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"Classic" Start page to be phased out March 31 - provide suggestions for new Start here

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hi everyone

To keep the site running more efficiently, we plan to phase out the "Classic" or old version of our Start page on March 31.

As part of this, on February 23 we automatically moved members on the Classic Start page to our new Start page. The reason was that we found that many members did not know about the new Start page, and many many older members have really liked making the switch. However, up until March 31 you can use a link on your Start page to change back to the Classic page page until March 31.

We are setting the date out a few weeks so that we have time to make any adjustments to the new Start page, based on member feedback. So if you have any feedback on the new Start page, please leave it in the comments below. We have already made a few tweaks to the new Start page, such as having a link to Favorites.

As always, thanks for your support and feedback!


Dave H.
SparkPeople.com
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  • PHANTASTICA
    Is there a way to configure the new page so that message board recent posts is on the main page instead of only after a few clicks?
    3728 days ago
  • ZENMIND7
    I'm pretty happy with the recent changes. Thanks! One thing I don't like as much is that Team huddles are harder to get to -- require more clicks.
    3728 days ago
  • SWEATONCEADAY
    i am not a huge fan of the new spark page. i liked that we had some control over the placement of things in the old page. i also don't like having to click to see my recent posts.
    3728 days ago
  • AHICKEY1
    How will I find my Spark Favorites? I tried to pop on a Coach Nicole Video and it took me 5 minutes to get there. emoticon
    3728 days ago
  • AHICKEY1
    How will I find my Spark Favorites? I tried to pop on a Coach Nicole Video and it took me 5 minutes to get there. emoticon
    3728 days ago
  • -CORAL-
    I don't like the new layout. I can't see my spark favorites or most recent message board posts unless I click a link. I just like the old layout a lot better.
    3729 days ago
  • PATTYCAKE17
    I don't know how to find my daily goals. Would be nice if you offered some instructions. I also want to see my saved items.
    3729 days ago
  • ERIC_ANDREW
    EDITED - I couldn't find how to change my goals but now I see it. :-)

    New start page looks great!
    3729 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2011 12:15:16 PM
  • no profile photo CD8272490
    I like the new page too. I've been in busy season with my tax companies the past few weeks, so I haven't been around since December much, but now that I have more time (it's retail tax, not cpa...) I'm back and I really like it.

    You guys are great -- I feel so much better just by starting today. Thanks as always, for the wonderful encouragement and positive reinforcement.
    3729 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8272490
    I like the new page too. I've been in busy season with my tax companies the past few weeks, so I haven't been around since December much, but now that I have more time (it's retail tax, not cpa...) I'm back and I really like it.

    You guys are great -- I feel so much better just by starting today. Thanks as always, for the wonderful encouragement and positive reinforcement.
    3729 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8272490
    I like the new page too. I've been in busy season with my tax companies the past few weeks, so I haven't been around since December much, but now that I have more time (it's retail tax, not cpa...) I'm back and I really like it.

    You guys are great -- I feel so much better just by starting today. Thanks as always, for the wonderful encouragement and positive reinforcement.
    3729 days ago
  • no profile photo PAMEPIE
    Why was it necessary to change the Classic look? I would like to leave positive feedback, but maybe it will just take time to get use to it, but so far I don't like looking at the new one. If I can't figure it all out soon, I may be gone. Sorry, but you asked for feedback
    3729 days ago
  • no profile photo HAPPYEVERYDAY
    I just wish the "weigh in" section would be alot better - like how it is on the "Extrapounds" weight loss website. I want to be able to easily see how much I lose everyday. This is something i really hope can be there on SP.

    Anyway, the change is good. emoticon
    3729 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3008106
    I really like the new layout. I love that the sparkwheel isn't in a pop up window anymore that dorve me crazy!! I also like that I can go directly to my start page with one click from the home page. It looks like I am in the minority here but I love it!!
    3730 days ago
  • PURPLESPEDCOW
    would like to see my saved articles on the start page.
    3730 days ago
  • BECKYLYNNE77
    i have already am on the new page emoticon
    3730 days ago
  • SLUGGER17
    Works well for me!
    3730 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5917507
    I love the new page! It looks more organized and less cluttered. The only thing that I can think of that would be nice is to have a link to the "My SparkSummary Calendar". I'm sure there's a way to access it through the new page, I just haven't found it yet. Also, the ability to customize would be great too, but if it's not an option, that's not a big deal. Thank you so much to all who provide this site to us! It has been such a blessing! God Bless!!!
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    3730 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2011 9:05:15 AM
  • JANETL1
    I'd like to be able to customize the goals/progress section. I use the quick track to track fitness minutes, and these do not show up as "calories burned," so that is a feature I don't even use. I'd much rather be able to see my total fitness minutes on that display. And I'd like to have the quick track tracker appear above the goals section.

    I'd also like to be able to reorder my "other goals" so that whenever I add a new one, I can display it grouped with similar goals. I'd also like to be able to move the "other goals" I am tracking in streaks to the top of my list.
    3730 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2011 8:44:10 AM
  • JANETL1
    I'd like to be able to customize the goals display on the left of the new page. I use the quick track to track fitness minutes, and these do not show up as "calories burned," so that is an unused feature for me. I'd much rather be able to see my total fitness minutes for the week on that display. And I'd like to have the quick track tracker appear above the goals section.

    I'd also like to be able to reorder my "other goals" so that whenever I add a new one, I can display it grouped with similar goals. I'd also like to be able to move the "other goals" I am tracking in streaks to the top of my list.
    3730 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2011 8:41:36 AM
  • PROJECTLORNA
    I like the new page. Although when I tried it for the first time I went back to the old. On the old I did not like the pop up Sparkwheel although I know you could choose not to have it that way. It just takes some time to get used to it as all changes for the better do.
    3730 days ago
  • WESTCHICK
    I am in NZ and you switched me over to the new set up just days ago....
    I was thinking huh why is this page taking me to my stats and I thought i had done something wrong when I clicked on my saved page that I have it set at.

    I do not like it all.. I don't need to go to my stats at all.

    I couldn't find my recent posts that I have posted on on certain threads that I am on.
    That was always set up on the right hand side of the page.
    Trying to find it now is so difficult now to find.

    I have now had to save the page where is has all my posts. even from way back in threads that are no longer posted it..

    Please keep this section on the home page as that is what I go to all the time:
    'My Message Board Activity'

    ALSO when I go into a thread that I post in.. it always went to my last post that I had posted so that I could then scroll up what others have written...
    NOW it just starts at the top of the thread and I have to scroll all the way back down to mt last post - so bring back the old way. thanks.


    I always say, why change something that ain't broke!!!


    Please keep this section on the home page as that is what I go to all the time:
    'My Message Board Activity'


    OH yeah I have now gone back to CLASSIC look of Spark as have others.
    3731 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/26/2011 4:48:55 PM
  • TDUBFUN
    I like the new layout! I actually like not having the pop up spinning wheel. Maybe sounds silly but when I have to make a conscience decision and 'choose' to scroll down a short way to see and spin the wheel and press click, I feel like I am making a good choice. If I can choose to do that little step instead of having it a must do, then I feel I can continue to choose to make other good choices for the day regarding my food and activities.

    Customizing would be nice but I do like this layout better emoticon
    3731 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7295589
    I llove the new layout, I wish the wheel was back on the front page and maybe the food tracker so I don't have to click nutrition to get there.
    3731 days ago
  • ANINHA12
    Oh! I just figured it out. I think the old one is better. But some new features are also good, I guess.
    3731 days ago
  • ANINHA12
    I don´t know which one I am using! But it´s great! :S
    3731 days ago
  • NIKALE
    Hello
    I loaded the new page and have gone back to classic 3 xs since beginnning of Feb. There is no doubt in my mind that it is your new home page that is slowing, not only the load time of every SP feature and link, but my entire computer. Please don't dump the classic page on March 31 'til you get this sorted, or unfortunately, after a lovely relationship with y'all, I'm gonna have to dump SP totally - it's stuffing up my whole system.
    Sorry
    3731 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6842331
    I can't update my status from the new start page - I click on the link under the wheel and nothing happens - I have to go to my spark points page and do it from there -
    3731 days ago
  • GOODHEALTH4EVER
    THANKS FOR ASKING FOR FEEDBACK:) I LIKE THE OLD PAGE, BUT SINCE IT'S CHANGING, I'D LIKE TO HAVE THE WHEEL AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE ALONG WITH THE FRIEND FEED. ALSO IF IT'S NOT A BIG HASSLE, IT WOULD BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO CUSTOMIZE THE PAGE.

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    3731 days ago
  • JANETL1
    I'd like to be able to customize the layout, especially in the left-hand column.
    3732 days ago
  • JANETL1
    I'd like to be able to customize the layout, especially in the left-hand column.
    3732 days ago
  • JANETL1
    I'd like to be able to customize the layout, especially in the left-hand column.
    3732 days ago
  • JAVAQUEEN74
    I would also like to see the points wheel on top. It's the first thing I do when I log in, so I like it to be the first thing I see when I login.

    My spark points was never a pop-up...didn't even know that was an option?? Wha? lol.

    I rather like the new look, with everything being right there. I dunno, I might also like to see the friend feed up top, too. But that's just me, seeing what my friends are up to helps inspire me!
    3732 days ago
  • PURPLESPEDCOW
    I would like to see the summary calendar on the new start page. This is something i use a lot. Never mind found it!
    3732 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2011 11:31:46 AM
  • ZIPLOCK
    I can't seem to locate my Monthly Summary Calendar in the new format...
    3732 days ago
  • CANINE_MAMA
    To find the Insider information on the new start page make sure the SP Insider tab is the one that is active. You can click on it to bring it up even when with the scrolling. Once it is displayed click on the link to display the Insider. You may have to be quick in that the tabs are scrolled through so they will continue to change.

    I don't like the scrolling of the tabs. I think it is distracting and annoying when I am trying to read something and it automatically changes to a new tab. We should be able to turn it on or off.
    3732 days ago
  • JEREMY723
    My big complaint is that my recent message board posts are several clicks away. On the classic page the top view were right there.
    3732 days ago
  • LORETTA24
    emoticon I am confused! Every time I click on read insider I come to the new start page. The page set up looks pretty good. The big confusion comes with what happened to the read insider? I haven't figured out how to get my points for it. Can you help me out here? Please! Thank you for all that you do. emoticon Keep smiling sunshine. emoticon
    3732 days ago
  • TEXASFILLY
    Hey Dave, Thanks for the new 'n improved! Love the look! Love the accessibility to everything on one page. Make the pop-up spin optional as sometimes I just need to pop-in to track, record, or look up a food item. I usually spend part of the evening logging and earning SPoints as a way to unwind and review the day. Keep up the emoticon job! Y'all are emoticon , and thanks a million! emoticon emoticon
    3732 days ago
  • TIPPTURNER
    keep the pop-up points wheel or move the wheel so that its one of the first items you see on the start page.
    3733 days ago
  • ANNEGIRL1919
    i am really worried that i'm not going to be able to get the reports on my nutrition area that i've got in the past. i go back and run reports of my calories from months/years ago all the time and see where my weight was, etc. i am not seeing an application to do this in the new one. i, like the person above, probably won't be using spark much if i can't access these reports.
    3733 days ago
  • ANNEGIRL1919
    i am really worried that i'm not going to be able to get the reports on my nutrition area that i've got in the past. i go back and run reports of my calories from months/years ago all the time and see where my weight was, etc. i am not seeing an application to do this in the new one. i, like the person above, probably won't be using spark much if i can't access these reports.
    3733 days ago
  • LOOTJE
    I liked the new start page at first but the Calendar button was missing so that's the only thing that makes want to stick with old start page. Can you tweak that?
    3733 days ago
  • LAURAKOHORST
    I can't find the INSIDER on my new start page. Where did it go? emoticon
    3733 days ago
  • MISSROCKABILLY
    I switched over to the new page when it was first introduced, thinking that if I didn't like it, I could always switch back. It took me a few days to get used to, but after that, I had no problems navigating the site, and now I like it.

    I do wish that spark would bring back the IM feature, I really miss that!

    Otherwise, keep up the great work! Thanks so much for everything you do for us!
    3733 days ago
  • LAFEMMEDELALUNE
    I would really appreciate it if the automatic scrolling of "Today's Features" was optional/able to be toggled.
    It is difficult for me to focus on the page as a whole when there is something "blinking" at me from the middle of the page. :o)
    I think this would also help folks with ADD.

    Thanks so much! emoticon
    3733 days ago
  • MAGIK0731
    I will admit, I am one of those who didn't know about the upcoming change. So far, I have no qualms with the new page. Afterall, if I don't like it, I can always revert back to the "classic" page.

    Thanks for keeping things new and exciting!
    3733 days ago
  • KATTY1975
    I really like the new start page. I like having everything right there in front of me when the page pops up so at a glance I can check on how I am doing for the day/week.
    3733 days ago
  • KAY-SUPREME
    I love the new start page! It's much more contemporary than the older one, and what's great is you can see the progress in the site, as well as the coders who are working on it. When you have a team that knows what it wants (Spark) and a team of coders who are more comfortable with what they need to do, you end up with a well rounded site.

    I'd like to see a Chat feature if anything -- There used to be one, but it was sketchy/dodgy, so I'd like to see that brought back. Other than that, I dig it! Oh! Perhaps a bubble button for "My SparkPage" like you have for "My Fitness" and "My Nutrition" -- The SparkPages are a huge part of this site and I think it should have more attention.

    ROCK ON!
    3733 days ago
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