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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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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2014 1:26:08 AM

> I’m baffled by ‘automatically.’ What triggers this action? I do not see how the car can sense when the brake is needed.

Here's an explanation of Renault's automatic parking brake. It's applied automatically when the engine stops, and assists with hill starts.

I also read about one that works with the seat belt sensors to prevent the car from rolling away if it's left in neutral and there's nobody in the driver's seat.

I agree that buttons and switches are adequately covered by "other". I do think that "they're applied automatically" is in a different category, because the person answering the poll isn't the actor in applying the brakes. However, if you don't think it's a worthwhile distinction, I won't press the issue.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2014 12:59:21 AM

As for the poll to post tomorrow for the Mods, let’s resubmit the one we put up last week that was somehow overlooked —

Does your primary vehicle have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)?
• Yes, only warning light(s)
• Yes, with pressure display
• No
• I don't know

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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2014 12:50:23 AM

> If I did by accident, I wouldn't buy fuel.

And what would your wife do if you did that? Heh (no idea if you have a wife, but I know mine would get cross at me for wasting time and continuing to drive on empty while searching for a new station.)
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2014 12:35:26 AM

When a question needs to focus on a single vehicle, we always ask about ‘one’s primary vehicle’; that was inadvertently left out of the parking-brake question.

I’m baffled by ‘automatically.’ What triggers this action? I do not see how the car can sense when the brake is needed. Regardless, I think that type of brake is rare enough, along with buttons and switches, that all of these things are adequately covered by ‘other.’

How do you apply the parking brake on your primary vehicle?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• I don't use my parking brake

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2014 12:24:23 AM

Wow, lots of discussion today. Let’s start with the cash/credit question.

The first answer choice, “Cash discount greater than my credit card discount,” is confusing in the use of ‘discount’ to describe what is essentially a rebate from one’s credit-card company. “Cash discount greater than my credit card rebate” could solve that issue but the answer is still too long. Jm’s suggestion, “When cash is cheaper than CC,” may be the best, though it leaves a lot to interpretation.

I do not see Zim’s point about “Station accepts cash only.” We are asking about the circumstances under which one would pay with cash; that is clearly one possibility. Adding “I never pay with cash unless ...” doesn’t help as that is implied in the question.

Jm thought that “I pay cash unless the station is closed but has pay-at-the-pump” is unnecessary but without it I have nowhere to go in this poll. I pay cash unless I’m stuck somewhere and using a CC is the only way I can get gas. A possible way out of this is to drop ‘always’ from the previous answer.

In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
• When cash is cheaper than CC
• Station accepts cash only
• I pay with cash
• I never pay with cash

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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 10:45:45 PM

> For the parking brake question, other would cover automatically so the extra answer is not needed.

Other possibilities include button and switch; it seemed to me that if someone has automatic parking brakes, then if the question is "How do you apply your parking brake", "Other" wouldn't really apply, because the person answering the question isn't explicitly applying the brakes. That's why I thought that "They're applied automatically" was deserving of a separate choice.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 10:23:24 PM

"So you if it were a cash only station, you would not buy fuel?"

I wouldn't pull into a cash only station. If I did by accident, I wouldn't buy fuel.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 9:18:42 PM

Z
<<<"Cash discount greater than my credit card discount"

Do many stations offer a credit card discount? The only station I know is Wal-Mart if you use a Wal-Mart credit card. >>>

I think it refers to one's cash back discount from their credit card. I get 5% cash back on two of my cards for purchasing gas (paying at the pump only). That trumps the cash price in most cases around here.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 4:09:04 PM

"Cash discount greater than my credit card discount"

Do many stations offer a credit card discount? The only station I know is Wal-Mart if you use a Wal-Mart credit card.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 4:05:45 PM

"Well, Zim, I never pay with cash regardless of the cash price. I'm sure there are many others out there that do the same thing. "

So you if it were a cash only station, you would not buy fuel?
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 1:07:09 PM

Well, Zim, I never pay with cash regardless of the cash price. I'm sure there are many others out there that do the same thing.
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 12:33:20 PM

"So?"

So I assumed we'd want an answer set with mutually exclusive responses, unless the poll now allows you to choose all answers. It's a poor option and not really necessary.

Perhaps if it were:

I never pay with cash unless station accepts only cash.

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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 11:23:57 AM

""In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I never pay with cash
"

Station accepts cash only would negate both answer 1 and 4, and overlaps with answer 3."

So?
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 10:46:26 AM

"In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I never pay with cash
"

Station accepts cash only would negate both answer 1 and 4, and overlaps with answer 3.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 7:02:25 AM

Reword the parking brake question to:

How do you apply your parking brake on your primary vehicle?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• I don't use my parking brake
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 5:09:48 AM

Too many choices.

In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I never pay with cash

For the parking brake question, other would cover automatically so the extra answer is not needed.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 1:48:58 AM

In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I pay cash unless the station is closed but has pay-at-the-pump
> I never pay with cash

The first can be rewritten:
> When cash is cheaper than CC

Also, the way the question is worded, the 4th answer seems kinda unnecessary. We don't care when you don't pay cash, we only care when you do.
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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 1:46:18 AM

For the parking brake...what if you drive two or more cars which have different parking brakes? One of my cars has a hand brake. The other has a foot pedal. What do I answer?
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 12:25:57 AM

Since ziyulu indicated that "There's also an automatic option", might it not be worth including that?

How do you apply your parking brake?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• They're applied automatically
• I don't use my parking brake
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 12:09:04 AM

In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I pay cash unless the station is closed but has pay-at-the-pump
> I never pay with cash

I added the 4th (long) answer because it describes my situation, which I’ve had to do twice in the past 20 years or so. Obviously this does not meet specs. The first answer is also too long. I worked on this in an attempt to satisfy Larry’s desires but I don’t see how to fit it into our boundary conditions and still cover the possibilities.

[Edited by: jrsva at 4/24/2014 12:09:59 AM EST]
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 11:54:14 PM

We have 3 votes for this and I have not seen any complaints. Anyone else? Can we call it done?

How do you apply your parking brake?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• I don't use my parking brake


[Edited by: jrsva at 4/23/2014 11:54:31 PM EST]
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:15:18 AM

I also agree that the cash/credit poll has been done recently enough to not merit a re-run.
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:14:40 AM

"How about this —
How do you apply your parking brake?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• I don't use my parking brake
"

I like this version of the parking brake poll.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 9:54:36 AM

"Why not? If the card reader does not work, how can you pay with a credit card?"

You walk in the store. I know I don't carry enough cash to fill my tank.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 9:18:09 AM

Why not? If the card reader does not work, how can you pay with a credit card?
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 9:06:56 AM

"We also need to include options for if your credit card is maxed out or if the credit card reader does not work."

I don't think so z.

" what's the difference between "Under no circumstances" and "I never pay with cash" ?"

I guess nothing.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 8:59:42 AM

scoutmaster - what's the difference between "Under no circumstances" and "I never pay with cash" ?

Also, one option you missed is "If the station only accepts cash".
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 7:06:06 AM

We also need to include options for if your credit card is maxed out or if the credit card reader does not work.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 6:58:12 AM

How about

In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?

> Discounted price for cash
> Under no circumstances
> I always pay with cash
> I never pay with cash
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 6:55:38 AM

jrsva,

I like your simplified version of the parking brake question.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 3:05:34 AM

LarryMarg, while I like the thought, I think the question/answers may get too complicated.

For example, for your latest comment...how much of a discount? If the cash were 5 cents cheaper? 5% cheaper? Or ...

Personally, I find the cheapest credit card taking station because I know my credit card will give me enough discount to counter the cheapest discounted cash paying location.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 12:17:28 AM

jrsva - Neither poll addressed, would you be willing to pay cash if you got a discount over paying by credit card.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 11:48:57 PM

How do you apply your parking brake?
> Foot pedal
> Hand lever
> Cord/Cable
> Button
> Automatic
> I don't use my parking brake

I get the first two. What’s this cord/cable thing? Is there a cord just hanging there that you pull like a window shade? It strikes me that a cord or cable will be attached to a handle or a pedal so that one of the first two would apply.

And a button? You just push a button and your brake is applied? Never heard of that either. And automatic? I don’t know anything about automatic transmissions but I thought cars with an automatic transmission still had a manually operated parking brake.

How about this —
How do you apply your parking brake?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• I don't use my parking brake

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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 11:28:35 PM

We have asked about paying for fuel twice in recent years, with almost identical results.
In Poll 2010-50 we asked how you most often pay for fuel: Cash - 13%, Credit/Debit - 81%, and other - 1%. (There were several other choices which garnered <1%, which is why it adds up to only 95%.)

In Poll 2012-16 we asked how you prefer to pay for fuel: Cash - 16%, Credit/Debit - 81%, and other - 1%. There was no change over a year and a half and it did not matter how the question was posed.

I do not see any point in revisiting this question now.

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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 3:29:44 PM

What's the limit?

The first 2 could be rolled into "Cash/check". "Corporate card/Expense account" got 0% in previous polls, so I guess that could be dropped.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:47:50 PM

Too many answers to the fuel question LarryMarg.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:36:03 PM

> Automatic

Might it be worth wording this as "They're applied automatically", so there's no confusion by someone who thinks that's related to driving an automatic transmission?
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:32:40 PM

scoutmaster - you changed "How do you prefer to pay for fuel?" to "How do you pay for fuel?". I think the difference could be significant - for example, someone who lives where there are no dual-priced stations might answer "How *do* you pay for fuel?" with "Credit card", whereas their answer to "How do you *prefer* to pay for fuel?" might be "Prefer plastic but will pay cash if discounted" - except the "if discounted" never comes up in their normal purchases.

Looking at the older polls provided a couple of additional options.

How do you prefer to pay for fuel?

• Cash
• Check
• Personal Credit card
• Debit card
• Prefer plastic but will pay cash if discounted
• Prepaid fuel or gift card
• Corporate card/Expense account
• Other
• No preference
• I don't buy fuel
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:45:26 PM

I'm not asking what type you have. I'm asking how you apply it.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:41:46 PM

Shouldn't the last option be "I don't have a parking brake"? If you don't use it, you still should be able to answer what type you have.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:19:10 PM

Jeesh!

How do you apply your parking brake?

> Foot pedal
> Hand lever
> Cord/Cable
> Button
> Automatic
> I don't use my parking brake
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 12:26:13 PM

There's also an automatic option.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 10:27:15 AM

OK

How do you apply your parking brake?

> Foot pedal
> Hand lever
> Cord/Cable
> Button
> I don't use my parking brake
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 9:28:07 AM

For the parking brake question, you forgot button or cord.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 9:22:45 AM

The last two polls about how we pay for fuel netted very similar results.

If we do go with this again, which I don't think we should, here is what I think we should use.

How do you pay for fuel?
• Cash
• Credit card
• Debit card
• Prefer plastic but will pay cash if discounted
• Other
• No preference
• I don't buy fuel
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:55:39 AM

I think a repeat of "How do you prefer to pay for fuel?", but with a wider variety of potential answers, might be interesting.

For example:
• No preference
• Cash
• Credit card
• Debit card
• Either credit or debit card
• Prefer plastic but will pay cash if discounted
• Other
• I don't buy fuel
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 6:39:01 AM

How about

How do you apply your parking brake?

> Foot pedal
> Hand lever
> I don't use my parking brake
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 6:37:24 AM

I'd say running out of gas qualifies as a breakdown regardless of where it happens.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 12:40:10 AM

Running out of gas is a form of breakdown, I guess, but why would you get towed for that? Just go get some gas and pour it in. On the other hand, if you got towed because you ran out in some bad place where you can’t get off the road, that falls under the violation answer.

I’m good with Scout’s latest.

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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 12:29:42 PM

Is running out of gas considered a breakdown?
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 11:10:19 AM

That works. So it would be

What was the reason the last time your vehicle was towed?
• Breakdown
• Accident
• Moving
• Traffic/parking violation
• Other reason
• Never been towed
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