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Testing new Toolbar at the bottom of the site

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hi everyone

We are testing a new "Toolbar" at the bottom of most pages of the site. We hope this will save you some clicks to our most used links. From the Toolbar you can access:
- "Featured Today," showing featured articles, blog posts, and recipes
- "My SparkFavorites," showing your top favorites from the site
- "Quick Links," linking both to our most popular features and your SparkTeams

We realize everyone might not like this feature, so we included a "Hide Toolbar" button as well. Clicking this immediately removes the Toolbar. To add it back you can go to your Account Preferences/Community page.

Finally, we are testing this Toolbar to see what members think. If you have any comments or problems with the toolbar please leave a comment here. Thanks!
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  • RAYLINSTEPHENS
    No, no, no - please, no more toolbars being added when I didn't ask for them.

    Hiding them doesn't mean stopping them - If you would have a way for me to uninstall it, then I would be willing to give it another try. But not the way it is.

    Even if it ran on the top navigation toolbar - but these "bottom dwellers" are just annoying.

    Too many programs are adding toolbars these days and I am just tired of them.
    3636 days ago
  • SARAHMAC1978
    Allow us to customize it and keep the ads small, and it'll be a great little feature.
    3636 days ago
  • MRRERE
    Looks like you can also temporarily collapse the ad bar without having to click the HIDE button too... just look for the arrows on the far right of the bar. It looks like that setting will carry through to multiple pages while you're surfing on SparkPeople.
    3636 days ago
  • ACITODG
    Hi BUELLRIDER,

    You can turn the toolbar off by clicking the "Hide Toolbar" button.
    3636 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8030385
    I don't like it. It keeps making clicking noises. There is that much space for all that. Please turn it OFF!
    3636 days ago
  • GRAMMAOFFIVE
    I really like it. Especially the Quick Links. I can get to where I want to go with one click rather then 2 or 3. The "What's This" I had to highlight because you wrote that in white lettering on off white background and it could not be read in any other way.

    This should not be concidered spam as some think. Spam is something you get in your email. This is a function of the site that could really benefit people who are utilize more then one or two features or teams. As far as the ad, this is another way for the site to earn some money to keep it free for use for us. If a person doesn't want to see the ad, they just have to avoid rolling their cursor over it and it will not pop up on your screen.

    Keep up the great work.
    3636 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/1/2011 2:29:19 PM
  • --KREN
    I DO NOT LIKE IT. I have enough spam and unsolicited junk in my life. Please don't add more.
    3636 days ago
  • DIDMIS
    I love it. Thanks
    3636 days ago
  • ACITODG
    Hi, if you want the toolbar BACK, you can go here:

    http://www.sparkpeople
    .com/myspark/preference_meebo.a
    sp?bMeeboOn=TRUE

    Thanks!


    PS . I just noticed you figured it out already.
    3636 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/1/2011 2:09:15 PM
  • NEWMOMOVER40
    Personally, I don't like it. Not because of the toolbar itself - it's a fine idea, and would be even better if we could customize it with our own "quick links" - but because of the advertising image that sticks up above it. If you just confined the ad image to the bar's real estate, that would be fine. I just don't like having that hat/hairstyle/lipstick/whatever ad popping up constantly. Make it smaller, confine it to the toolbar, or make it go away, and I'll happily use the bar. For now, I'm going to hide it and hope it doesn't come back of its own accord.
    3636 days ago
  • SUNRIZING
    ok i figured it out just had to go to my account and community and make sure the box was checked beside show toolbar, lol. i love it i think you guys should add back the chat too. i was here before when you had it and LOVED it. was very sad to see it go. it made this site even better [if thats possible-lol] this is my favorite website!
    3636 days ago
  • no profile photo ANEWCHANGE4ME
    Love it! Makes it so much easier and faster to move about the site! Great work as always!
    3636 days ago
  • SUNRIZING
    I accidently removed my toolbar but i want it back! lol. help! how do i get it back????
    3636 days ago
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