End of an Era for So Many of Us
Sunday, June 06, 2021
Many years ago, the Pizza Hut in my community closed. They posted a sign that said (this may not be verbatim, but here goes): "We are closing this store in order to serve you better. Please visit one of our other locations at: (locations provided; none especially close by)".
Obviously, the owner/franchisee had other stores and was probably consolidating operations which may have benefitted the other locations. But try as I might, I don't see how closing a store serves me better.
What does this have to do with Sparkpeople, you may ask? Well, today we received the news (in a pretty backhanded manner) that the site that so many of us have not only come to know and love, but have lived an breathed for many years, is closing. They are bringing a new, exciting chapter in the form of a site that seems to lack the community features that made it so special and excludes a large part of this wonderful community, namely our friends from outside the US.
So again, in order to serve us better, they are taking away the features that we love and excluding a large, very important part of the group.
I can't help but feel that there is no difference between joining a group that is closed to non-Americans and a group that excludes certain ethnic groups. Now, I fully understand that Spark is not being intentionally exclusionary, and for this reason, I won't completely rule out joining the new site at some point. But it makes me very sad that many of my friends will not be able to join. It is sad that they not be able to get the support they need, and I will certainly miss them.
I understand that there are financial implications. I feel like I am acting like a bit of a baby. I appreciate what you guys have done for me over the last 13 1/2 years. But I will be so sad when the plug is pulled.