It's cool to see how this place has been open for a long time.
Is there anything I can do to help promote the forum to help it reach more people?]]>
There are still some language packs installed, but a few possible issues:
* The language packs are for a slightly older version of the forum software
* There is no longer a way to select forum language via a top right dropdown. If I can get that working again, I will, but for now, to use the forum in another language, you must create an account, and set the language in your preferences.
If you were subscribing to the RSS feed via the old URL, you may need to update it to use:
I wish everyone a happy, healthy, tea-filled, and prosperous year of the Ox.
(「春风细雨润万物/ 清茶琴韵品人生, 心旷神怡」)
Will and I had a chat earlier about building out a glossary of tea terms (think Babelcarp) on wikicha.
Why is this better than Babelcarp?
- Searchable, sortable as a complete set.
- Anyone can add or edit
- Easy to edit in batch
- Indexed by Google, both lets users find meaningful results directly from their search engine and raises the profile of wikicha in search engines,
- You may happen upon something you didn't even know you are looking for!
So we will start by building a simple wiki table with the following columns: pinyin, simplified characters, traditional characters, wiki article link, English description.
When I have a prototype ready to go, I'll link it on this thread so folks can have a look.
In this way, we could get some good information from people who we might never hear from otherwise.
If people find this idea interesting, maybe Robert, Chrl42, and other Chinese-speaking folks could come up with a few people who really seem to know what they're talking about (either from other tea forums, or through other avenues), and approach them to see if they'd be interested. If anyone has a topic or an expert in mind, feel free to post below.
Of course, most "experts" in the tea field are those somehow involved in the industry (vendors, growers, etc.), who may be trying to advance a particular belief to help their own business interests. Not only that, but there are often a lot of "right" answers to any question about things related to tea. So ideally, a lot of these topics should be covered by a panel of at least 3-5 people.
Based on the discussions we've already had, I think the biggest topics that would be of interest to start with would be:
* Pu'er storage
* Yixing teapots
* Gong fu brewing techniques
But I'd also love to see some q&a about:
* Farming techniques
* Processing techniques
* Tea cultivars / varietals
* Specific varieties of tea (yan cha, dan cong, etc.)
(we could also see if Brian Kirbis could get some of the folks he's working with, both the farmers and academics, to answer a few questions, now that he's in Yunnan again)]]>
I'm definitely planning on installing the PM plugin for PunBB, which doesn't have PM (private messaging) functionality built in.
Chat, I'm not so sure about - I think it's one thing that makes teachat good, but it's also bad in the sense that sometimes there are really good bits of information that never make it onto the forum for everyone to read... also, I don't want the site to stay brutally on-topic, but I don't want to make it a completely social thing either. On the technical side, I think the language translations for the chat are separate, so maintaining and updating everything is a bit of a pain; not a huge deal, though. Thoughts about chat one way or another?
Improvements to the look and feel of the site *are* planned, though they may not happen immediately. If you have any strong ideas about the way the site should look, feel free to post in this thread or contact me privately. The look will definitely stay simple and stripped down, but the colors will probably change to something a little warmer, and I'm going to try to come up with some sort of header.]]>
...might be nice to setup a wiki or google docs at some point for working on translations, so that the language can be polished...
I would really like to see a google docs or Wiki set up so documents could be viewed and edited by others. I like these programs because they save all the versions of the document so there is no danger of loosing information. Wiki is nice because you can make notes without editing the text as it appears.
I wanted to open some documents on my google docs account to public editing, but I don't think that's possible. You can publish it, or you can add other users to a list of people allowed to edit. But public editing seems impossible on a private account.
One of my documents I want to open for public editing is a list of Wuyi Yancha Cultivars that I am working on compiling. I thought it would be useful to have a list people could check with the Chinese, the pinyin and some popular English renderings (sometimes there are lots). Also many cultivars have alternative names in Chinese as well. With a setup like this people could make notes on where they found the tea, different names, etc.
I would also like translations to be posted. Other people commenting on parts of the translation unclear to them would be a great help even if they didn't feel confident to edit themselves.]]>
My hope is not to exclude newcomers, but simply to keep the focus of the forum fairly narrow. Discussion of teas from other areas (or of completely off-topic subjects) is welcome, but only in the designated forums. To ensure that this is as friendly and neutral an environment as possible, discussion of politics or politically controversial topics should be avoided, even in the off-topic forum. That's not to say that these aren't important issues, just that this is not the appropriate venue for discussing them.
Vendors are welcome to both visit and post to the forum, however they should refrain from direct self-promotion, and should identify themselves as the vendor (and stick to facts) if they're directly responding to a comment or complaint.
Brief translations of text written by others is allowed and encouraged, however, you must credit / cite your source (either by linking to the URL or by providing bibliographic information if translating a paper source). If you are the author of something translated on this site, and you object to your work being posted here, please contact the forum administrators, and we'll be happy to take down the offending post.
The use of sock puppets (i.e., creating multiple identities to agree with oneself) is not allowed; sock puppets will be removed at the discretion of the moderators.
- William Yardley, 10/31/2008
威尔斯拉克 翻 戊子年十月初七