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SPARK_MERLE's Photo SPARK_MERLE Posts: 12,025
7/25/21 10:51 P

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7/25/21 10:32 P

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I just stopped by to thank you for being my friend over the years. I will miss you and everything about SparkPeople. emoticon



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6/29/21 10:16 A

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Thank you, @LIVINHEALTHY9 ! I appreciate you.

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6/28/21 9:59 P

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Thanks for your responses, @SPARK_MERLE
I know members are upset and frustrated with the site shutting down, me included. Unfortunately, you and the other coaches are getting the brunt of it.
I hope you won't let it get you down. You are just trying to help everyone who might have questions.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know it's appreciated.



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SPARK_MERLE's Photo SPARK_MERLE Posts: 12,025
6/14/21 2:27 P

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@BLUEDIADEM - I am sorry for the negative feelings and aspects of this change. I will truly miss our international community too.

Please know that this is absolutely not just a name change as you mention. SparkAmerica is built on an entirely new platform, very different from SparkPeople. Still I understand why our SparkPeople members might find the transition painful.

To clarify about the one-time Premium payment that was a promotional offer about 4 years ago: That one-time payment was for the lifetime of the Premium offering; we never called it a lifetime membership for the individual's life. I do apologize for any misunderstanding about that though. And although the new platform is different, there is no charge for anyone and it is ad-free for all.

If you get 404 errors, or any other type errors on the new site, please report them so we can take a look and get them fixed. You can let me know about any such errors or write to support@spark360.com.

I will share all your feedback with the team here.

~ Merle

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6/14/21 2:07 P

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I suppose changing the company name is one way to get out of honoring the lifetime Premium memberships as the business model changes. Business is business and capitalism is capitalism but it sucks. What a massive loss of international community. For almost 15 years SparkPeople has been a reliable friend when I've needed it, with settings, recipes, and a program that works for me.

Yeah, SparkAmerica makes a lot of promises but that's the thing. It's a LOT of promises... and a lot of broken 404 links and very little concrete information 60 days out from launch. I'm switching to a new food tracker TODAY so I get in new habits with something reliable. Y'all really bungled this transition.



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SPARK_MERLE's Photo SPARK_MERLE Posts: 12,025
6/10/21 7:31 P

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In case anyone missed SparkGuy's blog, here it is:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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~ Merle

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6/8/21 3:14 P

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It 's very bad news, yes, especially for those of us not in the US, but I don't think people should attack SparkGuy: he's kept the site going for years and has not deliberately upset members. Thank you for what you have done.

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6/7/21 9:33 A

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Coach Denise: Thank you.

Christie

I can do this. I will do this. Becoming the Christie I want to be.

Focusing on fitness minutes and not the scale! Just me and my fitbit/smartwatch. I bought a new fitbit!

#Wishing Sandy a speedy recovery. You are in our thoughts and prayers. White Rabbits: Please send Sandy messages and goodies to let her know we miss her.



SP_COACH_DENISE's Photo SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 43,630
6/6/21 8:00 P

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The information in the article about SparkPeople closing is correct. We planned on making that announcement tomorrow, but somehow somebody located the article before the official announcement, and we are sorry that you had to find out this way. We will officially be making that announcement tomorrow as planned and we truly do care about all of our members and will be happy to answer your questions once we are back in the office tomorrow.

Thank you for your patience through this transition!

Coach Denise

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6/6/21 7:07 P

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I agree that MOST of us are in disbelief and can't believe it to be true.

I thought Chris Downey aka "Spark Guy" was a "stand-up guy" - just like one of us. Guess not - just another greedy website owner in it "just for the money".
Let's be honest and fair - IF IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY WHY CHANGE SOMETHING THAT IS SUCCESSFUL AND WORKS?! The old adage always applies - If it ain't broke don't fix it!

Read between the lines fellow Sparkers! Lots of smoke and mirrors here to "entice" you to sign up for Spark America. Just remember, when you sign up you agree to be will be "selling yourself and everything about you FREELY away, and not have control over where it goes! Say good-bye to Spark Friends that live in countries other than the United States - plus those that will not join exactly for this reason!

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6/6/21 4:44 P

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I agree...I feel sick.

Christie

I can do this. I will do this. Becoming the Christie I want to be.

Focusing on fitness minutes and not the scale! Just me and my fitbit/smartwatch. I bought a new fitbit!

#Wishing Sandy a speedy recovery. You are in our thoughts and prayers. White Rabbits: Please send Sandy messages and goodies to let her know we miss her.



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