wyardley wrote:But also, I do think that vendors don't really "get" to speak purely as a private person. If people know you run a business, in a sense, you're always representing it, whether you like it or not. ... I think that if you want to keep your ability to speak as a private individual, don't start a tea-related business in the first place.
tenuki wrote:This is a proposal to add a feature to teachat forums and IM.
There are so many vendors on here it's difficult sometimes to distinguish the regular users from vendors. I think it would be very helpful to add a 'vendor' badge or ribbon across the corner of the icons of users who are vendors both in instant messenger and in the forums. This may be similar to the 'online' badge or a small colored frame around their picture or whatever.
Comments by vendors on all sorts of topics have an entirely different context and weight than comments by regular users, and I think knowing who is a vendor would be very very helpful in filtering information and giving it proper context.
Devoted135 wrote:I like the idea of being able to figure out who is a vendor, but also agree that ideally vendors should be able to participate both as a tea lover and a representative of their company. To me, this is akin to how sometimes Chip posts as a member, and sometimes he has to put his "moderator hat" on.
wyardley wrote: tea vendors, a lot of the time, whether intentionally or not, their opinions shape their sales agendas and vice-versa -- and sometimes it's hard to know which for sure.