, you'll see a list of all the SparkTeams that you belong to. Next to each Team are three checkboxes that you can check or uncheck at any time based on your preferences.

--Check off "New Member Notification" if you want to be emailed each time a new person joins your Team (otherwise, leave it unchecked).
--Check off "New Topic Notification" if you want to be emailed each time a new thread (message board topic) is started in your Team (otherwise, leave it unchecked).
--Check off "Show On Team Map" if you want your location (based on zip code) to show up on your Team's map (otherwise, leave it unchecked).
Click on the name of a Team to go to that Team's page.

_______________Using Your SparkTeam Page_______________

***SparkTeam Stats***

At the top of your Team page, you'll see your Team name, description, statistics and leader(s). The first thing you'll see at the top of the page is the name and description of your Team. Next to that are four red buttons you can use:

--Click "Leave This Team" if you decide to leave that Team for any reason.
--Click "Invite Others To This Team" if you'd like to invite others to join your Team.
--Click "See Team Leaderboards" to see the SparkPoints totals for each Team member.
--Click "See Category Leaders" to see how your Team's total points rank compared to other Teams in its respective category.

***SparkTeam Huddle***

Below, you'll find your Team's Huddle. Comments made by other Team members will scroll across the page. To learn more about Huddling and how to do it, click on the "What Is a Huddle?" link. Click "View Huddle Wall/Huddle Now" to see all comments and post your own.

***SparkTeam Forums***

Beneath the Huddle, you'll find your Team Forums (message boards), which take up the largest amount of space on your Team page. Here are a few terms you'll see used in your Team forums on a regular basis:

--Forum: A collection of related topics. For example, the "Introduce Yourself" Forum contains threads where new members introduce themselves to the Team.
--Thread: One topic of discussion in a forum. For example, "Hello, I'm Amy!" might be a new thread in the Introduce Yourself Forum.
--Post: A response to a thread. For example, I might make a post to respond to Amy by saying, "Hello, Amy! Welcome to the Team!"

Depending on how your Team is organized, your Team may have two, three or four forums. By default, every SparkTeam has two forums: General Team Discussion Forum (typically used for a variety of topics) and Introduce Yourself to Team Forum (where new members to the Team post their introductions). Team leaders have the ability to add up to two more forums of their choice. For best organization, post your comments or questions in the Forum whose topic is most closely related to the topic of your post.

Next to name of each forum is a number, such as 5/20. In this instance, 5/20 means you're seeing the 5 most recent threads on your Team's main page, but there are a total of 20 threads in that particular forum. So don't forget that what you're seeing on the main Team page is not everything! For each of the other sections, you'll see the 3 most recent threads, and need to click on the forum title to see the rest of the discussions.

The topics you see below each Forum title are threads. Threads with the most recent activity (posts) will appear on the top, while older threads will appear below. Some Teams also have "sticky topics" within their forums. Team Leaders have the ability to make up to three topics in each forum "sticky," which simply means that the Leader thinks that thread is important and wants everyone on the Team to see it. Sticky topics will always remain at the very top of the Forum, with a red "Sticky Topic" icon next to them. When you join a new Team, it's important to check out these sticky topics before you start posting. Many times they will give you information about how the Team runs, suggestions of where to post, the purpose of each forum, etc.

Before you start a new thread in your Team, first check out the current topics and threads—the question you want to ask might have already been covered elsewhere.

***If you want to respond in a thread, click on the thread title. At the top of the next page, click on the "Reply" button to compose a response.
***If you want to start a new thread, click on the forum title (such as General Team Discussion) that best fits the topic of your post. At the top of the next page, click the "Create a New Topic" button to compose your message.

***SparkTeam Blogs & Recipes***

Below your Team's forums, you'll find a section that highlights the recent Blog and Recipes that Team members have shared—a great way to keep up with members of your Team. Simply click on the title of the Blog or Recipe that interests you to view it.

***SparkTeam Links***

To the right of your Team's Blog and Recipes are two sections of links. Above is a section called "Leader Selected Favorites," which includes SparkPeople information (like recipes, articles and more) that your Team leader feels are relevant to your Team. (Simply click on a title to view the content.)

Below the Leader-selected favorites is "SparkPeople Related Content." This is content (like recipes, articles and news) that SparkPeople staff has chosen, based on your Team category. (Simply click on a title to view the content.)

***SparkTeam Map***

Below the Team links is a red button that says "View Team Map." By clicking here, you can see where other Team members are from (based on zip code). This is optional, so not every member will show up on the map.

***Newest SparkTeam Members***

At the very bottom of your Team's page is a section called "Newest Team Members." Here, you'll be able to see the 12 most recent people to join your SparkTeam, along with links to each of their SparkPages (if they have one). You can click on the red "View All Members" for a complete list of all Team members (and links to their SparkPages) too.

We hope this helps explain how SparkTeams work and how you can use them to help you reach your goals! If you have questions about your Team or aren’t sure where to post, contact your Team leader. They are always there to help!

Edited by: DANNYFLA at: 1/27/2009 (12:14)

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