Which new features do you want the most?

1368 Replies
Carolyn said

I’m not sure it should really be classed as a “feature” but I would really like a category for Decaffeinated when adding teas.

Cofftea said

AMEN! Just because a person wants decaf doesn’t mean it’s just a fruit, herbal, or rooibos tea.

I agree. I want to be able to spot the decaf blacks as a group, so I can enjoy those as well.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Cofftea said

How about a message inbox so we can chat w/ other steepster members. I think comments on tea logs should be about the tea, I’d rather not have my convo w/ someone in public and a lot of people don’t want to publicize their email address in a comment so the convo can be carried on via email.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Cofftea said

What about searching for a steepster member by their location? Right now we can only search for people we know. This COULD be a great place to make and meet (physically, not just electronically) new tea drinking friends.

LENA said

Good idea!

Angrboda said

I like this.

Cofftea said

I just HAPPENED to see someone else from WI here, I’d like to activley search for them

Aduial said

I like this too.

Marie said

Would love this feature! Usually I would go to meetup.com for something like this, but would definitely use this feature if provided!

Cofftea said

Great site Amy, but there are no groups related to tea in my area… :(

Marie said

I was thinking a smaller version of meetup.com could be created here just for local tea gatherings. Until then, you could consider creating a local group on meetup.com in your area for tea outings and such. I have a group on there for psychic mediumship (I’m heavily into the paranormal, and think it pairs nicely with tea) :)

Jason admin said

Good idea. We have features along these lines already planned for later on which should help people find others geographically near them and arrange to meet in person if they want to.

it would help with swaps for sure

Any updates on the progress of this “connect” feature? It is a fabulous idea!
On my wish list for this feature would be the ability to create and manage tea tasting clubs. I know that this mimics meetup.com - but all the tea drinkers are here on Steepster!

Jason admin said

Unfortunately, no updates at the moment. We still have a few major features planned before we get to this on our roadmap. But those should be doozies so we hope you enjoy :)

some companies post the upcoming roadmap short term (next 1-2 features) for everyone to babble about, some don’t…any chance you might let us know the next feature soon before release

Cofftea said

AmazonV, as eager as I am for new features- I like the surprise HOLY CRAP… A NEW FEATURE! I’m normally online when Steepster goes down so I know an update is coming- so nerve wracking in a good way!=D

Jason admin said

@AmazonV: Hmm…we’ll think about that. The way we have our roadmap planned out is pretty complex – a round of significant feature development followed by a smaller round of misc. stuff so we can get the big things out of the way but also be cleaning up the smaller things too. That misc. bucket can changed pretty quickly too. The next big feature should be a fairly large technical challenge, but something we haven’t really seen used the way we plan to, so we might want to keep that under wraps for now.

There’s also a natural hesitation about establishing expectations in terms of what will be included and when. We have to balance all our Steepster work with other contracting gigs until Steepster can support us, so timing is always tricky to work out. Plus, we probably have different priorities than our individual users. We want to see Steepster continue to grow so it gets to a point where we can work full time on it and crank our awesome features like crazy. But if you’re an individual on the site, you might not immediately see the benefit of adding more users since there are already so many great ones. So your priorities would be focused more on getting specific new features right away…does that make sense?

However, with all that said, we do like being open with our community and getting valuable feedback from you, so it could be really helpful. It’s something we’ll definitely discuss again.

@Jason I can understand user expectations – I am an IT employee at a large multi-national and manage three software programs servers & deployments (btw know any friends w/.Net experience, two Senior .net spots open) and totally understand how fast things change, managing expectations etc.

However I also was the business analyst before I switched sides, having a small group (opt in etc) of users to help do UAT/feedback on the one next feature that is in the works and having them know there isn’t a timeline for deploy sometimes help iron some things out before they become snags or enable you to tweak them for useability

It would be lovely to able to find other local tea nerds! Right now when I type ‘tea’ as an interest into sites like “meetup.com” all I get are political activity. :/

Login or sign up to post a message.

Angrboda said

I just had another thought. Beware, I intend to ramble.

As people have mentioned the Dashboard page is exploding all over the place at the moment and I haven’t even dared go through what’s happened on mine since I checked last. I expect it’s going to even out as people get their Cupboards filled up, but at the moment it’s just ridiculous. Especially for people who are following a lot of other people. Such as ahem me. And especially especially if those are really active people.

I like how the Dashboard is loaded in bits, so it moves quicker and we don’t have to sit around and wait for ten thousand items of activity of some sort is being loaded all at once. On any average day, I guess I probably click view more some… I don’t know, I’ve never counted them. Let’s for the sake of the example say ten times. Nice round number and all that.

When I see that someone has commented on one of my posts or on a post that I have commented on previously, I go and look right away. Same if I want to comment on someone else’s posts. I can’t look through all the new updates and then go back and check because then I’d forget half of the things I wanted to see. When I’m done with that I hit the back button to go back to the Dashboard page.

I’m getting to the point now. This is the point.

The Dashboard page can’t remember how far I got. If I was clicking a link on say for example page 7, I first have to scroll through pages 1-6 AGAIN to get to the place I had got to. It would be really awesome if the Dashboard page could remember where I had got to so I could skip all the scrolling through stuff I had already seen. Depending on how many things you click on while checking the newest activity you can end up with a seriously huge amount of scrolling.

I don’t know if this is possible, but if it is, it would definitely save me a lot of time.

LENA said

I go through this too everyday. Dashboard memory would be cool.

Angrboda said

Yeah, I’ve tried just opening them in new tabs instead, but that’s not really ideal either.

Jason admin said

That sounds like some really complex logic that would be pretty taxing on the system (making it load slower) but the new organization of the dashboard that we’re already working on should help with these concerns.

Login or sign up to post a message.

takgoti said

Kind of spinning off the dashboard fireworks bit, maybe the ability to tab your dashboard? So you can have a tab to see it all, a tab for entries, a tab for comments, etc.

I really like this idea.

Oolonga said

Awesome idea, it will solve the problem of blown up dashboards and sounds easy to implement.
Dear Steeper developers, please pay attention to it.

Angrboda said

I like this too. It would even fit in nicely with the layout of our own log pages with the tabs on it. (Actually, now that I’ve given it some thought, I like it much better than my own idea above.)

Jason admin said

I think you just might get your wish…great idea!

Speaking of Tabs on the Dashboard, I would really appreciate one that allows me to track the discussions I already participate in. I will still use the main ‘Discussions’ button at the top to see what everyone is dishing about, but I would like to keep closer track of the chats I’m most interested in.
As usual, thanks for asking!

Cofftea said

JustDuckyInNE, you have the notices notifying you of new posts (and are linked directly to them) and the fact that the threads turn blue, what else are you looking for? I’m not trying to sound rude, just trying to understand.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Oolonga said

I’d want to see tasting notes being sorted by date. I mean if you look at someone’s notes for a particular tea, they are all mixed up, there is no chronological order at all. It would be interesting and useful to see how opinions change with time and more profound tasting.
I hope I’m making sense here :)

Cofftea said

AMEN.

Jason admin said

You can actually do this already if you go to the user’s tealog. On their tealog, you can sort by “New” (which is the default setting). You can use this to see a person’s taste develop over time and see how their tastes have changed. However, it is not setup like this on the tea page.

On the tea page (which is what I think you’re referring to) a person’s tasting notes for that tea are sorted by popularity. We think this is most appropriate for the location because when you are on the tea page you want to find the best/most relevant tasting notes for that tea (and we’re planning to add features to help better surface the best tasting notes). But if you want to see a person’s development over time, we think that is best shown on the person’s tealog (which is where it is now). I hope that makes sense :)

Cofftea said

I agree w/ Oolonga. I want to see the tasting notes for a specific tea by date, not just tasting notes by a specific person.

Cofftea said

Jason, to make us both happy could we have the abilty to sort the tasting notes different ways? For example, by date, by user, AND by rating?

Login or sign up to post a message.

I’d like to see a “Tasting Notes Requested” section. There are a lot of teas I’ve seen on the shelf or on the web and wonder about them, but I haven’t seen anyone taste them yet. We could post “Anyone try Murchie’s Golden Jubilee?” and see if anyone responds.

Hopefully, this makes some sort of sense.

Anyway, HAS anyone tried Murchie’s Golden Jubilee?

Jason admin said

You could always just try them yourself :) But, we have added this to the list.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Aduial said

I like how this site is growing! To add my two cents’ worth, I think it would be nice to have a “reply” function in our entries too, so we can respond to people individually. As some others have already mentioned, email notifications would be nice, like when someone comments on your entry/replies to your comments and when someone “likes” your stuff …

Cofftea said

You can post a reply to a post rather than to the entire topic, but how about the ability to reply to a reply? That way people know exactly who we’re talking to and what we’re talking about. Also, how about a way to quote a portion of the post we’re replying to. This is the very reason I posted all of my ideas separately. I figured it was a toss up between what some people may call spam and jumbling up the board. Neither are good.

Login or sign up to post a message.

denisend said

I’d like to be able to somehow note or categorize my cupboard for their location. I have a set of teas at home and a set in the office, and it would be nice to be able to look up just what I have in one location and see if I need to move stuff around or purchase new stuff.

I was just thinking the same thing the other day! +1

Jason admin said

Good idea. Added to the list!

Login or sign up to post a message.

Excuse me if I’m repeating someone else here, but:
Forum organization, please. :)

It would be nice if threads could go under topics, such as
Types of Tea
Tea ware
Tea culture
Misc.
Etc…

It’s kinda jumbled and messy in the present state.

takgoti said

Maybe a little search bar action, too? It is definitely becoming difficult to find things. We’re a prolific bunch.

I agree. The forum needs sub-forums like JM suggested.

Under a topic, I would like to either 1) sort by several fields i.e., tea name, manufacturer, tea/teaware, posters name, date posted or 2) search on these fields within a topic.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.