Teaman said

What do you mean when you click "Like"?

Just curious about what all of you intend to be the meaning when you read a tea taste comment and click the Like button/link. Does it mean you like the same tea or that you like the comment? or both? or does it mean something I hadn’t thought of?

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S said

For me, I click “like” when I liked reading their tasting note. Sometimes the reason I like reading someone’s tasting note is just because I too like the tea their reviewing, and it’s cool to see other people’s takes on it.

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Cofftea said

I, too, intend it to mean I like the specific tasting note. If it’s just one aspect of it, I state that reason in a comment. For instance, let’s say person x’s grandmother died but they found comfort in this particular tea. I obviously don’t “like” the fact that the person’s grandma died.

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It’s either I like the tea and feel the same way as the note taker, or I like how the tea is described by the note taker, or I don’t know about the tea but the tea notes make me really curious about it or drooping at it.

SoccerMom said

I ditto Gingko on why I click “like”.

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fcmonroe said

Sometimes I just click like so I remember that I read the tasting note.

Mostly it’s because I liked the way the note was written.

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Gander said

Variety of reasons. Sometimes I very much agree with the review, and the specifics the person pointed out is exactly what I like from that tea. And some people write more eloquently or with more thought, rather than saying, “I don’t like strong tea so this sucks,” etc. Other times, like when mothers talk about resting with a good cuppa after driving their kids to school- Those remind me why I like tea, and why there is something special about drinking tea. It’s about atmosphere and relaxation, not just about the tea itself. So yeah, it depends for me.

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AJ said

I found the note interesting, or relevant to my interests—either because it was about a tea I was considering, a type of tea I like, or it got me interested in a new tea. I will also “Like” notes that I learned something from (I "Like"d one of Jillian’s because she described a tea shop that I did not know even existed, that I can very easily access via skytrain).

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denisend said

More “likes” pushes the log higher up on the page of the individual tea, so I save my “likes” for logs that do a good job of describing the flavors and I want to have high on that page.

Janefan said

thanks, I’d been wondering what the logic was for order of tasting notes. Didn’t understand why most recent wasn’t always on top.

Cofftea said

I understand it now, but still wish most recent was on top.

denisend said

It makes more sense (to me) with the current system – logs that are better (for whatever the community defines as “better”) are easier to find.

I wouldn’t mind a way to see what one person thought of that particular tea, ordered chronologically (the only way to get a chronological view is on their log, but that has ALL of their teas).

S said

I agree with denisend. It makes things a lot easier, especially when you’re looking at a tea with over 20 tasting notes, to see the “best” or most “essential” (as determined by the Steepster community) review first.

fcmonroe said

Thank you for posting this!! Now I’ll start “liking” some of the really good reviews that are months and months old. I was wondering what determined the order on that page.

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If I learn something, if I enjoy the way it was written, if I laugh :) I click “like” !!

Janefan said

This pretty much sums up my reasons too.

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Teaman said

denisend, didn’t realize that. Good to know.
Got some good comments here. Trend seems to suggest more pick Like based on the review than just their desire for the tea. However, as I was suspecting, the reasons vary. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not. With denisend’s comments clicking Like takes on new meaning.

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Angrboda said

For me, it varies a lot.
Sometimes it’s because I’ve tried the tea the post is about and agree with the posters opinion.
Sometimes it’s because the poster wrote their post in a funny, unusual or interesting way.
Sometimes it’s because I can see that the poster made an effort to describe the tea they were drinking to the best of their abilities.
Sometimes it’s because the poster included a bit of ‘setting’ in their post. Like the circumstances in which they had their tea.
Sometimes it’s because the tea they’re posting about makes me want to try it.
Sometimes it’s because I learned something from the post that I didn’t know before.

Sometimes it’s a combination of the above and sometimes I just like something without being able to explain why.

There is no logic to which posts I like on any given days other than which mood I seem to be in on that particular day. It’s very subjective for me.

If it can be said of anything nebulous as your answer, Angrboda, that is exactly how I do it as well, but with one addition. I appreciate a definite idea of whether the tea is bitter/nutty/sweet/fruity/tastes more on the front or back/smells like…, etc. so I can tell whether I would like to try it too.

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