A few weeks ago, waynewirs made some very interesting suggestions
about how to get publicity for SLD. One of his suggestions was:
With the above tools, now you can suggest to your members to add a simple signature line to their emails and forum postings: See my weight loss progress at http://sethroberts.net/MyProfile .
The tools he refers to included a program that produced a graph that shows your weight loss (weight as a function of time). Since this suggestion I have changed my email signature to link to the forums.
waynewirs seems to be saying that some of you would be interested in a way to show others your progress in a compact way. I would like to find out if that is true. If so, I will create a special section within these forums in which each "topic" is a different person. Under each "topic" would be just one post that you would modify (update, elaborate, and decorate) as time goes on. That "post" would be one-stop shopping for those who want to find out how you are doing -- you would simply give them the link. Browsing in that section would allow others to see how a variety of people are doing, without having to read a sequence of posts for each one. All in all, that section would be a kind of SLD Quilt.
What might you put on your "page"? Certainly a measure of your progress. That might be as simple as two lines: line 1 = starting date & weight, line 2 = latest date & weight. Or it might be as complicated as a graph (weight vs time) that you make yourself & post or a graph made from #'s (the number of # shows your weight). But you could also put anything else you would like -- side effects, other people's reactions, quotes, decorative objects, etc.
Miller is doing something like this already, modifying a single post again and again to show overall progress. That post is here: http://boards.sethroberts.net/index.php?topic=696.msg4461#msg4461
The widespread use of weight-loss tickers in signatures suggests to me that waynewirs is right, people really do want to tell others about their progress. Your page would essentially be a 2-dimensional ticker with a lot more room for detail and creativity. And even if no one ever used their link in their email signature, it would still be nice to be able to go from place to place to see quickly see how people are doing.
I'd call new section Personal Pages, unless someone has a better name.