Xell wrote:And second part what i also think is important is sharing a little about your tea experience background. For example when two people try same sencha, but one was long time japanese tea drinker and one was mostly oolong drinker their reviews will certainly be really different. Without mentioning background they can become quite confusing. And if mention, then people with same preference can understand more .
Very good point.
Also, I know that OTTIs are generally open for everyone and anyone and that's great for new members. However, I think that in order to be able to participate in an OTTI, you should have been an active member before and specifically, I think you should have discussed teas on several occasions before, be it on TeaDays or the "What X are you currently drinking?" threads.
I don't think that people with 1 post should be allowed to participate in an OTTI (or a teaware SO for that matter).
And please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that OTTIs should only be available to a small elite group of active long time members (and I probably wouldn't count myself toward that group). I'm just trying to say that in order for the OTTI to be successful, the quality of the discussion should be in the focus.
There should be sufficient reason to believe that a member applying for an OTTI spot
a) appears to be somewhat experienced with brewing tea (This doesn't necessarily have to be the kind of tea that's being tasted. Tasting is also about trying new stuff.) and
b) has talked about the teas they have had in the past.