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MARTHA324's Photo MARTHA324 Posts: 11,176
6/24/21 1:52 P

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Yes, I did get signed up and it was my mistake! Haven't really explored the site but it looks like it has potential.

Persistence is more important than perfection.

Don't assume your freedoms are assured.

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.


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6/24/21 1:28 P

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Merle, thanks so much for giving us the updates. emoticon



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6/24/21 11:56 A

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Thanks for getting us up to date on the news. like the new site


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SPARK_MERLE's Photo SPARK_MERLE Posts: 12,052
6/24/21 11:49 A

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Hello everyone!

I apologize for not replying to your posts here sooner. I will try to catch up with all the questions now. Many have been answered elsewhere so I'm hoping you may have already seen answers too. Please let me know if you have other questions and I promise to reply quickly.

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Chris (SparkGuy) is in great health. Thanks so much for asking. He has recovered very well from his surgery a while back and we are all grateful for that.

@IRISHEI
The Health A-Z articles are no longer available; they were removed from the site a couple years ago I think.

@KGWINDER
We do not have any type "cloud" download or backup for blogs like you are asking. Sorry! The only option is to print each blog individually (on paper or to pdf) or open a blog and copy/paste into another program like Word.

@MARTHA324
I am sorry you had trouble when trying to sign up on SparkAmerica. Did you get that issue resolved? Just so you know, an additional 50 or so cities have been added so one closer to you may be available now. Also, the city affiliation is completely optional. You only need to pick one if you want to participate in our city-to-city challenges, otherwise, just leave that field blank.

@SLOWNPROUD
1. Yes, SparkAmerica is free for everyone and it is also ad-free!
2. Activity tracking is available already. The nutrition tracker will be up and running on Aug 15.
3. It is open to everyone, not just company employees.

@ESMERELDA12
Thanks for joining SparkAmerica! I am glad you did not have any problems signing up.

@SPARKFRAN514
Hopefully, you were able to find and read the official announcement. It is now linked near the top of the Start page and will stay up there for the duration.

@WINTERFLOWER
I am glad you already joined SparkAmerica and hope you enjoy it. Were you able to find a city near you after we updated the list? As noted above, the city is an optional feature. If you prefer to leave the city blank or if you want to be connected to a different city, just let me know and I can change that for you. Regarding online community features, that is something we will add.

@BROOKLYN_BORN
There was just some brief technical glitch on the day you had trouble with the site. It was not related to our shutdown.

Edited by: SPARK_MERLE at: 6/24/2021 (11:50)
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6/8/21 7:57 A

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Is Chris ok with his health? Sorry to hear international is shutting down.......

Where can I find the article called....Read health A-Z on spark?
thanks so much.

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6/8/21 12:35 A

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My human non selfish side just kicked in — is Chris ok?!

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6/7/21 11:37 P

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Frustration and other super negative emotions.

You do realize you are driving us to your competition? I hear this from a friend, not even here. My blogs are like my health records. Guess I will be forced to buy a printer. Can you even sell a cloud download for our records?

So many friends here. 😢💦💦💦

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MARTHA324's Photo MARTHA324 Posts: 11,176
6/7/21 8:39 P

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Sadly the whole thing has been handled very badly IMO....at first I thought (hoped!) that it was a hoax...not alas it is true. When to SparkAmerica and was forced to join with a city! Live near NYC but the closest city is Philadelphia & notice nothing west of the Mississippi.

Didn't matter because when I signed up I had to click a link to verify my email which was supposed to be sent and never got it. Seems like the new site isn't working all that well either.

Beyond me why it was handled this way and why some outreach to members wasn't made to see if lots of us would have paid to keep the site. I'm finding that most of the free sites I use are now asking for a subscription to access all the features. Read Chris's email and understandably they need revenue to keep going and maybe the "old" Spark could remain in some fashion if it were fee based.

Now, I doubt members would trust Spark. Sad.

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6/7/21 2:45 P

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I've read the article several times and have some questions I am hoping someone can answer.

1. Is SparkAmerica going to continue to be free?
2. Will the nutrition & activity tracking be functional by Aug 17?
3. Will SparkAmerica be up to general public (I know America only, very sad) or do you have to be one of the companies SparkAmerica works with?

I'm really said about this news.



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GLORYB83's Photo GLORYB83 Posts: 75,865
6/7/21 12:51 P

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This isn't really much of an announcement - not the way I'd expect Sparks to let us members know they're closing down. Disappointed in even this!

Edited by: GLORYB83 at: 6/7/2021 (12:55)

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6/7/21 12:38 P

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I just signed up on the new site. I didn't have any problems but I'm staying here to the end!



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6/7/21 11:51 A

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Yes, please, where is that announcement??? We need to know more details about this.



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Edited by: GLORYB83 at: 6/7/2021 (12:53)

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6/7/21 10:50 A

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Where is the news shared as it should have been i had an awful time getting on thought it was just me i want to gather up some important my friends have sent so sad to lose so many friends


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I am so angry (yes, angry) and then sad...and then I can't breath for thought of losing something so dear to me...we would have paid to keep this site going....

Sorry, I just can't think for my sadness...respectfully...

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6/7/21 7:04 A

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It appears that it was a good thing someone said something because already the site isn't working properly. At least we have an idea why. This is a sad rollout of a new product which is probably going to leave a bad taste in member's mouths.

I'm not located near ANY city and fail to see how the new SP360 is going to help me connect to an online community. I have signed up and have a small glimmer of hope that things will develop there but...

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6/6/21 8:01 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!

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