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DiannaFan

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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 11:09:48 PM

This was odd. My home site is UtahGasPrices but that was running really slowly (like a full minute to load a page) so I went over the GasBuddy and was referred from there to OgdenGasPrices, which includes the area where both of the stations on my main favorites list live. In fact, both of those stations are at the same intersection. Only one of them showed up in my favorites list. It's possible I used that alternate site at some time in the past and only had one station, but I tend to doubt that. Shouldn't changes in the favorites lists propogate across the various websites? I could understand not including stations that are not in the area where you're logged into, but for stations that are across the street from each other that shouldn't be an issue, right?
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:50:43 AM

I can post gasprices from any where.
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DiannaFan
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 2:38:17 AM

jrsva, I thought it went by ZIP code, which would make more sense. I could be wrong though.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 8:40:52 AM

Diana,
Your explanation makes sense. Maybe delete the one that doesn't show up and re-add it.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 1:09:43 AM

Dianna, I just looked at Google Maps in satellite view and I can see the two stations, diagonally across the intersection. Smith’s fronts on US-89, hence has that address, while Maverik fronts on Shepard so it has that address. Looking at the bigger picture, I see that US-89 goes on north to Ogden while Shepard is just a local road.

Here’s my new theory. I will guess that Smith’s is the station that shows up on the Ogden list because it is on US-89 and that road extends thru Ogden, while Maverik and the other two stations in that immediate area are on streets crossing US-89, so those names are not recognized in Ogden. Just a guess; please tell me if I am correct. If so, this is an explanation but not an excuse. It is a glitch that GB should repair.

Regarding Scout’s comment about state v. metro sites, I have 6 FSLs, all created on the Virginia site, one of which includes stations in Roanoke. When I log on to the Roanoke site, the names of all 6 FSLs are listed but none of them, including the Roanoke list, show any stations. Seems like I ought to be able to access my Roanoke FSL while logged in to the Roanoke site but I guess it has to be created there to show up. No matter for me; I do not use the Roanoke site anyway.

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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 7:29:31 AM

"Metro sites include Favs only for areas included on that site. State/province sites include both metro areas and areas not included on metro sites. This is by design."

Well, why the heck wasn't I first told that when I complained ages ago? Why was I told it was being sent to the programmers to look at?
I live outside, but close to Winnipeg. I should be able to pull up both lists on either site because some days I go into Winnipeg, other days I don't.
When you made changes, you gave me one massive unworkable list with the option to split it. I have NEVER been told that splitting city and province lists would make one list unavailable on one of the sites, which is REALLY STUPID because it still shows in a drop-down box! Silly me, I always though if an option was in a drop-down box it was meant to be available!
It is asinine that I have to leave the Winnipeg site if I want to access my Manitoba favourites.

And it is even more asinine that I was led to believe by the moderators at the time that was a glitch when it was actually what was intended!
Having an item in a drop-down list on a site for something you have no intention of letting me access without changing sites sounds like an April Fools' Day joke that lasts forever.

jrsva, all the stations from my 2 lists were originally put on one list by the system when the site was updated quite some time back. I hated that, it was not much use to me because the single list was WAY too long to be workable, which is why I took the offered option to split them.
I thought that was conveniently taking me back to what I had before, alas, it wasn't.


[Edited by: rumbleseat at 12/28/2012 7:31:35 AM EST]
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DiannaFan
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 11:04:57 PM

I created my FSL's on the Utah site and only one carried over to the local site. It's probably just an obscure bug somewhere. Having written hundreds of programs myself, I know those can be a royal PITA to find.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 8:37:00 AM

So, DiannaFan, are you seeing these in your favorites on both sites or just the Utah site? Have you built a favorites list on both sites?
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DiannaFan
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 10:29:55 PM

I'm 99.9% sure that I created the FSL on the state list. I think I've only accessed the local site a handful of times ever.

The stations in question are:
Maverik 957 Shepard Ln & US-89 Farmington UT
Smith's 1316 N US-89 & Shepard Ln Farmington UT

(And no, I'm not using the deleted duplicates of either if anyone notices those.)
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:16:34 AM

If that's what scrapheap posted then I think he has it backwards. Since Ogden is part of Utah, when you are logged into the Utah site you should be able to see all of your Ogden favorites as well as your Utah favorites.

That said, while you are logged in to Ogden, you will only be able to see your Ogden favorites and not your Utah favorites.

I just checked this in while logged into the PA site. I can see all my Pittsburgh favorites PLUS my PA favorites but I can only see my Pittsburgh favorites and NOT my PA favorites when I'm logged into the Pittsburgh sute.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 3:32:04 AM

I believe that on the state sites, you can see stations in the metro areas and add them to an FSL on the state site. Once that is done, I believe that station can be seen on the FSL on the state site but not on the metro site.

I believe you can add the same station to multiple FSLs in multiple sites using the method described by jrsva earlier in this thread.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 12:57:35 AM

Scrap, you are correct that you cannot see stations on an Ogden FSL while logged in to the Utah site; however, you can create an FSL with stations from multiple sites. That should solve the basic problem, but it does not resolve the question of why stations located across the street from one another are listed in different sites.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 3:26:26 PM

I am going to guess that you added the station in question to an FSL on another site. You can not see the stations in the FSL's across sites. I would look at the Utah site and see if it is in an FSL on that site.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 1:39:41 AM


I like a good mystery, Dianna. Post the names and addresses of these two stations. I’ll poke around and see if I can come up with some better theory of what’s happening out there.
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DiannaFan
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 8:11:18 PM

Excellent thought jrsva, but the 5 digit ZIP is exactly the same on both. Oh well.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:09:56 AM


Rumbleseat, you could use the method I outlined below to add Manitoba stations to your Winnipeg list so that you can have identical FSLs on both sites.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:04:56 AM

I have a theory about your two stations that are across the street from one another but are listed on different sites. This is just a theory; the Mods would have to confirm how this works.

The state site existed first, then a metro site was carved out of it. How were stations selected to be moved to the new site? My guess is by zip code. What would happen to a station if no zip code (or incorrect zip code) was given in the MSL? My guess is it would be left behind in the state site. Thus, you could have a station on the state site that is totally surrounded by metro stations. If this is true then the errant station could be fixed by entering its correct zip code. Check this out to see if it applies to the stations you referred to.

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DiannaFan
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:16:37 PM

CC said "Metro sites include Favs only for areas included on that site." That's exactly what I expected, but that's not what happened. Both of the stations on my favorites list should have been included, since they are at the same intersection in the same town and listed as such. Sounds like a bug.
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 2:57:55 PM

Metro sites include Favs only for areas included on that site. State/province sites include both metro areas and areas not included on metro sites. This is by design. We DO want metro area prices to appear on state/province-level sites, but we DO NOT want prices from outside of a metro area to show up on the appropriate metro site.

The metro sites are made to find prices in a city (proper) and surrounding areas. The state/province sites are made to find prices anywhere in that state/province.

Sorry for any confusion. Let us know if you have any further questions.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 1:30:42 PM

I suppose the why they have segregated the sites it would not be easy to change, but I would like to have access to all my favorites from each location. If I am driving from point A to point B, I would like to see all my stations for those sites w/out having to log into different sites.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 8:55:35 AM

Your favorites are dependent on the site you use. If those stations are in both areas they will be on both favorites list.
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 7:15:45 AM

I have a favourites list for Manitoba, and one for Winnipeg.
For some stupid reason, the Winnipeg one is default for both sites. On the Manitoba site, I can use the drop-down to bring up the Winnipeg list. On the Winnipeg site, I CAN'T use the drop-down to bring up the Manitoba list. I have tried a few times to get the PTB to correct it, to no avail.
For those that aren't aware, Winnipeg is the capital city of the Province of Manitoba. I live just outside Winnipeg, so I regularly use both sites, but I shouldn't have to switch sites to post from my favourites.
I have given up trying to have it corrected.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 1:13:40 AM

I am not familiar with the details of Utah geography, so I can’t speak to specific stations that are close to each other, but in general FSLs are specific to the site where they were created. It is possible, however, to create a FSL with stations from several sites, including from different states. For example, I am located very close to the VA/WV line, so my “Local” FSL has stations in both states.

Creating a multi-site FSL:
1. Log onto the site you will normally report prices from.
2. Go to the Master Station List.
3. In the MSL, use the pull down menu to change to the state or metro area you want to add stations from.
4. Use the pull down menu to choose the city the station is in.
5. Click on 'Find My Station'.
6. Find your station on the right hand list and click on 'Add To My Favorites'.
7. Choose (or create) the name of the FSL you want to add the station to.

I hope this helps.

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