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My screen name is Sylph in Progress. The other word is insignificant to me.

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We've had a few members who actually started under one screen name, and then sort of purposely leave it up and floating around for people to read, but they have shut down the mail part of it so one can't comment any more or one can't send them personal Sparkmail etc - and then their "new" (second) Spark Account is more "professional" and more restricted so far as others posting on their wall etc. The main one I can think of now, I don't recall the exact screen name, something like MOMTOFIVE or something like that (or eight kids? I don't remember), but after she lost her weight and is still involved as a medical advisor and blogger, she goes by Dr.Birdy or DrBirdie I forget exactly. She's a neurosurgeon in Florida. There was another and I used to hear from her a lot, something like ElizMD or ElizRN or some such medical degree, and she also had a second page. But it's been years since I've heard from her on either of her pages.

But yea I always thought it was Sylph in Progress. I had NO idea about Sylphin the video game character. I play some video games, but prefer the ones where I don't have to go into some alter ego. I have enough trouble keeping up with my own crazy head! so the most would be using MSDRPEPPER for login or screen names for video games like #Walkr or #Pearl'sPeril etc connected to Facebook or Twitter... that's about it!!

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So here we have your cute self. Thank you kindly.

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Well Laurie sorry for the mistake. I don't know if I was thinking of someone else. It still stands you are a princess.

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1/13/19 11:09 A

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That's because you, Gail and Naomi, know that "sylph" is a noun unto itself. Many people are unfamiliar with the word.

I'm not sure if you're being your cute self, Naomi," mentioning princess. If you're serious, no, my screen name has always been Sylph in Progress.

Same here for video games. I tried one around 1980 and felt dopey. Years later kids talked about a wildly popular game, Grand Theft Auto. It sounded crazy enough perhaps to be fun in an out of character way, but I never had an opportunity to experience it. That's my video-game history.

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1/13/19 8:34 A

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Gail I read it the same way.

Laurie - If I remember correctly before this it was princess. Which of course you are.

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emoticon ecoage is the name I created for a micro-business that actually got off the ground but eventually crash-landed. I formulated and sold balms and lotions and that type of thing through local spas, salons, health food shops. My ingredients were mostly natural and mineral or plant-based.

I never heard of the video game character named Sylphin. But I'm not a gamer. I'm guessing not many in Sparkyland are big into video games, of course, I might be very wrong.

I have always read three words: SYLPH IN PROGRESS. I particularly appreciate the idea of ongoing work or "in progress".

Edited by: ECOAGE at: 1/12/2019 (21:07)
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Gail, I am pleased to know that you retained your own family name of Ecoage.

No, never "Syl." I suspect that those who address me as "Sylphin" just don't know the word "sylph."

Yikes! Google brings up a gaggle of entries for "Sylphin." It's some sort of video game character. Maybe it's well-known enough that people think it's my SP moniker.

Maximum 15 characters? Too bad.

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Laurie, you are at your limit. Only up to 15 characters are allowed for a user name.

Maybe they think Sylphin is a variation of Sylvia? Does anyone call you Syl? I like your name.
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I'm on another team and all 5 leaders started new SP pages. My guess is they deleted their old ones because it looks like they are new members (since autumn) even though they clearly have been here in Sparkyland a long time. I find it rather disconcerting that all 5 took this action. I don't know any of them and I don't know if they changed their names when starting fresh identities.

I've been curious and poking around to see what I could find. I'm not planning on changing my name or other identifying characteristics in the near future. I didn't even change my name when I got married!


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When I have thought of changing my screen name, it's been only to insert two hyphens. SP members sometimes indicate that a board post is intended for me by startng with "Sylphin,..."

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Laurie, you are not wrong. I'm sorry your friend disappeared. And yes, she disappeared and all of her mail and the rest of her SP contributions disappeared too.

Go to the Start page, Preferences, Account. You will see the first section will let you change your email address and/or password ... as well as change your username. You can change just your username.

If you want, you can change other things through other sections on that same Account page. For example, you can change the style of your Start page here. I changed my nutrition tracker preference for determining calorie range.

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the list to find Close Your Account. This is the action that your disappeared SP friend took. It says: "This will close your SparkPeople account, including cancelling all your emails and turning your SparkPage offline. If you want to access SparkPeople in the future, you will need to create a new account."

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From what Julia wrote, I guess I'm wrong about the disappeared SP friend's SPmails and notes on pages -- they probably are still in place.

Naomi, I didn't think her screen disappearance was spooky, but I wished she'd have said goodby. We'd gotten to be close here on paper. Some others who'd had contact with her on SP as well as facebook did maintain a connection with her.

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I'll remember that next time I want to change my name

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Well that's interesting! Lots of stuff to click on the Start page that I either forgot about or didn't know existed.

HOORAY! I changed my nutrition tracker. I don't like my calorie range changing every day based on amount of exercise.

They do make it easy to change your Sparky name, as easy as changing your trophy alert notifications. And if you close your account by clicking on the big red section? "This will close your SparkPeople account, including cancelling all your emails and turning your SparkPage offline. If you want to access SparkPeople in the future, you will need to create a new account."

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I changed my name from MSDRPEPPER to this one. It was easy peasy, and all the old comments and blogs changed as well. There are still some archived SparkThreads from other teams where a person referenced me as MSDRPEPPER and that's still embedded in the message.

But... a person who wants to can go in their inbox and LABORIOUSLY delete all their messages sent and received. SparkPeople doesn't touch their mail boxes otherwise, as far as I know. At least they didn't touch mine when I changed names.

Here's a Help article on how to permanently delete one's account and I guess it does shut down email etc. If a person is waffling, they can always just make page unavailable to others, and that way when they come back to Spark, they still have everything there....if they want.
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laurie - that is spooky

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1/10/19 9:47 A

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From a look at the Start screen, it appears that it is possible to change the Spark name while leaving everything else intact. I'm sure the name would change on everything, such as posts from way back. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/start-no
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I'd wondered about that. Another thing I've wondered about even more is how every trace of some members who leave SP disappears. An SP friend chose to drop out a few years ago. Not only was her page gone, but so was every post in our mutual team, every SPmail she'd sent me, every note she'd left on my page, etc. It wasn't just me -- she was gone as though she'd never been here.

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I had to cancel my old pages and my old name like I was quitting SP and start a new one. That was the only way I could figure it out. Perhaps there is a better way but I don't know what. I am sure there is a beter way to just change your spark name

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Thank you, Naomi. I'd glad that you're here.

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Laurie, glad you are still our fearless leader.

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Out of curiosity, Gwyn, what did you do with your old pages when you started with a new name? Do the old pages look like you disappeared? I've never considered if there is a way to delete an old page ... for a fresh start or if someone decides the year's resolution isn't working out or whatever reason they have for leaving. Maybe it's too big a pain to figure out how to kill the page if you don't find the site useful. I suspect that most people don't plan on leaving but gradually fade away.

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Gwyn, I think you've used three variations on your name. You've always been honorable about it. There are a few people from other teams who changed their names to totally different things so that they could start being offensive and insulting all over again.

The increase in SP registrations around New Year is amusing. Most people who sign up to atone for holiday indulgence disappear pretty quickly. A few may stay to use the tools and bypass the social aspects.

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I have changed my "name" on Spark land for a fresh start.

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I think also life sometimes interferes - illness, stress, a new job, moving, family, having kids, any or all of those things at the same time.

And people lose motivation.

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I hereby promise that if I leave Sparkyland because I've met my weight loss goal that I will first decorate my page with balloons and joyous messages of celebration before leaving for other fun and excitement.

Just seems strange that anyone would be involved in teams for a few years, even start a new team, and then disappear. Although I think for most in Sparkyland this is a short term visit and sort of like most gym memberships this time of year.

I accept your explanation, our all-knowing and glowing leader! emoticon

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Lots of people vanish simply because the novelty has worn off or favorite SP associates have moved on. Others stay active to some degree in some of their teams, but withdraw from others because enough is enough or too little is too little. It's an interactive website, not a life's commitment. Or sentence.

The leader has spoken.

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a guess may be is that they lost the weight they wanted to lose and then stopped logging onto spark. just a guess

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I might have a picture of me at about the same age with the same haircut. Because of my image selection, my opinion might not carry a lot of weight but I really like your picture. Your eyes are the same, I can see the adult you when I look at little Julia.

Anybody else thinking it's strange so many groups are long gone? And Sparky members have disappeared leaving Sparky pages with no explanation or good-bye? Did they miss a day, and then a week, a month, years? And sadly, none of the abandoned pages were ended with a celebration of success with goals met and moving on to other things.

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YAY Laurie!!!!

I also looked for the team I was thinking of - it was a phrase in Hebrew, I think, but I don't know enough Hebrew to remember what it even meant.

Oh well, never mind!

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Thanks, Gail. I probably should update my photo but at least then I had hair, and now my hair is shorter than my husband's so it's just weird seeing photos of me in a wig or scarf...not yet allowing photos of my very short hair.

I went back through my other teams - they are not specifically "Jewish" but we do have these other teams - mostly inactive:

Lunar Sabbath & Feast High Steppers! (6 members)
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
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My sense is these are more of a Christian background merging in or maybe also considering themselves Messianic...more about Yashuah (Jesus) and not so much Yahweh ?

Shabbat Keepers (55 members)
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
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Messianic (12 members)
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
s_individual.asp?gid=65702

Israel (190 members; inactive team)
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
s_individual.asp?gid=293
Apparently just people who live in the actual country of Israel - but seems to be a mix of Jews and Messianic Christian, not real sure. Not active now. I waffle about whether to try to "rescue" it too, but it's like me "rescuing" the Oklahoma team because they went inactive for awhile... and I live in Kansas. Seems kind of ummm well I don't know, not exactly hypocritical, but on the other hand, I was born in Oklahoma and we own property in Oklahoma and have lots of kin in Oklahoma, so I'm still an Okie. What can I say? But I don't live in Israel, so I am not really in a position to help them out in Israel since I wouldn't know my way around...

There used to be, I'm fairly certain, an outright SDA or Seventh Day Adventist team, something like that, and that group was nearly all SDA. They kinda gave me the stink-eye when I joined, so I said, OK, and left the team. I don't see them now listed in the teams, so I'm guessing they've made their team private and you have to be invited. Or they got inactivated to the point that everyone dropped out and the team finally closed. I don't know. I just remember having an interaction of sorts, with them, and it's got to have been 5-8 years ago. They acted like I was "too Jewish"!? And here my local congregation meets in rental space from a building owned by local SDA congregations. Go figure... brotherly love. Ummm.

The Shabbat Keepers has a few members who were as I was, came out of a "Church of God" type deal that kept Holy Days and Sabbath and then doctrinal changes happened, and that group cut to a Protestant outlook and the rest of us bailed. Some of the ones who bailed have gone to a more Messianic Christian type format, and this group is one that I "rescued", because it was inactive, but I can't get them "active" either. I recently had a new person in there who is already complaining it's not "active" and she's going to bail, and it's like, let me know what you want?? I get in there and post when I can but usually it's a scintillating conversation with myself. Not! And she was there the day I didn't happen to check in. So I don't know why they are inactive, and several had alreadymade their pages unavailable to others before I ever joined that group.

I also didn't get much out of searching for "Hebrew" - most using it in the context of quoting scripture from the book of Hebrew.

I tried searching "Temple" and most of that is on the context of bodies being a Temple for G_d. One was for "Temple Dream Center", has one member, no leader (SparkPeople set it up for someone who suggested it as an company/corporation, organization, government, similar type of deal), and I'm not gonna go rescue that one for sure...
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
s_individual.asp?gid=70372

And so, here we are!! Happily re-leadered. Or at least not un-leadered.

Yay Laurie!!









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HOORAY! Laurie, I'm glad you aren't leaving town. And I'm very glad to have you as my leader. A leader who doesn't particularly want to create major changes is particularly refreshing these days.

It appears to me that there isn't a large group of candidates jumping in to take your almost vacated seat. I, personally, have found it much less time-consuming to make administrative decisions all by myself on my two teams. (Mark is 100% to blame for one of those teams too!) However, if you want someone else up in that leader corner with you (to distribute goodies or whatever), I think Julia's picture is really cute.

And I want to say to Julia that I appreciate your volunteering as well as your sensitivity to possible "issues" that some might have. I'd vote for a leader who is concerned and interested ... whether a DNA confirmed, card-carrying member or not. I'm glad you are here.

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I was thinking the same, Gail. My smiling face will stay in place within SP management's embrace.

If any topics come along that anyone would like to see as a sticky, I'll do that much now that we know there is room for more.

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So I just did a team search for "Jewish" and for "Jew". Both times, only this group showed up. I tried "Hebrew" and got 4 Christian teams quoting verses from Hebrews including an Anglican/Episcopal group with one member. I don't know what other term to search for so unless there is some other search category that I can't think of, it looks like this team is unique (at this moment). I vaguely remember other groups that I wasn't interested in ... don't remember why they didn't seem right for me.

I think I joined this group when I was looking for Sparky Passover ideas ... or maybe, the support of others complaining about trying to cook Sparky meals during Passover.

Added thought: Laurie, I don't understand why your smiling face on the leader section isn't enough ... as long as you continue to share your thoughts here when something catches your interest. It's not that you plan on leaving the team or Sparkyland?

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Oh, no, Gail, not because of you. Or Phebe. It's just the way it is. All I expected was to have my name as leader in view of the paternalistic element of SP mgmt. If we wish to place blame, however, I vote for Mark.

Gwyn, you did well to get the team going. I'm sure I've said this in the past: Had it not been for being banged on the head time and again by a certain, large element among SP users, I doubt that I would have sought a Jewish group on the site. My only interest at the start was my weight-loss effort.

When I hunted through the team options, I did see a couple of others, one certainly for orthodox people.

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Hi Laurie -
being a leader has never been my thing either... I just didn't like the yellow "this team is inactive" stain on so many teams, with "leaders" who had made their pages offline or result in "sorry we can't find that user"when we click on their names.

As for other Jewish teams... there is an "Israel" team, a "Sabbath Keepers" team, several others that have Hebrew names in their titles but I think they are predominantly a Messianic type focus, and a lot of those teams are inactive. Seems like there were some others that were more along the lines of SDA groups. Some have them set up as Cultural and others as Religious teams. This team is by far the most active. I myself am not specifically Jewish, by practice or by ethnicity (as far as I know, since the DNA test seems more expensive than the usual DNA packages available), so it might be perceived by some as hypocritical for me to be a leader. But perhaps it would be ok if I was a co-leader, at least as far as some of the details like removing leaders who are no longer even members on SparkPeople or sending out the occasional goodie or whatever.

I have an eye doctor appointment to leave for in a while, to see how my cataracts are doing.



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I don't know of any other Jewish teams here on Spark people. I was team leader of another team and really don't want to lead right now.

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Are we the main core group here at SparkJews, or are there a number of others involved on threads I don't see?

I vaguely remember a more observance group being started, does anyone know if they are still around?

I'm a team leader on I think 2 other teams - tried to dissolve one but it can't be cancelled until all members leave the team. So I'm not really planning to take on another one if I can help it.



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Yowza! The team leaders are not only "not active" but they are long gone. I clicked on each from the Team Leaders corner. BATSHUA hasn't done anything here in Sparkyland since 2014.

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I suppose that this team is accidentially my fault. I suggested a Jewish group years ago and someone (I htink her name was Batshiva) suggested a team. it started slowly, I left and came back some how.

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Oh no! I like the current leadership style in our little team. I certainly hope you are not stepping down because of anything I said. Personally, I'm fine with the way this group is organized. I think it works well, and I believe there is more action on this team than many other SP teams. So why fix anything that ain't broke???

I'm not looking for more structure or any changes but only wanted to let you know, in response to your initiating this topic, that SP would allow for additional forums and sticky opportunities. I wasn't sure if I was accurately guessing about your understanding of sticky limitations. And I now see that I was correct and you thought we were more limited; therefore, requiring the unsticking of stickies.

I have to agree and I will admit that I have felt rather silly volunteering for SparkPeople. And I have asked myself "what am I doing???" Except that I get out at least as much as I give.
I'm glad SP exists ... at the price Mark has often joked about.

And honestly, I don't put very much time into anything leader-ish on the two groups where I am the designated leader. It takes a little extra time at the start and end of every month because I like to give a "participation goodie" but, otherwise, not much is required beyond what any other team member does.

I'm a member of another group that had inactive leaders until last September. This fact had escaped my notice. I would drop by every once in awhile if a new topic grabbed my attention. There are now 5 new leaders and they are all relatively new to SP. I can easily ignore the addition of the little games that are intended to encourage dropping in. But I couldn't ignore the changes of Friday night when one leader decided to change the group name and overall focus as well as the emphasis of the individual forums and threads: a change from vegetarians & vegans to omnivores! Another member contacted Coach Jen who became a team member and put most things back where they used to be ... in the time it took to eat my dinner. Which is to say, one active leader is important to any team.

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Julia, I agree that having more than one active leader in an active team may be good, but my point is that being a team leader for Spark has never been my thing in any way, shape or form. Years ago, when I was quite active in another, mammoth team, the leaders, about 5 of them, invited me to join them. Not looking for ways to increase my online time and not seeing SP as valid volunteer work for me, I promptly declined.

This group really doesn't need a "leader." I signed on when Mark announced that his wife was leaving (the team, not him) and that SP requires a "leader" who posts frequently. Who knows. I have no clue about that, but now that some of us have requested changes, ha!

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well, I have teh same question -- do we really need a "leader" for our general discussions??

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Hi Laurie -

What seems to help me in other teams is having co-leaders around. That way someone is around that can do leaderly types of things (like I'm supposed to hurry and send a new spark goodie to new members of the teams.). I feel for you and I know I need to be working on improving myself outside SparkPeople (like re-develop my art skills etc)..

I keep getting nominated or just picking up the slack because too many interesting teams go leaderless from inactivity. In some cases, the leaders just seemingly disappear with no explanation, no official act of resignation, nothing.

Anyone(s) nominating themselves for co-leader will automagically be included in the Super Duper Secret Team for Spark Leaders, where they can ask questions there on what to do as a leader or co-leader (not that I show up in that team much either.). Sooooo yea. It's after midnight here so I'm heading off to bed...

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Do we really need a leader?

And yes, it's nice having the current year's tzedakkah thread become the new sticky for that topic. Thank you.

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Thank you for the sticky info, Gail. I thought that only three in total are possible, not three per forum. The “come one, come all, introduce yourself” thread has been restored to stickihood, first position, but I suspect that I lost another that was ahead of it, begun long, long ago. Ah, well, it may well have been laying fallow for years. I also designated the “red banner” that you mentioned; it probably would stay in place on its own, considering on how unused the challenge forum is. Whether it was at Phebe’s request the first time a new year came around or my own observation, I’ve designated each subsequent year’s tzedakkah thread since.

As to suggestions beyond my opening question, I’m not the one. I wouldn’t look into the how-tos as my last and probably first “leader” act until I don’t know when, but can make a good guess. I’ve been increasing my painting and writing time, solo and in classes and workshops, and will continue in that vein.

That said, dear teammates, consider this my resignation as “leader.” It would be unfair for me to keep the title, given the emerging interest all these years later in giving more structure to the team boards. It was only loosely, by my design and declaration, if anyone recalls, that I took on the mantle when Mark sounded an alarm (I didn’t check then and still don’t know its validity) and no one responded. SP is a worthwhile website, but not my idea of volunteer work.

Anyone want to step in? Let us know here or send me an SPmail in the next day or two. During the week I’ll have myself removed and see that you, one or more, are listed. Or contact one of the coaches, probably Coach Jen, now or any time later. At worst, others who were designated years ago are still listed.


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Every once in awhile, I check out a group. First thing I do is look at the dates on the threads to see if the place is active ... or not. If it is one of the mega-groups then LOTS of threads are active. Smaller and less active groups often see activity limited to a sticky thread or, maybe, a couple of them.

As Julia said the daily chitchat thread is usually THE place for ongoing conversations. Frequently, it seems like an insider's group for the glass-half-empty way to look at it, or the go to place for a Sparky glass-half-full perspective.

My earlier "book" was mostly to say that Sparky rules are more generous with sticky topics than a miserly ration of three per team page.

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Some of the teams I liked early on had a "Daily Chat/Check In" type of thing so I took that idea for all of the teams I've ended up being sort of leaderish in and it's something like "Daily Chat/Check-in/Kaffeeklatch" and made it a sticky - so people wander in and introduce themselves or not, or just blurt out whatever it is they want to say or ask etc.

And sorry to say, but I don't even check on regularly on my *own* teams, let alone here. I had to laugh about @BOSS61 's suggestions - kibitzing, politics etc. because that is about the way it shakes down!

The nice thing about the stickies is if it's not really working, then you can unstick it and let that topic sink farther down and find a new scintillating topic to make into a sticky.

Good job!!

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This is like the plane that crash-lands on the island, where the survivors find there is one Jewish person there but two stnagogues. Why? The one he attends and the one he does not.

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"Sticky topics" are like a post-it note sticky because it stays at the top of the discussion list. It shows as a sticky topic when the discussion thread is highlighted with the blue whatever that thing is supposed to be.

You can designate up to three topics as a sticky topic within each forum. With only three forums on this team, you can add a few more forums and each forum can have up to three sticky topics. You can't edit or delete the Introduce Yourself to Team Forum. The General Discussion and Introduce Yourself forums "cannot be changed, deleted, or edited". You can change the name of any other Forum. You can have up to 3 sticky topics in each forum. The team leader can create a new forum or change the name of a current forum by clicking on the orange box "Forum Admin" (above Team Goals section).

So if you want to wave your leader magic wand, you can create a brand new forum and call it "Newsy Kibbitzing", and within that forum create a sticky "American Political Kibbitzing" and another one called "Jewish and/or Israeli Kibbitzing".

I would keep the old Intro thread to welcome new members who are actually organized enough to use it.

The General Team Discussion Forum includes the Tzedakkah 2019 thread where it is currently only one of two sticky topics with a potential for a third sticky when/if it is needed.

And I am one of those very few who participate in the Red Banner thread and the Wheel thread. Why? It's a pleasant way to say a simple "hi" to the other regulars. It's fun to play with emoticons. And it reminds me to check on the other threads to see what's an active thread ... and catch-up on world news or interesting "who-knew?" tidbits. The Red Banner thread and the Wheel thread have no competition for sticky designation within the Team Challenge Forum. But I am requesting that both of these threads be designated as sticky as a way to get the attention of new members (and current members who have not yet opted to participate in the fun of emoticon art).
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If you look at our team page, there are sort of categories for the posts. One of those categories is "introduce yourself" so it certainly seems redundant to have that as a sticky.

Can we change the category headings? Have one labelled "Jewish stuff" and another labelled "political stuff"? Probably could use another labelled "random stuff" - we do a lot of that too.

But each post should have its own title, regardless of category.

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why is introduce yourself a sticky topic? nothing sticky ab out it. Hi my name is.,.... is not sticky at all.

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I'm Sergeant Schultz.

I have no desire to be Colonel Klink (again).

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I already eliminated the sticky status of that collective "introduce yourself." A year and a half of nothing says it all. Here and in other teams I'm in or have been in also saw that the running thread got little traffic. Most newcomers who do intros at all begin their own topics for the purpose.

Is there a purpose to one running thread each for Political and Jewish subject? If someone wants to hunt back for older, lapsed topics, I think it's easier to scroll down the list than to scroll a million political or Jewish themes rolled into one. If it's going to become a "thing" at this late date, fine with me. Mark, take it away. Remember, I vowed never to do anything leaderish and today I broke my vow for the second time.

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I like Mark's suggestions for sticky topics, but I honestly don't know how we get by with it because I thought SP discouraged political comments. Maybe because religion is itself a "sticky" topic in a different way! I say abolish the Introduce Yourself sticky because in other groups I belong to, it is only used sometimes. It is always nice and encourages new members who do post, but honestly responses are often few and people should just jump in with both feet to decide if they like a thread or even a group. I am the admin for Crazy About Cats and the group has more active members than ours, so I have decided not to eliminate it quite yet, it does get used about once or twice a month. But here, I agree not needed.

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Nu, I missed that (or forgot it) entirely. We lost wayward souls? Card-carrying members of the Tribe?

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i also only follow threads I get email notification of. I don't always comment but I always read them.

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I have no opinion, since I only follow threads that I get notified through email. I rarely go to the boards directly, so I don't notice the stickys (stickies?)

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I like that!

Then we won't face the disappointment of certain someones who wandered in, and disliked us immediately. That was quite interesting, both times.

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Good morning Sisters and Happy New Year.

To me, SJ has long been the locale for often-politcal and otherwise newsy kibbitzing. None of the sticky topics ever held much relevance to me. But who am I, other than the guy who loves both of you and a handful of others like sisters?

If I could wave a magic wand, stickies might be these:

1. Political kibbitzing.
2. Jewish and Israeli news and issues.
3. Welcome new members. (New Year's Resolution folks may find their way to us).

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What I have noticed, is that new members post on the wall first not knowing where to go. Usually Mark, or Sunny or I jump in and tell them to join the threads where we hang out primarily. We're the unofficial welcome wagon.

That's my two pennies.

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I'm really soliciting comments only from the very few who participate in the sticky topics -- tzedakkah and Spark points. Let me know what you prefer in the next day or two. After that, let it go.

Spark allows only three "sticky" topics. In order to make the 2019 Tzedakkah one of them, I had to unstick the 2018 edition plus another. As no new member has introduced him/herself in the main "introduce yourself" topic since June, 2017, I unstuck it. New members since then either have started separate intro topics or just jumped in to ongoing conversations, both of which make great, good sense to me.

Do you think that "introduce yourself" should remain sticky? If so, tell me which of tzedakkah and Spark points to unstick.

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