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  • #10092

    peter
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    I think we can actually do better than that. There is so much information that can come out of the Expo that it would be hard to follow and discuss in a single thread.  So, I’ve created a new dedicated forum for the topic where all Expo related posts, promotions, discussions and chatter can go.

    Hopefully we can get it promoted and get some traction for it and the attendees can come here to post their reports from the show.

  • #10083

    peter
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    @peter

    @maria a more common anglicized spelling you will often find is tie guan yin otherwise called, The Iron Goddess of Mercy. This may be why any internet searches you tried weren’t much help.

    Tony Gebley once wrote a little blurb about it and describes the Monkey Picked part. I also found a generic website that also has a longer write up about it all here.

    Without making any endorsements at all, here are six online retailers that sell it. I found them through Google and list them in no particular order. Quality and value may vary. No doubt there are others.

    Samovar Teas

    Aroma Tea House

    The Fragrant Leaf

    Teavivre

    Imperial Tea Court

    Red Blossom Tea Company

    If you end up ordering some, I’d be really interested to know which one and what you thought of it be sure to come back and let us know how it went! Of course, I’m most interested in finding out how it lives up to the memory and if it satisfies a 20-year-old craving. 😉

  • #10040

    peter
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    @peter

    This is a topic that bears discussion.

    I don’t think the products are huge problem, since we only have a few sellers. The products are designed to enter the activity stream anytime a seller adds or updates a product. Historically, I don’t think its been a problem since we have only a few sellers. The Tea Planet locations work on the same principle, however, they are going to be a lot more of them and, hopefully, get added with some regularity.

    Right now, the way Tea Planet works the same way, but because of your feedback, I’ve changed the way it behaves when it is updated to prevent it from getting “bumped up” in the stream. Before this, whenever an existing location was updated, it would be recorded in the activity stream with the new timestamp from the time of the update. This caused it to get bumped and reappear since the activity is chronological. The result is that every time a typo is fixed, the activity stream record rises to the the top. I’ve also added this to products as well, to prevent them from being bumped in the stream.

    In addition to this, I altered the default text that appears in the record to read as:

    User added a new location, Jims tea shop to Tea Planet

    The bold is intentional. Also, to help differentiate the locations, I’m attempting to set the Tea Trade user @teaplanet as the poster for each one. Note that teaplanet has a unique avatar icon.

    I would like to add the products, locations, and wikis (from the hitchhiker’s guide) to the dropdown filter at the top of the activity page, but haven’t worked out a bug-free way to do that. I’ll add here, that these items are a certain kind of blog post type in WordPress called custom post types, currently I’ve got them integrated into the activity stream using a very hacky method, because there is no default way of doing it. This is why they appear in the Blog Posts filter when you use it. That said, this morning I discovered that integrating these post type items is currently under development, so in the next few months, their integration may be more elegant than what I have currently hacked into place.

    At the end of the day, Tea Planet as an integration into Tea Trade is basically ready, but is not bug-free and feedback like this is an important part of tuning it into good form.

  • #10025

    peter
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    @peter

    Sex and TeaThese guys are so behind the times. I wrote about this years ago on Leafbox Tea (and the idea wasn’t even original to me, I just made it look cool.) Are you getting enough sex with your tea?

  • #9938

    peter
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    @peter

    The SEO plugin is only available to upgrade users and must be activated in the plugins section of your dashboard. There is a learning curve in using it.

    Update for everyone: I have now made it easier and automatic to setup Google Authorship on your site using a built-in widget currently available on all websites. Using the Subscribe-Connect-Follow widget to link to your Google profile will now automatically add the relevant markup to the URL to setup Google Authorship on your site. Many of you are already using this widget and if you are using it to point visitors to your Google Plus profile, its now working automatically and you only need to setup the link back from G+ to your blog.

    This solution does not work for multi-author blogs, but works smoothly for most of you. I’ve already tested it on a number of blogs currently using the widget and it works smoothly. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to make a more detailed blog post about this in the next few days.

  • #9932

    peter
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    @peter

    @thedevotea – stores, blogs all the same.

  • #9931

    peter
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    @peter

    Just finished watching the second episode, I think it was much better than the first. She covered a lot of ground and much of it interesting. As an aside, I noticed today that an article on one of our blogs here about the Duchess of Bedford was getting a lot of visits shortly after the episode finished airing in the UK. Most of those visits were coming from the UK itself and of course, talk about afternoon tea and Duchess Anna received early billing in the episode.

    Digging a little deeper, I discovered that an article I wrote back in 2010 called Understanding Anna ranks #2  in Google behind the Wikipedia article about her (using the search term: anna russell duchess of bedford) The article itself appears to have become something of an authoritative piece of information about something so culturally important! Nice!

    In addition to Morrissey, who I found fun to watch, Matt Smith and Duchess Anna, the episode also features Henrietta Lovell whom @jackie and I have long been fans of in the tea world.

  • #9928

    peter
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    @peter

    @thedevotea I added the link using the widget method to your blog. All the stuff was there in the SEO plugin, but for some reason it wasn’t working. No problem since the widget method works seamlessly.

    Now you need to add the link back to your blog in the Contributor to section of your Google Profile. You currently have the link in place, but you need to move it to the different section of the profile.

    For everyone, to test that the circuit is working, paste the URL of your blog into this tool at Google. It will give you feedback regarding the data about your blog.

  • #9924

    peter
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    @peter

    Update, I managed to get access by signing up for a proxy server. I agree with @bram that first episode was very good. The second one that is featured in the trailer above is available now (today). Any folks wanting info about setting up a proxy account to see BBC shows can PM me and I’ll give you the details of how I did it (upside: we now have access to BBC shows!)

  • #9923

    peter
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    @peter

    Doctor Who and tea. Nice. I know we have some Doctor fans around here @supermoon10 @amazonv and few others. I would like to see the whole episode, especially the Morrissey segment (I’m an old fan, but he has gotten even more whiny in his old age…!)

  • #9922

    peter
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    @peter

    My first response is that the title of the article is a little bit misleading – you really cannot prevent someone from scraping your content or stealing your stuff. This is the internet and anything published can be stolen. In fact, simply by using a blog’s RSS feed, anyone can steal a significant amount of content automatically. When your content is stolen, in order to get the thief to remove it is basically to go to war. If they are in China, India or a number of other places, they have no obligation to remove it even if you ask, and you have no way to enforce it either. That means you have only one option, you have to outrank them.

    That said, after reviewing the article, the most useful method for doing this is using the Google Authorship technique. Here’s the video from the article talking about Authorship, there is some technical stuff mentioned, but after a few minutes they get to how it works. Basically, you need to link to your Google+ profile page and then from within your G+ account, link back to your blog. This creates a circuit of validation for your blog. Google will reward you by putting your avatar next to your blog posts in search engine results, but also Google is able to confirm the original source of content when it locates a duplicate. In response, it will downrank the thief and uprank you.

    http://youtu.be/FgFb6Y-UJUI

    This is easy to setup on Tea Trade and you can do it one of two ways. Upgraded members (those with a paid Tea Trader account) have access to the WordPress SEO plugin. To set it up in the SEO plugin, in your dashboard, go to SEO -> Titles & Metas. Select the Home tab and under Author Highlighting, choose your name and then save.

    For those using a free account, to setup Authorship, you need to add link to your website via HTML and include the rel=author attribute in the link. The easiest way to do this is by using a Text Widget in your sidebar. In your dashboard go to Appearance -> Widgets and drag a new Text Widget into one of your sidebars. Next, you’ll have to enter a snippet of HTML code to create the link.

    You can copy this code here, but you will need to edit the URL with the URL of your Google+ profile page (you can also change to link text to whatever you want):

    <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/101016413430043364540?rel=author">My Google+ Profile</a>

    Ensure that when you edit the URL, the ?rel=author is at the end, after the numbers.

    Finally, however you set it up on your site, go to your G+ profile page and edit the Links section and add the full URL to your site in the Contributor to area. This last action completes the validation and Google will check back to your site for the rel=author attribute.

    Once all said and done, you will start getting the benefits of having your recognizable avatar next to your search engine results, but also allow Google a method to validate your blog posts and prove that you are the original author.

  • #9921

    peter
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    @peter

    @barmac – Hi, I’m the technical guy here and am responsible for keeping things running and providing support for our users. Here’s a link to where you can create a new website on our network. Tea Trade is built on WordPress, so if you’ve ever used it you might be familiar with it, if not, the learning process is pretty easy.

    I have had a look at your existing blog at blog.co.uk and unfortunately, I’m not familiar with it. If you are interested in moving your your blog onto Tea Trade, I may be able to help, but it looks like blog.co.uk has a proprietary system that may make it hard to export your blog.

    I do hope you’ll join us though, there is a lot that Tea Trade has to offer!

  • #9908

    peter
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    @peter

    Of course, one of the things that you really need to be careful about is the dihydrogen monoxide content in your tea. It’s probably the most important thing to consider, generally I prefer mine to be purer and cleaner, even though it is known to be dangerous…

  • #9855

    peter
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    @peter

    I’m also going to close this thread since its for an old issue. When something like this occurs, its always best to start a new thread so it gets attention sooner.

  • #9854

    peter
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    @peter

    @thepurrfectcup – I was doing some security hardening stuff on one of the file directories and ended up locking out the image processing for all the blogs. The problem was just me tinkering around under the hood again! Sorry about that!

  • #9841

    peter
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    @peter

    @lazyliteratus here is a link to an article that clearly describes the process for scheduling posts (unfortunately, our video tutorials don’t cover this feature). Once you learn how to do it, you start noticing how it all works together. If you take a chance to try out the Edit Flow plugin, the calender module does a great job of displaying all your past and future posts on in an easy to read calender format.

    Link: How to schedule posts in WordPress

  • #9732

    peter
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    @peter

    Nice. Here’s the video for it.

  • #9653

    peter
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    @peter

    A couple years ago I had looked into  getting Tea Trade-branded journals made with the Tea Trade logo on the front. I had intended on selling it and giving it away as a promotional item, but the offering was limited to their standard journals. I wanted it to be a tea journal, but the pages would have been plain without any template for making notes about tea. The minimum order was also 500 books, which put the total cost out of our range.

    I had always wondered if they would ever expand their Passions line. There are a lot of areas they could produce journals for from that perspective and I’m actually surprised it took them this long to get to tea.

  • #9443

    peter
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    @peter

    @jackie its not trip as in travel. It’s trip as in triptych.

  • #9420

    peter
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    @peter

    @bram adding a border around the ads on all the sites across the network pretty much will not work because of how themeing works. Though it is possible to isolate small display issues like that on individual sites and deal with them. I will have a look at your site and see what I can do.

  • #9366

    peter
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    @peter

    All good points. @bram one of the things I’m also trying to highlight is that, yes, building a tea marketplace can certainly be done. There are certainly ways to do it better, though better is often a matter of perspective. There are definitely areas we can improve on, but what a marketplace does often depends on the values of those involved in it.

    Here someone can have their entire very own website, someone else make take a different model and keep folks in a more constrained visual experience. Tea Trade was initially founded on the idea of allowing people to sell off the extra tea in their kitchen. I wanted to take tea swaps that people often do with online friends and add a little financial incentive to it. The evolution of Tea Trade as an ecommerce platform evolved well away from that because our threshold to entry and learning is too high for that sort of trading commerce. Getting a whole website for yourself is not conducive to selling off a few extra packets of tea from your kitchen.

    To that end, I’ve certainly explored the idea of co-opting a classified ads-type model to re-energize our original tea swap commerce concept. Something small, easy and with a low entry threshold would do that. We certainly have the brand recognition now to support something like that.

    The other issue I tried to address in my op was that there are operational considerations to building a marketplace. A clever programmer could tech-wiz it all they want, but without a revenue model built-in to it, or a financial foundation to support in the absence of a revenue model – how far and how long can the marketplace exist? That’s an operational consideration that absolutely needs to be addressed when one starts thinking about a model for a tea marketplace.

  • #9252

    peter
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    @peter

    @techyguy717 I think perhaps you might consider the French press. It is often used for coffee, but I use one regularlya. You can find them pretty much anywhere.

    I wrote an article about them sometime ago: http://leafboxtea.com/875/the-best-modern-method-for-brewing-tea/

    I think you might find that a French press fits the bill for something your dad might enjoy.

  • #9242

    peter
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    @peter

    I’m aware of it and am looking into it. Once I get it fixed, then I’ll go through the sites and clean up the mess.

  • #9241

    peter
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    @peter

    Try clearing your cache, I’ve not seen the issue. I tested on the blog linked above an everything worked fine. The rules that handle it have been flushing across the network all afternoon (every time someone visits a dashboard, the URL rewrite get flushed – those rules are what causes the problem). I’ve going to leave the flushing script on for another 24 hours or so, though I think that clearing your browser cache should fix the problem.

  • #9238

    peter
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    @peter

    @bram – I’m familiar with the problem, it happens when I tinker with certain files and can confirm the issue. I’ve since rebooted the server and cleaned up some code in one of the files that writes the URLs, I tested it and it seems to be working.

    Can you test and confirm that it is working properly now?

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