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Joined:Sep 2012
Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 6:39:06 PM

We GB members are told not to post inaccurate prices - after all, this site is about getting reliable, accurate information so you can make an informed decision about where to buy fuel - but I haven't seen a thread devoted to how to steer clear of honest mistakes. In that spirit, I thought I'd share some of what I found out in my short time actively posting, and invite those who have other words of wisdom to do the same. (I use the Android app on my tablet to post prices while I'm out and about.)

1. If you're using list view, make sure you reload the list before posting prices. Otherwise, (for example) the Exxon at the top of the list might not be the Exxon you're sitting in/next to.

2. Even after reloading, make sure the station you touch/click on is the one you actually want. Don't assume that your built-in GPS function will put a station at the very top just because you're there - it could be the one next door. Look at the name and address to make sure they match. If nothing you see matches, go to map view, because sometimes older reports and unreported stations don't show up in the list. (The app must assume you're looking for gas prices, instead of looking to report them.)

3. If you're at the pumps, remember that the grades aren't always in sequence. We've all been stung a time or two buying higher-priced gas because we assumed the regular would be on the left; the same applies when posting prices.

4. [Your turn - jump in... :) ]

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Champion Author Winston-Salem

Joined:Sep 2012
Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 10:33:21 AM

Here's another thing I learned: Don't try to report too many prices when you're in a hurry; I found myself using the wrong price interval once when I tried to remember the last station when pulled into the current one, all while having little time left to get to work that morning. Better to get a few quality reports in than a lot of sloppy ones. Or, to put it another way, "Don't try to squeeze seven pounds into a five-pound bag."

HeavyDuty_cache - the favorites list sounds like a good idea; I'll implement it as soon as I decide on a set, consistent route to follow in my commute for reporting prices. (The quickest route doesn't take me by a lot of stations, so I'm trying to flesh out what to do as an active price spotter.)
Champion Author Winston-Salem

Joined:Sep 2012
Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 9:19:58 PM

Gas_Buddy - I wasn't thinking of mobile device errors per se so much as human errors, and giving my frame of reference. Also, this was meant to jump off from the "Fake Prices" topic, also here in General Gas Talk (but that's more about honesty than errors). Can you move this, or should I just repost it in one of the areas you suggested?
Champion Author Omaha

Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 7:33:31 PM

Thank you for your insight. A good number of users have a favorites list that they use when posting prices.
Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 7:27:49 PM

This is probably a better topic for Talk Back To Us or Off Topic, or in the Mobile Device category if you feel that errors are a mobile device concern, where it would be seen by members generally more interested in such information (in my opinion) than in General Gas Talk (which is for general talk about gas stations, oil, fuel, etc.)
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