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ScroogeMcPump

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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2007 12:39:31 PM

Due to some recent confusion, I've started this new topic.

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 a MEMBER Poll, you may post it here for the admins' consideration; please do NOT post such suggestions in the Opinion Polls topic.

If you have a suggestion for an OPINION Poll, those suggestions SHOULD be posted in the Opinion Polls topic, and NOT here.

[Edited by: GM at 11/13/2007 7:16:45 PM EST]
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2014 12:39:03 AM

The daily drawing is interesting. We’re thinking of running a poll on the subject.

“There seem to be more gas card choices from when I last looked.”
Not that I have noticed. They are still not offering cards from a station that sells E-free gas (Liberty, Royal, Southern States, perhaps others) so I have not been buying raffle tickets. It’s pretty likely I could win one if I started spending my backlog of points but I’m not going to contaminate my vehicles with ethanol.

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teafortwo
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 1:21:21 PM


Hey there jrsva. Best of New Year wishes to you and yours ;0}

I totally agree with everything you have said.

However,
I see the member polls as something that well deserves to be brought out from that dark back corner, dusted off and put back to work for US on GB. Especially for those that are interested in discussing some of the current site issues.

You and I are well aware that the GB PTB are not always interested in what we have to say, nor will they necessarily agree with US, nor will they necessarily act upon our suggestions in that they have their own agenda; however, we still have a responsibility to ourselves to speak up and attempt to address some of the problematic site concerns.

The "Newsville" articles are again rotating to the front page. Not sure about any programming changes.

The draws for the gas cards are now set to happen each night at midnight EST.
The system resets each night and so there also seems to still be a free ticket after you buy your maximum amount of tickets each night. There seem to be more gas card choices from when I last looked.

Here is some official info:

GasBuddy giving away $100 a day in free gas- here's how to win

Tip of the iceberg ....... ;0}

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 12:47:11 AM


All good thoughts there T42 but there is a problem — the Member Polls are totally dormant. As near as I can tell the Mods have abandoned them; the last one was posted over four years ago More recently several member-like polls have been run as Opinion Polls.
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teafortwo
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2014 5:10:26 PM


I see some familiar names here ;0}

I wonder if this would be a good place to start a poll and discussion about changes in "Newsville"?

I ask partly because the "Newsville" front page articles appear to be "stuck" on the last articles from Dec 31, 2013. Not sure what programming change occurred, but I know there is a segment of the site that would like to see improvements to the news section. With some of the vote manipulation it has sadly become more of a "Shillville" than a "Newsville".

A poll may show how many of the old gang (and possibly some new) are interested in participating in an improve "Newsville" dialog.

Another poll should probably be started about the new daily giveaway.
I now see this on the front page:

"We're giving away a $100 gas card every day!"

Personally, I am wondering where my prize entries went? and I'd like more info about the change.

I suggested long ago having a count-down clock face on the front page reminding folks to cash in their points for a chance in the now daily drawing. Seems an even better idea now, IMHO, since folks need to remember everyday to enter the drawing for a chance to win a gas card.

These are just a few suggestions off the top as this seems a good way to collect member input on the changes. And before I sign off, allow me to take this opportunity to say

Happy New Year 2014 to all of my GasBuddy.com Buddies ;0}

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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2013 9:57:58 AM

That sounds like a great suggestion, DellDude2! You should post this suggestion in SAGBI, too.

Here in Columbus, at least, and I'd guess in Pittsburgh and other cities where they are located, megagrocer Giant Eagle's GetGo stores changed their air stations about a year ago to offer "Free Air", bucking a trend that sees nearly everyone else charging for it.

How about:

Should we change the Master Station List to identify stations that do not charge for tire inflation?

• Yes
• No

[Edited by: SUVFan at 6/4/2013 9:58:35 AM EST]
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DellDude2
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2013 6:38:19 PM

Member Poll Idea: Update the MSLs to include a "free air" indicator for each gas station.

When I posted this article today "Road Warrior: Free air vanishing from gas stations" LINK, people were asking the writer for a list of gas stations in the area that have free air to inflate their tires.

Since keeping one's tires properly inflated helps save gas, and stations that offer free air help save money, I think it would be a good idea to update all the MSLs to include a checkbox indicating "free air".

If you see a station offering free air, go to the MSL and check the box.

Once updated, all people visiting GasBuddy would not only see the lowest prices in their area, but which stations offer free air.

The Free Air indicator could be a small .GIF w/ a green background and white lettering "free air".

I think this idea would help GB members further save on their travel expenses.

DellDude2
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jimbeaux53
Champion Author Kansas City

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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 4:23:15 AM

Here's a question to ask:

Do you think Gas Buddy Mobile apps should be able to zero or clear prices mistakenly entered for grades of fuel not served at a particular station? (yes or no)
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MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 11:26:02 AM

I feel this should be posted as an opinion poll to get more info out to members as member polls are not seen very much.
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 12:55:28 AM

I would suggest we don't differentiate between poll types, as member polls seem to be so infrequent and invisible to most users anyway.

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 12:27:54 AM


You are correct TX, there are no dates on Member Polls. Also, there has not been a new one posted for over three years. The last one asked, Do you have a Facebook account?, which is a pretty stupid topic for a member poll IMO.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2013 1:04:59 PM

I just looked at the member polls, and am I missing where the date of the poll is listed (other than clicking into the discuss first and checking the date of the OP?). Seems to me where it says current question there should be a date. Apparently the last poll was about some previous changes?
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MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2013 3:09:24 AM

Which response best describes your participation in the weekly gas prize drawing?

• I cash out all points each week and claim my free ticket
• I cash out when my points build up to 4 or more tickets
• I cash out when my points build up to 13 or more tickets
• I cash out when my points build up to 52 or more tickets
• I'm saving my points for a huge cash out
• There's a free ticket?
.......sounds good to me
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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2013 12:46:17 AM

Let’s have a member poll on the new color scheme. I don’t like the dirty, washed-out blue used for most of the links and I’ve read other complaints. It is hard for aging eyes.

The links to the member-profile pages are bright blue as links ought to be. All of the other links on this page are faded, look like they’ve been left out in the sun for months. The links to topics on the Forum index pages are also dirty, faded blue.

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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2013 12:34:18 AM


I’m saving my points until GB offers gas cards for a brand that sells ethanol-free gas. In this area that would be Liberty or Royal or Southern States as well as a number of local stations. I do not want contaminated gas even if it is free!
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MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2013 1:18:16 PM

ziyulu, are you saving points for a huge buy or you will never bother buying?
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:13:12 AM

I suppose never/rarely is the closest match, but since it's conceptually different, it does seem like it deserves a separate line. "I don't participate", maybe.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 6:45:19 PM

What if I have over a million points and have rarely purchased a ticket? The only time I've purchased a ticket is when I was new to the website and didn't know what the tickets were for.
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 5:23:49 PM

Decent thought.

Something like: Which response best describes your participation in the weekly gas prize drawing?

• I cash out all points each week and claim my free ticket
• I cash out when my points build up to 4 or more tickets
• I cash out when my points build up to 13 or more tickets
• I cash out when my points build up to 52 or more tickets
• I'm saving my points for a huge cash out
• There's a free ticket?
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MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2013 5:43:00 PM

Why not ask a question about the free ticket that is available weekly to those members with less than 1,000 points each monday, seeing so many members are not aware of this.
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BereMS
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 4:45:36 AM

Alright!
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ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 5:10:48 PM

Good suggestion, RonElp! I'm going to add it to the other section of opinion polls.
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RonElp
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 2:41:15 PM

With the current price of gas do you
1 - Plan trips with multiple stops in the same area to save gas
2 - Stay closer to home
3 - Limit your driving
4 - Use public transportation when possible
5 - Make trips only when necessary
6 - Drive like I always have. Don't care what it cost

There may be other choice you could add


[Edited by: RonElp at 9/15/2012 2:41:59 PM EST]
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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2012 11:07:41 AM

Looks like 81% of the users on this site prefer a credit card. Time to change the FAQ back. =)

(yes, yes, ok, the poll question last week was flawed, as I'm sure not all 81% would use a credit card if the cash price were even 1 cent cheaper per gallon)

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daddydawg2010
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 1:52:51 AM

ac/dc converters!! do they work and what do they cost?
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 7:08:23 AM

Add another option:
* It should vary from one week to the next.
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Nippor
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:40:54 PM

A few buddies have discussed a suggestion that we'd like to see incorporated into the weekly gas card drawing to increase our odds of winning. How about taking a member poll to see how other GasBuddies feel about it? Here's our proposal, and my member poll question:

Regarding the weekly GasBuddy gas card drawing, would you like to see:

*One $250 winner (keep it as is)
*Two winners- a $150 winner, and a $100 winner
*Three winners- two $100 winners and a $50 winner
*Four winners- three $50 winners and one $100 winner
*Five winners- each wins $50

I have no idea if the moderators would even consider implementing any new prize options, but I think it'd be fun to see what my fellow buddies think.
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:10:14 AM

Like many of the opinion poll questions, I'm realizing that with this one we need to determine what question we want to ask. As much as I like them, the "only when I have a question" and "When it is discussed in a forum item" don't answer the question, "How often . . . ." Instead, these responses go to why a member reads the FAQ.

Bugc's point about subject/verb agreement is a good one. Put me in the "There's a FAQ" camp -- Otherwise, "it" in two of the responses needs to be replaced with a plural reference.

As far as getting this poll out to the members, just guessing, but once we reach a consensus here (or failing that, a vote that it is done), we probably need to point it out to a moderator and run it up the flagpole that way.

Also, I'd guess we are limited to 8 responses, as is the case with opinion polls.


[Edited by: SUVFan at 2/21/2012 11:13:18 AM EST]
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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 3:28:53 AM

So how does this become an official poll (or at least learn whether it qualifies or not)?
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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2012 2:52:11 PM

> Should we add an option "Only when I have a question about something"?

That might fall under:
• Once in a while

Then again,
• When it is discussed in a forum item
might also lump into it too.

Though I guess it depends on whether the answer will be useful to the admins. In which case, perhaps more detail is better.

Is there a limit on number of answer choices?
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2012 1:54:31 PM

Should we add an option "Only when I have a question about something"?
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bugc
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2012 1:43:09 PM

• There's an FAQ?
bothers me. I guess it depends upon whether you spell F A Q or say "fack".
I like the alternative
• There's a FAQ?
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2012 12:01:12 PM

Is this ready?

How often do you read the FAQ?
• Every day
• At least once a week
• At least once a month
• Once in a while
• When it is discussed in a forum item
• I haven't looked at it since I joined
• There's an FAQ?
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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2012 2:09:37 AM

Oh! I thought the member polls were what popped up occasionally (I think I've seen it two or three times in the last 4 years) on either the main page, or after you submit a price from the main page. Appears at the top of the sceen, I believe in the adspace. Perhaps it was just an ad that I got tricked by? Except I believe at least one question was pretty apropos to the site.

Now I see the member poll is off the community tab.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2012 11:22:48 PM

True, there's no timestamp on the Member Poll page -- but the "Discuss" button leads to a forum topic that does have one. It's been 2 years and 9 months.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2012 4:37:51 PM

So how much activity is there in the member polls? Since there are no dates, I can't tell how long a question is run.

Member Poll: How often do you read the FAQ?
6) When it is discussed in a forum item
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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2012 6:18:03 PM

Yeah, I only knew about it because our resident FAQ guru kwzh posted it in a local thread (and I half wonder if he only knew because someone else mentioned it in a cash/credit national thread.)

Alas, I think the way they rolled out the change (from the low publicity to the wording in the FAQ to the change itself) will cause great chaos on this site.

So here's the revised poll:
Member Poll: How often do you read the FAQ?
1) Every day
2) At least once a week
3) At least once a month
4) Once in a while
5) I haven't looked at it since I joined.
6) There's an FAQ?

Part of the reason I'm suggesting this is it might help some members accidentally trip over the new change. Not that I actually agree with the change, but chaos is worse.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2012 5:35:43 PM

Wow, I wouldn't have known if I didn't see it here.

This FAQ is about halfway down the FAQ list.

"When reporting prices for stations in areas that have different prices based on method of payment, we ask that you post the cash price where it exists. If the station does not offer a cash price, the standard price should be reported.

"The Comments field may be used to include a note about cash/credit prices, but this is not required."
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2012 9:34:20 AM

I'm guessing it is that we are supposed to report the cash price with the credit price noted in the comments field now.

I am a bit stunned that the FAQ was actually updated.
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2012 9:28:49 AM

I'm also curious about the "change"?

I'd add "Irregularly" or something to that effect. I couldn't use any of the existing answers as I check the FAQ typically in response to a question or when someone else links to one.
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Scrapheap
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2012 8:34:43 AM

jmdeng wrote > Given the recent poorly advertised change in one of the core elements of this site

?? What are recent change are you talking about?
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2012 6:16:27 AM

Yes, let's add that question to the list.
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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2012 1:05:20 AM

Given the recent poorly advertised change in one of the core elements of this site, I thought it might be good to see just how useful making the change in the FAQ was without actually posting it anywhere else.
(And I'd recommend this to be an opinion poll just because I think that has a wider audience than the Member polls which look like advertisements)

Member Poll: How often do you read the FAQ?
1) Every day
2) At least once a week
3) At least once a month
4) I haven't looked at it since I joined.
5) There's an FAQ?

I'm guessing most members are in the 3/4/5 category which makes the recent FAQ update on the fundamental change in gas price reporting pretty useless from a "let the members know" perspective.

OK, there's more to write about how the update was not ideally done, but that's for another thread.
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lwren1367
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2011 10:38:13 AM

Scout,

Your post in this topic about new members starting new topics in the forms has been argued to death by members in the forms. What do you think an Member poll on the issue is going to do? Unless you are looking for a member poll, you will never find it. You not get points for Member Polls, so most people would not bother any way. The last Member poll was about having a facebook account, it has almost double the votes as any previous Member Poll. That is because they were pushing that poll if memory serves me correct.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2011 3:43:03 AM

No point to having a poll on that. The actual *experiment* was tried, and it made things worse rather than better.
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gatekeepertwo
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2011 12:48:48 AM

should postings that consist of only the work "OK" be allowed to generate credit as a message post that earns points? or other one word postings that do not show an opinion or statement?
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MidNJ
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2011 12:21:19 AM

OK,

I have read this, and am thinking about it.
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Scrapheap
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2011 7:51:35 AM

edited.



[Edited by: Scrapheap at 7/21/2011 7:55:59 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2011 7:07:39 AM

New Suggestion

Should new members be permitted to start topics in the forums?

- Yes after they reach 35,000 points
- Yes after they reach 35,000 points and 60 consecutive days of activity
- Yes after they reach 10,000 points
- Yes after they reach 100,000 points
- Yes with no threshold needed
- No
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2011 8:11:42 AM

askralph,

I think your two questions need to be in the Suggest an Opinion Poll Question thread.
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askralph
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2011 3:56:53 PM

1)Is your car more efficient or less efficient than a year ago??

2) Do you drive less than a year ago?
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