Which new features do you want the most?
Is there somewhere to rate tea companies not just the teas? I see you can rate tea places and teas and tea products…but not companies themselves. If I’m going to purchase from X company it would be interesting to know about their history, what city they are based in, really any information that tells me more about their company and what experiences other steepsters have had with them.
Some people use the places tab to rate online tea vendors as well. It isn’t just tea houses. Most of the time they will put the name of the company and follow it with online.
Something that show when you have read, or commented on a thread. Like a little icon. Some are over 1000 replies and span years.
Jason, we are all putting ideas and wishes for a long long time here and I am sure you’ll consider them all but …is there really another version of Steepster in the (soon) pipeline ? I’d like to know :)
I’d really love a working shopping list. I keep putting things on my shopping list, and then when I click on the “shopping list” under “you” it says I have nothing on my shopping list.
I think it would be helpful to have ‘custom lists’ that we could either make Top 10s, Swap, Samples, Wishlist, etc.
I second this one.
Hi Jason, It would be great if there was a filter for Organic teas on the Best Teas page: http://steepster.com/teas Thanks!
I think adding a small shout-box on our profile pages would be nice for users to drop in and say “Nice teas!” or something friendly like that. It would be a nice and easy ice breaker to help us meet people on here~.
If you’re worried about flaming and such, you could make them user approval based.
One more thing, I think that a little status updater would be kind of nice for little personal updates as long as it has a 150-200 character limit so that we won’t be overflowing with long personal statuses on our dashboards.
I think the shout-box is a more realistic idea though.
Let me know what you think if you can. :)
Edit: Also, I think that you guys should add a “Teaware” list and “Teaware” reviews and ratings in their own category.
The ability to easily report spam in the tasting notes and the discussion board. The current method is incredibly cumbersome, even requiring a separate account.
I don’t think I’ve encountered spam in tasting notes. How would you define spam in that context? Personal stuff rather than a tasting notes or something like advertisements?
I’ve seen companies create profiles and post tasting notes as ads. I’ve also seen one tea company with about 5 fake profiles that gave tremendously high ratings and reviews to all of their teas.
Here’s a funny example:
http://steepster.com/Indianteacompany [don’t click the external company link]
Especially funny because they’re reviewing LIPTON of all things. Wow.
I don’t think they’re really even a tea store because if you click the link, it’s virus city. So I guess they just picked a popular tea thinking they could compromise the most people.
Here’s a new one that gives their tea a 100 rating and then goes on other similar teas and says they are not good and includes a link to their own tea. This kind of marketing doesn’t win over buyers, I just don’t get it.
Incredibly cumbersome to report spam? Just email jason at steepster.com and let him know about it. I send him links to duplicate company or tea entries whenever I run across them; recently even sent him some graphically obscene tasting note a troll had posted, which was a bizarre surprise on this site. He always responds quickly.
Would be even easier if you’re following each other.
We’re going to continue to disagree because I still think it is “incredibly cumbersome”.
Clicking the ‘report anything inappropriate’ link on this page sends the user to an external site that requires a separate login. Most sites similar to this (forums, etc.) have an integrated reporting/flagging capability. Sure, users can leave the site, log in to their email, compose an email indicating what the problem is and where it can be found – many steps more than a simple flagging/reporting link and too many steps for most people. Clicking a flag and simply picking why from a list of reasons or typing an explanation like ‘spam’ is easier than the current alternatives. The reports can also be weighted by the number of people who’ve done the reporting, so the worst items get cleaned up first.
I am going to follow Jason so I can message him if he follows me back, thank you.
I thought I saw this but option to search tea companies as well as tea types would be nice. Like being able to view what all teas a companies sales and stuff.
If you click on the Teas button up top in the black banner, it’ll bring you to the highest rated teas. Over to the right side of the screen there are a bunch of letters representing the first letter in a tea company’s name, click on those and you can search for what company you want and there will be a listing of their teas that they have on Steepster there.