pedant said Site Launch

Dear friends,

We would like to announce the official launch of a new online tea community: was started by members of the TeaChat community, including longtime admin Chip, pedant, and Victoria. It can be viewed as a successor to that community.

The goal of the site is to create a high quality discussion area with the hope that over time, it will develop into an extremely useful resource for people seeking in-depth information on tea. It is also our objective that the forum have a solid, transparent relationship with the community it serves.

We believe that traditional forums are optimized for in-depth discussion. Forums have site structure to organize topics in a useful way, and threads tend to persist longer which allows for interesting discussion to evolve. Also, unlike many Facebook groups, is externally indexed by search engines like Google.

We dream that will eventually become a valuable and easily searchable repository of tea knowledge.

Finally, our community is not backed by commercial interests and does not serve ads. The site exists solely to cultivate tea discussion, knowledge, and friendship.

We look forward to seeing you, founders

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mrmopar said

It is a nice setup. I was invited over there and the format is similar to what was used there before. If any of you were on teachat you should take a look at it. I visit a bunch of forums and you guys probably see me around a bit.

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AJ said

With everything that went down in recent months with TeaChat, I welcome this. I’ll lurk as I do every tea forum.

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I imagine I’ll also be more of a lurker than contributor, but just hopped over and made an account/welcome post. I was never active at all on TeaChat and I think I only visited community two or three times – but I like the idea/spirit behind this, and the fact that my involvement is as fresh as the forum is ^^

Plus, always down for continued tea learning!

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AllanK said

I created an account last night as well. We will see how it goes over at that site, hopefully well.

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I just registered. Looking forward to even more tea posts, even if I’m not participating much these days myself. I’m always reading though!

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LuckyMe said

I’m on TeaForum and post every now and then. I like how the forums are organized and it’s a good place for focused tea discussion. Wish there were more people on it though as it’s fairly quiet compared to Steepster in its heyday.

TeaChat or TeaForum?

LuckyMe said

Oops, my bad TeaForum. TeaChat comes up in Google searches every now and then but doesn’t seem to be active anymore.

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I just joined a few days ago. I see no way to put anything in my profile and everything has to be approved by a moderator. I didn’t go there to post political nonsense or cause trouble. I just want an adjunct to Steepster. Doubt I will be over there much, if at all.

AJ said

Huh, odd. It’s been a while (I was always more of a lurker and book-list-attendant than contributor) since I posted properly. If I recall you just had to post in the Introductions Thread first, before you were let through, as a sort of ‘spam account’ check. I can definitely edit my profile. Things might have changed, though.

bef said

It might be more useful to ask an admin on teaforum instead of posting about the issue on steepster. At least, so far, we haven’t seen spam about Bangalore escorts and the such on teaforum.

pedant said

hi White Antlers, thanks for your comments.

as you discovered, new users have to have their first few posts manually approved. this typically happens within a few hours. we pride ourselves on keeping the forum spam-free. sorry to have you jump through hoops, but we haven’t found a better system yet. there’s a captcha to solve during user registration, but that alone isn’t sufficient because a lot of attempted spam we reject isn’t automated.

same deal with the profile. once you make a few posts, you automatically graduate to a normal user. again, i’m truly sorry for the inconvenience, and if you’d like, i can manually graduate you if you tell me your username.

ps: you’ll generally receive faster support if you request it via the site. but we still try to support users anywhere as Admins Who Care™ ;)

also, as the site is not backed by commercial interests (including ads), i want to be clear that we’re in it for the community. as such, we always welcome suggestions from those we serve.

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@bef, I can’t be bothered with waiting for some admin to make anything. I did not like the set up of the site. Also interesting to see that you have set your self up as a monitor of what I can and cannot post about here, considering that IS the topic.

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