Which new features do you want the most?
I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but being able to search in others cupboards and through their ratings (unless this is already a feature?). Sometimes people mention teas that they’ve reviewed before and I want to go find them but it can be a bit tedious when they have hundreds of tastings/reviews.
A marker for teas that we are willing to swap in our cupboard would be cool.
Perhaps an option to see the numbers as we rate. I realize this may be intentional but I like to round to 5’s or 10’s purely for aesthetic reasons.
Same here, I really want this feature. Surely that doesn’t mean we’re that OCD ;)
Not sure if it’s been said yet… but it would be nice if there was a way to have personal tasting notes linked to social media. For example, once you add a tasting note on Steepster it would automatically add a link to your facebook or tumblr – so that people could click and read your review on Steepster. Is also a great way to advertise your site and tea in general!
Maybe an open scale for temperature on the tasting notes?
I have no idea if this has been mentioned, but the way posts are sorted has changed. I have a tea that I have logged several times, but the featured post is one that no one “liked”, while my next one 28 people liked and it had a significant conversation tied to it. Honestly, when I look at how other people rate a tea, I am not interested in the post that no one else seemed to think relevant. I would rather see the more significant one first. The way it is now, you have to dig for the most meaningful tealogs and makes them easier to miss….not exactly user friendly.
This might be done through a filter? For instance, I find lower ratings more revealing and would like to bring them to the top. Likewise, most discussed teas could be brought to the top.
I want a leaf to water ratio. Assuming 1 tsp to every 8 oz doesn’t work too well when you are trying to reproduce someone’s cupping experience.
Completely agreed! I like a stronger cup when it comes to certain things, so rather than steeping longer, I add a bit more. However, I would have to note this in my description, which is not easy to track with long conversations and to the occasional passer-by.
It would be nice to have a tab on teas that says “I’m drinking this”. You would click it when you drink it and it would go out on your stream as “Scott B is drinking Keemun Yao A” rather than say, reviewing the same tea 15 times.
Another idea would be to have Twitter-style status updates when you want to share something but don’t have a review to post-such as “I’m excited about a new tea order I got today. I’ll be doing reviews soon”, or “I’m at the mall and you won’t believe what this tea salesperson just said to me…”
Of course both of these features could be abused and clutter peoples’ dashboards with spam, so the features would require separate subscriptions apart from just “following” somebody. That way, if you just want someone’s reviews, you don’t have to wade through the other stuff in your feed.
RE the second idea.
Or it could be a separate tab on the dashboard, perhaps? Then people who weren’t interested could just ignore it.
I like both of these, especially the latter. It would be a good way for people to get to know each other better, I think.
Ooh, I love the idea of a separate tab for these sort of short status updates!
How about the ability to ‘follow’ a tea company? I’d love to get notified when a new tasting note is posted about one of my teas!
Also, integration with facebook would be wonderful, especially with an iphone app.
I’m LOVING this tea app (http://teaapp.com/)… Maybe you guys could TEAm up?
I’m glad you like Tea for iPhone. A nice update ought to be out by autumn, but not integration with Steepster (still just FB and Twitter). Maybe someday.
Are you in development with that app? If so, could you drop me an email? I’m very interested in a certain feature that I have questions about. Thanks! info (at) whisperingpinestea (dot) com
Samuel Iglesias is the developer and is really good at responding to emails and incorporating things into the app. I’m the info guy who supplies baseline suggestions and names for teas. The recommendations will be greatly improved in the next update since we had some cross-over for highest temp and longest steep time on quite a few recommendations, which would produce terrible results (some pop up suggesting 5min steep at near-boiling, yikes!) so they will have fixes alongside brewing tips. Right now we are waiting on translators.
To get in touch with the developer, just go to the website you linked to and click “support” at the bottom.