Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    2:57 PM

Message Forum - Read Message

Category: Talk back to us! > Topics Add to favorite topics   Post new topicPost New Topic
Author Topic: Suggest an Opinion Poll Question Back to Topics
DC

Moderator
Message Posted: Feb 20, 2001 9:38:26 PM

On GasBuddy, there are two types of polls. Polls about fuel, fuel prices, vehicles, driving, etc. are called Opinion Polls. New Opinion Polls are created each week, and presented on the left side of the home page; members can earn 100 points each week for answering them.

Polls about the workings of this Web site are called Member Polls. The link to the Member Polls is only present when a member is logged in, but is shown at the top of every page. Member Polls are created only occasionally, when and if the admins feel the need. (No points are earned for answering Member Polls.)

If you have a suggestion for an OPINION Poll, you may post it here for the admins' consideration; please do NOT post such suggestions in the Member Polls topic.

If you have a suggestion for a MEMBER Poll, those suggestions should be posted in the Member Polls topic, and NOT here.

[Edited by: GM at 4/10/2008 11:27:57 AM EST]
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
Profile Pic
ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

Posts:11,146
Points:2,214,275
Joined:Aug 2007
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 1:20:14 PM

Good point. I've also seen stations with more than one sign and each sign with different grades of fuel.
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 1:13:28 PM

What if a station has more than one street sign? How is it determined which one is the main one?
Profile Pic
ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

Posts:11,146
Points:2,214,275
Joined:Aug 2007
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 11:12:02 AM

What about "Prices on main sign"? Would that be clearer?
Profile Pic
Byte_Doctor
Champion Author Akron

Posts:6,730
Points:1,329,540
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 7:31:36 AM

Although I don't think the "street signs" change is really needed for the price posting question, I'm OK with it if that's how we want to proceed.
Profile Pic
Byte_Doctor
Champion Author Akron

Posts:6,730
Points:1,329,540
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 7:30:24 AM

I'm OK with #323 as-is.
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 7:29:17 AM

Street signs would be the electronic or plastic number or sandwich board type signs that are visible from the street. They would not be signs on top of the pumps.

Prices visible from the street could be the ones on top of the pumps as well as the street signs.
Profile Pic
ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

Posts:11,146
Points:2,214,275
Joined:Aug 2007
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 7:07:03 AM

Define street signs. What if we just say "Prices visible from the street"?
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 5:12:04 AM

Maybe we need to add a little to this question for clarity.

When I post prices on GasBuddy I most frequently post:
• Regular only
• Diesel only
• All grades on the street signs
• All grades sold
• Other
• I don’t post prices
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 5:10:59 AM

I'm fine with 323.
Profile Pic
jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:12,717
Points:2,225,100
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 1:12:11 AM

Before taking up the price-posting question we were working on this one; let’s finish it up.

323, Which of these types of vehicles did you drive most recently?
• Electric
• Hybrid
• CNG or hydrogen
• Bio-fuel
• None of the above

BTW, Nomo, we have a couple of polls in the queue; we’ll propose your poll to the Mods in the next few weeks. Thanks for proposing it and for sticking around for the discussion. Please join in discussing other polls if you like.

Profile Pic
jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:12,717
Points:2,225,100
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 1:02:15 AM

“In my experience, ‘All grades on the signs’ would be synonymous with ‘All grades sold’ if you included the signs on top of the pumps.”

The diesel pump at the Exxon in Monterey is the only station I know of that has a sign on top of the pump anywhere in this area. I think we are OK with it as is; I imagine most folks will consider ‘signs’ to mean the large signs that are visible from a distance.

Profile Pic
LarryMarg
Champion Author New York

Posts:2,562
Points:599,400
Joined:Feb 2012
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 12:06:36 AM

> I’m wondering why the two “only” answers are separated

1. When I suggested my addition to what you had proposed, I thought it might be presumptuous to add it near the top.
2. I thought there would be a smaller number of people choosing that than the choices above it.

However, I'm fine with your rearrangement.

> One of my daily stations shows all three gas prices on their large sign and their diesel price on a smaller sign on top of the diesel pump.

That raises an interesting point - should "All grades on the signs" be changed to "All grades on the street signs", to exclude signs on top of the pumps? (In my experience, "All grades on the signs" would be synonymous with "All grades sold" if you included the signs on top of the pumps.)
Profile Pic
Nomofriggincube
Champion Author Miami

Posts:10,363
Points:1,999,155
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 5:52:42 PM

I am good either way. There are some stations that do sell only diesel. There may be some gas buddies that only post them, but either way, it gets my question finally asked. Thank you all!
Profile Pic
bugc
Champion Author Boston

Posts:17,809
Points:3,607,425
Joined:Mar 2004
Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 2:39:14 PM

OK, I'll go along.
Profile Pic
ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

Posts:11,146
Points:2,214,275
Joined:Aug 2007
Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 8:06:23 AM

I know of a few gas stations in my area that only sell diesel.
Profile Pic
TxJeans
Champion Author Tampa

Posts:7,438
Points:826,325
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 7:48:38 AM

I am fine with jrsva's last tweak.
Profile Pic
Byte_Doctor
Champion Author Akron

Posts:6,730
Points:1,329,540
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 7:11:50 AM

I like jrsva's recent tweak to the poll:

When I post prices on GasBuddy I most frequently post:
• Regular only
• Diesel only
• All grades on the signs
• All grades sold
• Other
• I don’t post prices
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 6:51:25 AM

I vote for

When I post prices on GasBuddy I most frequently post:
• Regular only
• Diesel only
• All grades on the signs
• All grades sold
• Other
• I don’t post prices
Profile Pic
jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:12,717
Points:2,225,100
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 12:11:28 AM

I’m wondering why the two “only” answers are separated; how about this:

If we want to go with the question Nomo proposed, maybe we could try this:
When I post prices on GasBuddy I most frequently post:
• Regular only
• Diesel only
• All grades on the signs
• All grades sold
• Other
• I don’t post prices

Profile Pic
jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:12,717
Points:2,225,100
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 12:10:44 AM

“I'm not even sure anyone is inclined to post ‘All except diesel’ - or at least I can't think of a reason why one might do that.”

I do not do that but I can offer one reason to do it: One of my daily stations shows all three gas prices on their large sign and their diesel price on a smaller sign on top of the diesel pump. It is visible from the street but not from the same location where one can read the large sign. I can think of several other stations that show all three gas prices on their sign but no diesel price; that would be covered by the “All grades on the signs” answer.

Profile Pic
Nomofriggincube
Champion Author Miami

Posts:10,363
Points:1,999,155
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 5:44:34 PM

LarryM is right on the money.
Profile Pic
Byte_Doctor
Champion Author Akron

Posts:6,730
Points:1,329,540
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 2:13:43 PM

I don't know, bugc, I think I'd be inclined to show "Diesel only" as the choice. Mostly because I think the "Diesel only" option attempts to catch the folks who are only interested in diesel prices, presumably because they drive a diesel and have set their default to show diesel prices. Although it isn't likely to draw much of a response it could be interesting.

On the other hand, I'm not even sure anyone is inclined to post "All except diesel" - or at least I can't think of a reason why one might do that. I could be wrong of course, it will be interesting to see other opinions.
Profile Pic
ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

Posts:11,146
Points:2,214,275
Joined:Aug 2007
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 1:43:50 PM

My question is whether people post from street signs or pump prices.
Profile Pic
bugc
Champion Author Boston

Posts:17,809
Points:3,607,425
Joined:Mar 2004
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 11:02:39 AM

Would it be more useful to ask:
• All except Diesel
instead of
• Diesel only

Profile Pic
Byte_Doctor
Champion Author Akron

Posts:6,730
Points:1,329,540
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 10:52:31 AM

I also like LarryM's suggestion:

When I post prices on GasBuddy I most frequently post:
• Regular only
• All grades on the signs
• All grades sold
• Diesel only
• Other
• I don’t post prices

Profile Pic
bugc
Champion Author Boston

Posts:17,809
Points:3,607,425
Joined:Mar 2004
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 9:19:20 AM

I like LarryM's suggestion:

When I post prices on GasBuddy I most frequently post:
• Regular only
• All grades on the signs
• All grades sold
• Diesel only
• Other
• I don’t post prices

I doubt there will be many posting Diesel only. I think it is more common to post all except Diesel.

There are many instances where
• All grades on the signs
• All grades sold
both apply, but I don't have a problem with that.
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 7:04:22 AM

Here's another

When posting prices, what should the source be?

- Street signage
- Pump
- Either
- N/A

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 10/28/2014 7:04:32 AM EST]
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 7:02:39 AM

OK how's this

Do you think gas stations should be required to post prices of ALL fuel sold at their station?
- Yes
- No
- I don't know
Profile Pic
LarryMarg
Champion Author New York

Posts:2,562
Points:599,400
Joined:Feb 2012
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 12:28:40 AM

How do people feel about:

When I post prices on GasBuddy I most frequently post:
• Regular only
• All grades on the signs
• All grades sold
• Diesel only
• Other
• I don’t post prices
Profile Pic
jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:12,717
Points:2,225,100
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 12:01:37 AM

The question, “How are prices displayed for the gas station you frequent most?” does not appeal to me. I can’t answer it personally because I get gas from my farm tank most of the time and when I buy from a public station they are all over the lot, once or twice a year. I have no clue which one I used most often. Yeah, I know, unusual situation.

If we ask, “Do you think gas stations should be required to post signs [for] prices of fuel sold?” what about cash prices and credit prices as well as the various grades?

If we want to go with the question Nomo proposed, maybe we could try this:
When I post prices on GasBuddy I most frequently post:
• Regular only
• All grades on the signs
• All grades sold
• Other
• I don’t post prices

The only problem I see would occur if one’s stations post prices for all grades they sell, then two answers would apply. Will that be a problem for a lot of people? I don’t know.

Profile Pic
Nomofriggincube
Champion Author Miami

Posts:10,363
Points:1,999,155
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 7:27:56 PM

Do you post.....

A.Regular Only
B. All Grades at posting station
Profile Pic
ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

Posts:11,146
Points:2,214,275
Joined:Aug 2007
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 3:14:49 PM

Do you think gas stations should be required to post prices of ALL fuel sold at their station?

Option 2 should be No, if you said the word "ALL" in the question.
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 2:26:47 PM

How about

Do you think gas stations should be required to post prices of ALL fuel sold at their station?
- Yes, all grades
- Yes, just regular
- No
- I don't know
Profile Pic
ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

Posts:11,146
Points:2,214,275
Joined:Aug 2007
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 1:31:54 PM

How about this for an opinion?

Do you think gas stations should be required to post signs of prices of fuel sold?
- Yes, all grades
- Yes, just regular
- No
- I don't know
Profile Pic
Byte_Doctor
Champion Author Akron

Posts:6,730
Points:1,329,540
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 1:21:51 PM

The price signage poll isn't very appealing to me for a couple of reasons.
First, it is a survey rather than an opinion poll.
Second, the choices aren't particularly inclusive (yes, I know that "other" catches the rest but in this area I see a lot of U/M/D and U/P signs and a few U/P/D signs.)

Unfortunately I don't see any way to fix those two problems.
Profile Pic
ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

Posts:11,146
Points:2,214,275
Joined:Aug 2007
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 12:37:13 PM

Another great article posted that goes well with our poll:

See which states allow direct sales of Tesla cars
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 10:50:53 AM

I like that z.
Profile Pic
ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

Posts:11,146
Points:2,214,275
Joined:Aug 2007
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 10:13:27 AM

How about this?

How are prices displayed for the gas station you frequent most?
- Regular only
- Regular and diesel
- Regular, mid, premium, and diesel
- Regular, mid, and premium
- Other
Profile Pic
jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:12,717
Points:2,225,100
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 9:58:00 AM

All good reasons. Since my aging brain cannot reliably remember prices unless they are unchanged for weeks, I use a voice recorder while driving and then post when I get home. I don’t have a smart phone so no option to app them. With the recorder it is easy enough to say, “99-19-39-55" as I pass the station. I used to post every station I saw but I quit doing that when TPTB made posting from the map so inhospitable. But let’s not get into that here!

Profile Pic
TxJeans
Champion Author Tampa

Posts:7,438
Points:826,325
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 8:14:16 AM

"The problem with apps if you drive is finding the best opportunity to report."

Exactly. I am not one to try and post while driving or even just at a stop light (I like to remain aware of traffic around me even when stopped at a light).

I tend, when not a passenger with time to real time post, to post the brands that I tend to use or stations I am familiar with as I cannot remember the prices for all stations I might pass on a trip. So, my posting of prices depends on a number of things - availability of suitable posting en-route, stations I tend to watch for trending, and stations I tend to buy from, and stations I can confidently remember their prices by the time I am able stop and post from the AP or PC. And, since the majority of stations around me only post REG or REG+Diesel on the signs, it is often those that fit the list that I will remember for posting.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 10/27/2014 8:16:05 AM EST]
Profile Pic
a5
Champion Author Ottawa

Posts:4,801
Points:2,640,910
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 8:01:21 AM

Nomo, since there is no limit on how many prices we can post, why not post ALL the prices you see instead of just limiting yourself to what you perceive to be more useful? When you post at home, do you always remember all the prices and when they were spotted? If so, great, but I tend to forget and sometimes so much time has passed that the report becomes less beneficial to others. That's why I use both apps and computers depending on convenience. The problem with apps if you drive is finding the best opportunity to report.
Profile Pic
Nomofriggincube
Champion Author Miami

Posts:10,363
Points:1,999,155
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 7:48:09 AM

I don't use apps. I post after seeing the prices when I arrive at home. I simply remember the stations I want to post, and then post them. I think it is more useful to post 5 different stations than 3 prices at one. I don't generally post more than 5 per day. Perhaps thatcould be another question at some point>
Profile Pic
Byte_Doctor
Champion Author Akron

Posts:6,730
Points:1,329,540
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 7:17:56 AM

" I don’t understand why anyone would fail to post all prices shown on the big signs. You can generally get your daily points with just two stations instead of five if you post regular only."

Another possible reason is that the app makes it easy to confirm the current price displayed in the app which by default is regular but could be whatever grade the user wants. Whatever the reason, I see a lot of members in my area that just post the price for regular and ignore the other prices on the signs.
Profile Pic
TxJeans
Champion Author Tampa

Posts:7,438
Points:826,325
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 3:33:04 AM

" I don’t understand why anyone would fail to post all prices shown on the big signs. You can generally get your daily points with just two stations instead of five if you post regular only."

The only thing I can think why someone might not post all prices on the sign would be that they could remember 10 stations with Regular (or what grade they buy) easier than remembering all the grades...

I only sometimes post with the APP because so often I am either in traffic, or the darn thing spins and doesn't post. So, when I am visiting in an area where I am not as familiar like I have been this week, it is easier for me to remember all the REG prices for many stations along my path than remember two stations with all prices.

For instance, on the way to and from a place I am driving to 3 times a day, I pass a number of stations. all but a few of them only post the reg or reg and diesel. I can easily remember that all but 2 had 2.99 and the 2 that had 3.01, but I can't remember what the other grades were on those same stations. I am focused on the REG because I know I will need to fill up along that route in the next day or so, and I use REG.

On the other hand, when I stop and actually fill up, I post all grades.

Z had suggested a version earlier asking what is displayed, rather than what members post. I have no problem with using a survey question when we feel the need is there.
Profile Pic
jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:12,717
Points:2,225,100
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 1:43:12 AM

I think we can work something out to cover Nomo’s question with an acceptable number of choices. I don’t have time to think about it right now. I don’t understand why anyone would fail to post all prices shown on the big signs. You can generally get your daily points with just two stations instead of five if you post regular only. Yes, it is a survey question but it is relevant to GB so I say let’s do it.
Profile Pic
Nomofriggincube
Champion Author Miami

Posts:10,363
Points:1,999,155
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 4:04:18 PM

Do you post 5 different stations of "Regular" only, or 5 different stations of "Regular, mid and premium, or any combination on any different day?
Profile Pic
scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

Posts:97,397
Points:3,863,340
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 1:11:10 PM

How about

Do your trust your mechanic?
- Yes
- No
- Depends on the repair
- No opinion / NA
Profile Pic
TxJeans
Champion Author Tampa

Posts:7,438
Points:826,325
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 12:28:10 PM

I think we were talking about this previously and shelved it as we were having problems coming up with 6 or less options and it is more of a survey than opinion.

(what post)
Profile Pic
bugc
Champion Author Boston

Posts:17,809
Points:3,607,425
Joined:Mar 2004
Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 10:55:46 AM

Nomo- 2007 #17 asked:

Now with the ability to post multiple gasoline grades, do you regularly post...
only Regular? 58%
only Mid grade? 0%
only Premium? 1%
only Diesel? 1%
all available? 12%
a mixed combination? 20%
Don't post gas prices. 5%
Total votes: 15714

I'd suggest adding "Only prices on the sign" but we would need to simplify to reduce the number of choices.
Profile Pic
bugc
Champion Author Boston

Posts:17,809
Points:3,607,425
Joined:Mar 2004
Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 10:43:45 AM

Mechanic honesty is a good question, but those who use a dealer's service department face a whole different situation. I expect the dealer mechanics are honest, but the "service advisors" are not. How to reword the question?
Profile Pic
Nomofriggincube
Champion Author Miami

Posts:10,363
Points:1,999,155
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 10:32:35 AM

I would like to know if our gas buddies post just regular or take the time to post all the different available gasoline at the station. I for one, normally post only regular, but on occasion will post all. I would like to know how other gas buddies do their posting.
Post a reply Back to Topics