Which new features do you want the most?

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teepland said

I would like to see a way to report duplicate tea listings so they can be merged together into one. Is there a way to do this already and I just don’t know about this?

And, as others have noted, I’d love to see an app developed since I usually have tea when I am away from my computer and would like to update my notes from my phone. Trying to use the desktop version of Steepster on a phone is extremely difficult since the pages do not load in a format friendly to mobile use.

loudao said

These are good ideas and I agree. I would like to see these things, too. I also had the idea that maybe a map feature that loads to wherever you are would be great for the mobile view, that way you can find tea shops wherever you are. :)

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green1 said

The beautiful appearance is the most attractive for me, the feature inside must be the taste, a well taste with a beautiful appearance is the best product.

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El Monstro said

How about an option for coffee reviews, would that be doable?
I’ve been sampling different french roasts lately, and thought it would be cool to keep track of those somehow?

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loudao said

I’m not sure if these ideas have already been suggested or not, but I will share them with you just in case.

(1) A “want to visit” feature for tea shops. This would be great because then you can keep track of which places look good or were recommended to you. This would be similar to the “want” feature for teas.

(2) As a complement to that feature, I would love to see a “what’s in my area” option, particularly in mobile view of the website. It could show a map that automatically shows an overview of wherever you are, with pins for all the tea shops around. The closed shops could be invisible, so as not to confuse the user. The “want to visit” shops could have a different icon to point out that they are desired places to go to. The places that you visited/reviewed could have another icon to denote that — perhaps a positive icon if the review was positive and a negative icon if you didn’t like them.

(3) Separate from this, I would like to see some solution for the issue of having teas that you didn’t know what the name was. There is no reason to muddle up the whole site with these, but to keep them as personal generic notes could be helpful. For example, let’s say that I went to a restaurant and didn’t know what tea they served me but really liked it. I could keep a personal, generic note saying when and where it happened and how I liked it. This could be similar to a “general status update” such as is available on Goodreads.com. Friends/followers could see these but they wouldn’t result in the creation of new tea varieties on the site so it wouldn’t confuse other users.

These are just some humble ideas. The site is great so far. So, thank you for creating it for us to use! I am enjoying it. :)

teepland said

Hi, loudao:

I love your ideas regarding enhancements for tea shops! In particular, I would definitely use the mapping feature if it was available since I never know what is in my area when I am traveling and would love to be able to visit local places when away from home. Great idea!

Regarding your #3, I have noticed a number of people will use “Random Steepings” tea by “Various Artists” when they are recording a tea for which they are not certain of the name/vendor. Here’s a link to the page for this record:

https://steepster.com/teas/various-artists/30627-random-steepings

Maybe this could be something that would be helpful while the administrators of Steepster consider the suggestion of having personal notes…?

loudao said

Hi, teepland,

Thank you. Your suggestion about “Random Steepings” tea by “Various Artists” is very helpful! I’m new to Steepster, so I wasn’t aware of it. I’ll definitely keep it bookmarked, should I come across an unknown tea that I want to make notes of. It does seem like a very good solution for the time being. It actually gives me another idea. :)

Right now, there is a search box on the Dashboard where you can search for teas. Perhaps it could prioritize results from your own cupboard and give the option to add a note for them with one click? The general/personal note option could be available as a default option, so it’s easy to get to. And, that general/personal note could provide an update to the “Random Steepings” tea that you mentioned. It would streamline things a bit but it also wouldn’t disturb the way things are being done right now.

It’s wonderful coming up with ideas to help Steepster grow and mature. It’s also wonderful that they’re open to suggestions. It shows a lot of caring on both sides to have them ask and to have their community so eager to respond with suggestions. This seems like a lovely little corner of the web so far. :)

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loudao said

I would also love to see the following features:

Add a place/site where a tea can be purchased. (This can also be added to the ‘Add a Tea’ form.) An ability to mark if a tea is out of stock temporarily or permanently so that people don’t go to buy tea at a place that doesn’t have it. (This is especially important for in-person purchases where they may have to go a distance to get there.) Clarify that the “company name” is not the site that sells the tea but the manufacturer. (There are too many teas that have the site they were purchased at listed as the “company name.” But, this is confusing because these same teas can be purchased from multiple sites.) A mobile version of the site. (I’d prefer this over an app because a mobile version of the site can be viewed by many different devices, not just one or another.) An ‘online’ division for the ‘Places’ section. (Because, it’s nice to know of others’ experiences purchasing from stores online, as well.)

Thank you for listening. Please keep up the great work. It is a beautiful and useful site which is very enjoyable to use. :)

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MrQuackers said

Whenever I search using google for "Steepster + Tea X " it takes me to the mobile site.

Meanwhile, I think that searching within the regular site is almost useless.

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econd the discussion board search feature, and the forum and sub-forum organization principles. At present, I choose not to contribute much to the discussions, because my usually-careful writing is just scattered and lost in the shuffle. Kudos for all you’ve done and the exacting, staged way you are implementing things! Very few bugs and very little system down time, considering the number of features being added. Being a career computer systems person, believe me, I know good work when I see it. Just keep on being measured and methodical, as you have, and don’t be swayed by arguments for adding stuff before it’s proper time. It’s hard to do, but you’ve been doing it. I’m 65 yrs old and so bleeping envious …..
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I would like to see a way to report duplicate tea listings so they can be merged together into one. Is there a way to do this already and I just don’t know about this?

And, as others have noted, I’d love to see an app developed since I usually have tea when I am away from my computer and would like to update my notes from my phone. Trying to use the desktop version of Steepster on a phone is extremely difficult since the pages do not load in a format friendly to mobile use.
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