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Topic: Forum Manifesto / Rules

This forum is primarily intended for discussion of Chinese and Japanese teas and teaware. The goal is to create an environment that will facilitate discussion in multiple languages, and (possibly) eventually even facilitate translation of important posts or discussions from one language to another, if people are willing to volunteer their time and energy to do the translation. My hope is not to replace existing forums, but simply to provide a venue for discussion and cross-cultural exchange that doesn't really exist currently.

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


这个论坛主要是讨论中国和日本的茶叶,茶具与茶文化。我们的目标是创造一个多语言的环境来便利讨论。如果有志愿者愿意付出时间和精力,本站长希望把最精致的帖子与对话从一种语言翻成另一种语言便利国际交流。创立本网站的目标不是为了取代已有的论坛,而是创造一个前所未有的关于茶道的国际交流场所。

本站长不想排斥新人,而想保持论坛的重点话题。讨论其他地区产的茶叶或完全没有相关茶的话题,只能在指定的论坛发帖子。本站所有论坛要保持友好和中立的环境,禁止讨论政治以及争议的话题。

欢迎厂商访问与发帖子,但请避免直接自我宣传和灌水广告。厂商若想回复本论坛上关于自己产品的评论,请自觉确认自己的身份,坚持事实。不允许用其他身份炒作人气和信誉。

在这个论坛上创造多重账户来同意或支持自己的看法是不允许的;管理人员会按照个人判断将多余账户立刻删除。

-威廉雅德利, 2008年十月三十一日
威尔斯拉克 翻 戊子年十月初七