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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]
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 12:25:29 AM


* * *     CC et al,     * * *

Are you guys going to be in on Friday to pick up a poll?
In case you need it early, here is one we have ready —

Do you believe Top Tier gasoline is better for vehicle engines?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion

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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 10:34:53 AM

Other might include doing a combination of any of the above.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 6:49:27 AM

How about

How do you usually enter the GasBuddy Prize drawing?
• I use as many tickets whenever possible
• I save points and enter drawing
• I enter when I feel lucky
• Other
• I don't enter drawing
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 11:57:50 PM

There are really only two ways to enter the drawing —
1) You buy tickets whenever you have earned up enough points, which would typically mean buying one or two at a time, or
2) You save your points and buy a number of tickets at once, which could be weekly or monthly or any random period of time.

So, those are more verbose ways of saying, “I buy tickets as I earn points” or “I save my points so I can buy blocks of tickets,” which can be further condensed to, “Save points, buy in blocks.” Those are really the only methods. Buying when you feel lucky is rationale for clicking the mouse now as opposed to some other time but it is not a method. Honestly, I do not know what “Other” might be but it does not hurt to leave it in there.

I don’t mean to be harsh but the first two answers as originally posted do not even make sense grammatically. That’s not uncommon for first attempts; they just need to be refined.

How do you usually enter the GasBuddy Prize drawing?
• I buy tickets as I earn points
• Save points, buy in blocks
• Enter when I feel lucky
• Other
• I don't enter drawing

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 11:38:53 AM

How's this?

How do you usually enter the GasBuddy Prize drawing?
• Enter as many tickets whenever possible
• Save points and enter drawing
• Enter when I feel lucky
• Other
• I don't enter drawing
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 11:07:32 AM

I like jrsva's second answer. It simplifies it to the point.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 5:07:52 AM

I'm more in favor of z's answers, especially the 1st one. jrsva's 1st answer doesn't really address the question.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 11:20:01 PM

A couple of revisions of wording to consider —

How do you usually enter the GasBuddy Prize drawing?
• I buy tickets as I earn points
• Save points, buy in blocks
• Enter when I feel lucky
• Other
• I don't enter drawing

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bugc
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 9:45:41 PM

How about adding usually:

How do you usually enter the GasBuddy Prize drawing?
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 9:18:41 AM

New suggestion:

How do you enter the GasBuddy Prize drawing?
- Enter as many tickets whenever possible
- Save points and enter drawing
- Enter when I feel lucky
- Other
- I don't enter drawing
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CC
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 12:15:27 PM

Entered. Thank you.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 11:52:04 PM

* * * *     Moderator     * * * *

Here is our proposed poll for next week; please leave us a note when you get it —

Compared to last year, will your driving for holiday gatherings be:
• A lot more than last year
• A little more than last year
• About the same as last year
• Less than last year
• Going by alternate means (plane, train, etc.)
• I’m not traveling at all this year / not my turn

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 11:37:53 PM


Definitely not a big deal but let's just talk about things here first.
At least now we know what PD wants so we will simply repeat every year.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 9:57:59 PM

Hey let 'em run the poll and get the same results. It's really not that big of a deal.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 9:28:38 PM

PD - this is a community that works together on the polls, and I still feel (as did others) that it was not appropriate to first WB you w/out suggesting we see if it was to be run. Besides, GBO has never had any problem with overriding our polls before.

Sorry, I still feel it was wrong to go to your board w/out saying why don't we PM or WB you as indicated by Jrvsa.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 6:20:44 PM

Thank you, PD, for the explanation and clarification on top tier fuel. Happy Holidays!
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PD
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 4:05:26 PM

Top Tier is gasoline only FYI.

[Edited by: PD at 11/20/2014 4:05:38 PM EST]
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PD
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 4:02:07 PM

ziyulu- thank YOU for bringing it up on my whiteboard. There isn't enough time in the day to make sure everything is working the way it should.

It shouldn't be "brought up" every year. It should be run every year without question, regardless of your or my personal feelings on the question, or how repetitive it may appear. The wording is not to change at all.

TxJeans- I'm very disappointed that you appear to be "scolding" ziyulu for his appropriate action.

Having said that, one of our mods would have brought it to my attention directly later in the week anyway.



[Edited by: PD at 11/20/2014 4:04:04 PM EST]
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 8:21:38 AM

My limited understanding of Top Tier additives is that the added detergents are meant to reduce harmful buildup on certain of the engine’s components including the fuel injectors, intake valves and combustion chamber.

There is probably no way for consumers to notice much difference in performance unless the fuel injection becomes fouled and or inoperable over time, or when sticky intake valves result in reduced or imbalanced compression on some cylinders causing an uneven idle and engine “clatter”. For this reason, I’d leave engine in the poll.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 7:26:51 AM

I agree with z. Don't mention engine.

Do you believe Top Tier gasoline is better for vehicles?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion

We could also put the link to the top tier site in the question.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 11/20/2014 7:27:38 AM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 6:47:00 AM

Let's not mention engines. There are lots of other things affected by fuel in a car like the intake valves, fuel lines, fuel tank, catalytic converter, etc.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 11:29:38 PM

I think it is definitive that Top Tier applies only to gasoline. The web address is “toptiergas.com” and the page heading is “TOP TIER GASOLINE.” The first paragraph on their home page states, “TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline is the premier standard for gasoline performance. Seven of the world's top automakers . . . recognize that the current EPA minimum detergent requirements do not go far enough to ensure optimal engine performance.”

I don’t really object to saying “fuel” in the question but I think “gasoline” is more appropriate.
And let's say "vehicle engines," not just "vehicles."

Do you believe Top Tier gasoline is better for vehicle engines?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion


[Edited by: jrsva at 11/19/2014 11:35:42 PM EST]
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 11:15:15 PM

Z, “I'm not sure what I did that was not right.”

IMO, not bringing it up here before asking PD so we can discuss it. It’s not a big deal.
I just wanted to answer your concern but let’s not get hung up on it.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 9:44:44 PM

Couldn't agree more, TxJeans.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 7:51:37 PM

Regarding the holiday poll...

Personally, I would have let the "holiday" one slide as it has not been interesting and not bring it onto the radar by directly asking PD. In the past, they either just run what they want, or throw a topic out to us to refine. Now, we appear to be stuck with it...since it was asked in the manner to elicit an affirmative.

It would have been nice to discuss it here first before contacting PD directly outside the group. Just my take.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 4:49:15 PM

I can't find anything definitive about top tier diesel.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 4:21:58 PM

jrsva,

I did ask him on his whiteboard and now I posted that he was okay with it here. If I had asked him here, he would not have seen it. I'm not sure what I did that was not right.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 4:12:15 PM

jrsva, I do not know whether or not Top Tier includes diesel, I was reacting to the assertion that this was the case and adjusted the question accordingly. I'll let those that made the claim do the research to confirm or refute it... :-)
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 3:36:10 PM

Z, it is fine with me to run that holiday (not Thanksgiving) poll again this year if PD wants it to be run. Just two thoughts:

A) I agree with Scout, the results are about the same, not very interesting usually, but I guess it could be different this year with lower gas prices.
B) I don’t like this stuff being brought up via WB instead of here in the forum. At least post something here like, “I have asked PD whether he wants to run . . . .” and then post his answer when you get it. Otherwise the rest of us are flying blind.

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 3:25:14 PM

Scout, “Top Tier is also available for diesel.”
BD, “Also, need to incorporate diesel.”

Can either of you guys document that? According to the Top Tier web site, it is a detergent package for gasoline. No mention of diesel whatever.

I have no problem using the word “fuel” in the question instead of “gasoline” but, unless someone can show otherwise, gasoline is what we are talking about. I agree that we do not need “I do not use gasoline” as long as the question is generalized, no longer asking about “your vehicle.”

328, Do you believe Top Tier fuel is better for vehicles?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 11:12:16 AM

And each year the results are about the same.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 11:00:05 AM

PD wants us to run this poll next week (see confirmation on my whiteboard):

Compared to last year, will your driving for holiday gatherings be:
- A lot more than last year
- A little more than last year
- About the same as last year
- Less than last year
- Going by alternate means (plane, train, etc.)
- I’m not traveling at all this year/not my turn
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 12:14:22 AM

The Thanksgiving poll was done by sending email offering 5000 points to take the poll.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 4:57:48 PM

OK by me.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 4:18:55 PM

I am fine with removing the "motor" from in front of vehicles.

328, Do you believe Top Tier fuel is better for vehicles?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 3:38:04 PM

Agreed, bugc - if it is an opinion poll you don't need an "I don't use gasoline" option, but the question should be re-worded. Also, need to incorporate diesel. So, try this on for size:

328, Do you believe Top Tier fuel is better for vehicles?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 10:09:52 AM

Top Tier is also available for diesel.

328, Do you believe Top Tier fuel is better for your vehicle?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion
• I don't use vehicle fuel
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 9:42:28 AM

So top tier excludes diesel?
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 9:14:25 AM

It is an opinion poll question so you don't have to use top tier to have an opinion.

Therefore change
Do you believe Top Tier gasoline is better for your vehicle?
to
Do you believe Top Tier gasoline is better?
or
Would you trust Top Tier gasoline more than others?
or something like that...


Perhaps this evolves to branded vs unknown fuels.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 7:13:18 AM

Do you believe Top Tier fuel is better for motor vehicles?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion

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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 5:13:23 AM

Top Tier is also available for diesel.

328, Do you believe Top Tier fuel is better for your vehicle?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion
• I don't use vehicle fuel

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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 1:03:28 AM

P.S.   “What’s Top Tier” is not essential but I would leave it in. We could gain some insight on how many folks even understand the question.

From PD’s blog it appears that GB has already run a Thanksgiving travel poll, just not here. The Mods often ask us to set up a holiday-travel poll, covering the season from Thanksgiving to New Years, but no one has mentioned it so far this year. Personally, I would leave it alone unless we are asked.

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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 12:17:46 AM

I think we actually need “I don’t use gasoline” in both of the polls under discussion.
#327 asks, “Do you notice . . . ?” If you do not use gasoline you might have an opinion but you will not *notice* a difference.
#328 asks if it is “better for your vehicle?” That also cannot be true unless you have a gasoline-powered vehicle. Both of these polls specifically involve gasoline.

327, Do you notice a difference in performance when using different brands of gasoline?
• Yes
• No
• I don't change brands
• I don't use gasoline

328, Do you believe Top Tier gasoline is better for your vehicle?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion
• I don't use gasoline

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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 12:08:34 AM

In the Top Tier question we need to say ‘gasoline’ and not ‘fuel.’ Top Tier is a detergent package for gasoline only. According to theTop Tier web site, the following brands meet TT standards in the US:
76 Stations
Aloha Petroleum
ARCO
Beacon
BP
Chevron
Conoco
Costco Wholesale
CountryMark
Diamond Shamrock
Entec Stations
Express Convenience Centers
Exxon
Hawaii Fueling Network (HFN)
Holiday Stationstores
Kwik Trip / Kwik Star
MFA Oil Co.
Mobil
Ohana Fuels
Phillips 66
Quik Trip
Road Ranger
Shamrock
Shell
Sinclair
Suncor Energy Inc
SuperAmerica
Texaco
Tri-Par Oil Co.
Valero

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 8:26:31 PM

"Are we going to run the Thanksgiving poll this week? It ties nicely into PD's blog today."

Why? Thanksgiving was last month!
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 5:14:53 PM

Personally, I would leave the "What's Top Tier" -- but I am fine either way.
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 4:03:05 PM

I agree that I don't use gasoline can go from the top tier poll. As Z noted, most could still have an opinion and, if not, they have no opinion. I think the same logic applies to "What is top tier". If you don't know what it is and you are too lazy to google it, you simply have no opinion.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 2:55:51 PM

Are we going to run the Thanksgiving poll this week? It ties nicely into PD's blog today.
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 8:42:50 AM

Interesting to see results of this weeks poll. About the same amount of buddies post regular only as those that post all grades.
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 8:17:36 AM

Yeah I think it does, z.328, Do you believe Top Tier fuel is better for your vehicle?
• Yes
• No
• What is Top Tier?
• No opinion
• I don't use vehicle fuel
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 8:11:00 AM

Also, should we change "gasoline" to "fuel"? Top tier refers to diesel as well, right?
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