Which new features do you want the most?
I’d die for an iPhone/iPad app. I understand that a lot of people have iPhones… but I don’t, so iPad compatibility would be incredible.
That and the ability to toggle “gong-fu” brewing style in the tasting note section.
Yes please! Or, even simplier, a mobile version of the website would be ok at the beginning.
Oh, I know youu can make mobile apps from web application, so a mobile website could be made into an app very easily so it would not be wasted.
I apologize if any of this has been mentioned before, but I don’t feel up to reading a 31 page thread.
Anyhow – It would be great if the results from text searches had the teas number rating listed as well as the number of reviews-and even better, those results sortable by rating. For example, when I type a search for “Lapsang Souchong”, I get 235 results with absolutely no inkling as to the Steepster score on any of them. I don’t want to have to click on 235 teas to find say, the top 10 or top 25 in the results.
Another thing that would be nice is to make a members’ tea reviews searchable. Many members here have hundred of reviews and a searchable review function would be nicer than having to go through page after page of reviews looking to see if they have reviewed a particular tea (or going through dozens of reviews of that tea looking to see if that particular member has reviewed it).
Not sure if these are the kinds of things that would slow the server down, but they would be nice.
I almost forgot – A “reply with quote” feature would be amazing so that new replies to older thread comments could easily be found and read. For example, if you wanted to comment on something that someone said on page 15 of this thread, you could click “reply with quote” on their post and a quote of their post would appear in smaller type at the top of your post on the most recent page. I’m sure that I am not the only person who has given up trying to find the “new” post on multi-page threads.
Yes – I totally agree on somehow linking a member’s reviews to their account so one can easily locate specific reviews by a certain person. In fact, that would be incredibly useful for locating my own reviews – sometimes, I know I have logged a tea and want to check on my awesome steeping parameters from the last time, and I have to click through pages of reviews of a popular tea in order to find it. (Is there already a shortcut for this??)
Indeed, anyone who has several pages or more of reviews could benefit from their own reviews being searchable.
I would really like to be able to sort the reviews of a particular tea by date, so, most recently posted first (I guess you’d have to go by the date on the last one if there are multiple tasting notes), and oldest last. Sometimes a new review can be more valuable than an old review that has lots of ‘likes’ (especially for the more ‘seasonal’ teas).
I would love to be able to mark certain discussions as favorites. And being able to “like” discussion posts would be helpful also. Another thing that would be helpful is being able to make notes on our teas without having to share it. I might really like a tea but don’t want to spend 10 mins describing every flavor I taste. Just to be able to say, “yum my fav so far. Buy more!” and not worry about tea describing etiquettes would be grand. Thank you for listening!
I don’t think you really have to worry about ‘tea describing etiquette’ :) Everyone has their own style of note-writing, and although many people (including me) tend to be quite verbose, at least in my opinion it’s perfectly acceptable to write ‘yum my fav so far. Buy more!’. As an example, TeaEqualsBliss often writes quick notes on her backlogs.
I totally agree with Krystaleyn.
Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie: you are free to post as much or as little as you want, in whatever format you want, and as frequently (or infrequently) as you want!
I mean, I can only speak for myself, but I don’t think anyone is going to look down on you even if you just post, “Yum. Like.”
I think there would be complications in marking discussions as favorites (or like-ing a post), but I can see a benefit to the ability to do that (almost like bookmarking a particular webpage)
Does anyone know when an update will take place?
If reviews could be sorted by steeping parameters-So many times I look up a tea and all I want to do is see how other people brewed the tea and I have to wade through all the reviews where people don’t bother to fill out the parameter info.
Teas in common-If you click on a person’s profile, it could show you certain teas that you both have in the cupboard or have both reviewed.
An optional list only of tea’s in your cupboard so that you can print it.
Vendor Kudos/ratings, somewhere to leave feedback like we can for tea shops on shopping experience.
It would be cool if we could attach an image to our tasting notes if we happened to snap a shot of the tea we are enjoying.
I agree since I find myself doing this quite often. I think it’d be cool to see others teaware and where they like to drink tea most often also.
I agree! I would love this. Plus some teas, like those from 52 teas, don’t have photos. Sometimes the look of the tea (leaf and in a cup) is what makes me want to check it out.
Just one thing (trying not to offend anyone/vendors) is trying to limit vendors posting their “deals” or offerings in the discussion messages – like when someone asks about a certain tea or best place to get X tea and a bunch of vendors jump on the post. Not really a feature but I think it would make the site more useful.
This might have been mentioned before, but it would be nice if the tea pages could include an “owned by” or “in these steepsters’ cupboards” function, so you could see who has a tea/how many people. It’d be a nice way to see the most-owned teas, as well as looking for swap partners for teas that aren’t super popular.