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poll: team logging and members

The teams feature is in beta, and we have not decided how to deal with inactive people yet. There are some people in the teams who comment, but don't log often. So maybe we want to make sure that the teams have a more relaxed participation standard than the groups.

But ultimately, what we do will be based on what the PT community wants, so please let us know what you think.


Wed. May 24, 12:09pm

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It seems a bit unwieldly to have a team with 20+ people and only 3 who comment regularly. It is nice they are sorted by latest posting date on the home page, so I can see if anyone has actually been logging in the past few days. It also appears like some members have been added to my team who haven't been active in months, or ever.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 12:24 PM

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I think participation is important in a team as well as in a group. I don't think it should be required that team members commen all the time, but they should at least log. I think if you wanted to put a "limit" on the number of days a person has before they are booted from a team I would go with 7 days (a full week). 7 days might be too long, but there is no arguing that if a person doesn't comment or log for 7 days theres more then enough reason to remove them for lack of participation. I agree with the 12:24 poster- it makes no sense to have a large team with only a few participating.

I like that the team rules are more laid back and there are more then 4 members allowed- I think it does spur more conversation and in turn is more motivating. But the teams will only work if there is participation from the members. Everyday participation doesn't need to be required, but it's certinally nice to have regular participation. Thanks for the teams PT!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 12:49 PM

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I'm in the ten week focus team and there are about 60+ members. It's really interesting having such a big group. About 10 - 15 members post comments but several more log regularly and it is really interesting to scan everyone's logs in that format. But I don't get the impression that people in the team are reading each others logs regularly. With a group that size I think it would be nice to have a mechanism to encourage folks to read each others logs and then encourage people to use the comment section to comment on other's logs and use their own logs (in the notes area) and/or the community section to provide personal updates.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 1:06 PM

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I have strong opinions that a group or team should establish its own standards. I am part of a group where 3/4 of us never log, but we have regular conversations in the comments section. I find this as much or more useful than the groups I've been in where everyone logged and commented on logs. This arrangement is satisfying to us and we don't plan to change it. I don't think people should be required to log if the group or team is ok with it. Communication is important. A new member joined our group and we let her know that we don't fill out our logs and she shouldn't take it personally if we don't comment on them--it's not that kind of group.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 1:07 PM

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that's interesting ... to me, peertrainner is all about logging and sharing your log and getting and giving feedback. I texpect that's true for most people. Maybe there could be special teams for people who don't want to log or read each others logs.
The non-loggers or infrequent loggers.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 3:47 PM

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I will tell you one thing I LOVE about the teams - I love that they have their own little "community" section and that the members' screennames are included when you post. It really enhances the camaraderie.

As for deadbeat teammates, I say probably the best thing to do would be the same thing you have in the regular groups, which is to drop them after a certain period of inactivity. It personally doesn't bother me if they log but don't post, as long as they're logging. I figure some people just aren't as talkative but they still are benefitting from us and from keeping up with their logs, and when we have more people on a team there's just naturally more commenting activity. So it's not like a regular group where if three people don't comment, there's nothing happening.

Kate (kissmekate02)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 3:49 PM

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I thought commenting was a HUGE way to motivate people. I have dropped out of groups that don't converse much. I get more from that than just reading the logs. I think it should be all or nothing. Log and comment!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 9:11 PM

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Give them the Boot

I've joined one group and find it frustrating. It's time consuming to bring up each person's daily log and then to find that most of them haven't bothered to log. I keep waiting for PeerTrainer to drop the deadbeats from our group. It really kills moral to have so many people that do not log and do not comment. I've thought several times that I should just drop the group and concentrate on my team that I'm also in. I like (on teams) that there are only three other people to keep up with and we feel more accountable to each other since it's such a small group -- no place to hide! lol If a member is not logging their food and workouts, how can they understand any gains or losses of weight? I want to log in and find others that are committed to this process. I'm tired of those who don't take this seriously.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 10:06 PM

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I find it hard to keep track of so many people. I too have considered dropping the team and only concentrating on my groups because it's too much to try to read 20+ logs and make comments. However, I really like some of the people in my team so I don't want to lose the conversation(s) that I have going there. I think inactive people should get the boot as well - definitely if they haven't logged or posted comments in a period of time (7 days sounds fair). I would leave it up to the team to say whether or not they should have to post logs or just comments - each team behaves/is encouraged differently.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 11:13 PM

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Maybe people who don't log but like to converse could create their own teams/groups?

Thursday, May 25, 2006, 8:51 AM

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