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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.

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    the whole thing is very sad
    20 days ago
    Thanks for stating it so well! I know that the article says "It's Not Goodbye" but for a VERY large portion of the SP community - like me - it IS good good bye. We have no choice but to find an alternative or try to stumble along on our own. For us, it will be a new beginning somewhere else. The community here and the challenges have been integral to my success. I'm checking out MyFitnessPal and LoseIt to see what will work best for me once SP shuts the door in my face for good. LoseIt does have a community group of former SP members and I hope I'll see more names I recognize there. Still need to check out the MFP community.
    51 days ago
    I appreciate your comment on the article about closing and your blog here. I echo exactly what you've said and I'm thankful you put into words what I'm feeling about it all.
    53 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I agree. This site has meant so much to me. I joined in 2007 and it quickly became a big part of my life. I did feel a punch in my gut when I read that Spark was closing. It never occurred to me that this may happen. But there is nothing I can do about it. So I will just have to accept it. I do feel the sense of betrayal as many of us do.
    54 days ago
    We will persevere...

    we were looking for something when we found SparkPeople...

    now we will be looking for something once again...

    Rather like when you get pink sllipped (laid-off, let go) from your place of employment
    you remind yourself that you were looking for a job when you found this one..
    there are better fish in the sea than have ever been caught.

    we will persevere...

    54 days ago
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    54 days ago
    I’m still trying to get my head around the fact Sparks doesn’t want me
    54 days ago
    I've only stayed on SP because of the people and the tracker with all of my manually entered foods. If it weren't for those two important factors, I would have left a long time ago because of other changes that have been made and, frankly, the site is really outdated. Time for a change but definitely some sadness in the transition.
    54 days ago
    I knew where you were going with the Pizza Hut immediately! "This Isn't Goodbye"--uh, yeah, it is!

    I am really disappointed in how ham-handedly they've approached this. We have a lot of feelings to sort out, and it would be nice if "confusion" and "betrayal" and "distrust" never had to enter the fray.
    54 days ago
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    55 days ago
    I will hold off telling my wife. For several years she taught at a college 300 miles away and 160 of them were 2 lane and 100 of those were in steep hills, the Ozark Mountains. At first we met pretty much every weekend at one end or the other, all the kids were in college, but our activities got in the way and then we would meet monthly and then longer gaps. I lost 150 pounds on SP and it was noticeable and my wife was gaining slowly. She acted as if SP was taking all my time and still fusses after she retired and returned home. I regained 100 and have lost 20 of those but I really need to lose 100 more. She will be delighted when she hears the news.
    55 days ago
    WE are all shocked and saddened by the anouncement today. I don't like it but I am not shutting the door. I am frustrated. I have so many friends here some closer than family. I don't want to lose contact with them. I am hoping they can get the rules and regulations straightened out so our friends from other countries will be able to stay with SparkPeople.
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    55 days ago
    I don't feel like you're being a baby at all. I too have been here a good long time and this feels to me like a punch to the gut. The new site is not impressing me, I have no interest in full FB, and am working on a way to figure out how to keep in touch with my friends.
    55 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    Me too. I have made so my friends from around the world.
    55 days ago
    I don't think you're being a baby at all. I think we all were quite shocked by this bulletin! Being Canadian, it not only marks the end of Spark as I know it - but the end of the Spark road completely. I will definitely miss all my friends and the whole community. I guess all good things must come to an end. I'm moving on to My Fitness Pal and hope that I get many of the benefits I received at Spark. It was fun while it lasted...

    Katy (formerly known) aka as FelineBetter
    55 days ago
    55 days ago
    Well said.
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    55 days ago
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