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  • MichelleSilverleafMichelleSilverleaf Posts: 1,998Member Member Posts: 1,998Member Member
    I should have been more specific. The database should be cleansed by our selections. Items which have not been added to food diaries for a long time should be deleted. That method of user selection would be the best method for upgrading the database. We are the experts and if we aren't selecting an item from the MFP database it is because it is wrong or irrelevant.

    "We" are the experts? You joined in September. I joined in August of 2007.

    Early on every food that was added to the database automatically became shared with the world. There used to be no option to NOT share it. That was how the huge database of foods was sourced, mostly. Like Ann says, there are ways to find the good ones.

    If they deleted those that are more than a year since being used, I'd probably lose a lot of MY FOODS and that would not make me happy.

    Just learn to use it as is. It's not that hard.

    Every one has to be crossed checked. Half of them are garbage.

    Yeah but with time you build up a list of entries and you spend less time searching the database anyway.
  • Lodewyk56Lodewyk56 Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
    And unless something really looks wrong (which again comes through experience) how far off can it be? I find that if I try to be accurate with the portions and keep some wiggle room as I near my daily calorie limit I have continued to lose weight, so that works for me.
  • nk9onk9o Posts: 58Member Member Posts: 58Member Member
    quantify entries by weight or ounce or? Not dish, cup, saucer, etc. Makes little sense and should be removed from the database......
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 10,910Member Member Posts: 10,910Member Member
    nk9o wrote: »
    quantify entries by weight or ounce or? Not dish, cup, saucer, etc. Makes little sense and should be removed from the database......

    The ones that quantify exactly as on the label by "bad" measurements are fine with me. If something's label says the serving is "13 crackers (30g)", and the database has the correct label data but only the "13 cracker" serving size, but I ate 12g of the crackers, it's absolutely fine: I just put in 0.4 servings (= 12/30).

    Sure, it would be nice if the original creator had put in the grams, too, but the entry is just as usable without it: I'm not going to re-enter it for that. I appreciate that the entry is already there; I've added a few foods, and it's kind of time-consuming, especially if one is ultra-careful to get all the details right.

    I think some of the count ones are nice for restaurant meals, too: I can guess that something was a 7" banana vs. a 10" banana, or that I ate 6 fingerling potatoes, or something like that. I still can't guess weights that well, except for foods I eat very, very often.
  • justinejacksonmjustinejacksonm Posts: 50Member, Premium Member Posts: 50Member, Premium Member
    Yeah... I tried. I *really* tried going all 2019 and easy with it and just slamming a link in there so as to be done but I found it is faster and more accurate in the long run just to plug everything in myself as a new recipe. After looking over correcting, exedra.
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 27,867Member Member Posts: 27,867Member Member
    I should have been more specific. The database should be cleansed by our selections. Items which have not been added to food diaries for a long time should be deleted. That method of user selection would be the best method for upgrading the database. We are the experts and if we aren't selecting an item from the MFP database it is because it is wrong or irrelevant.

    "We" are the experts? You joined in September. I joined in August of 2007.

    Early on every food that was added to the database automatically became shared with the world. There used to be no option to NOT share it. That was how the huge database of foods was sourced, mostly. Like Ann says, there are ways to find the good ones.

    If they deleted those that are more than a year since being used, I'd probably lose a lot of MY FOODS and that would not make me happy.

    Just learn to use it as is. It's not that hard.

    Every one has to be crossed checked. Half of them are garbage.

    :lol: Probably even a higher percentage.

    It's a crowd-sourced database.

    If someone wants an item entered in a specific way, they should be able to do that.

    Once you enter something yourself it goes into your MY FOODS. It's super easy to find things in that list. Spend the time and do it correctly once and then your problems disappear.

    Solutions I have control over. See how that works?
    edited January 15
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