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Homerclub

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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 4:09:52 PM

some people I notice post 200 or more posts a day with 500,000 posts or more.
Does anyone know the reason for it, they dont get anymore points, and they are all champion authors.
Same thing with the people who try to be buddies with every person on gasbuddy.com, i was wondering what their reason is? lots of friends?
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Sneakers55
Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2013 9:17:55 AM

I don't post 200 posts a day but then I usually write long-winded posts. (Most of mine are longer than this one.)
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 3:54:46 PM

This discussion really belongs "Off Topic".
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ziyulu
Champion Author Austin

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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 2:32:35 PM

Maybe they are great writers?
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 2:21:34 PM

>And your degree in psychology is from where jrsva? <

Jrsva's posts and other exchanges convince me that he has a doctorate in common sense issued from the school of hard knocks.
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plastic
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 1:59:38 PM

>"And your degree in psychology is from where jrsva?"

You're more than welcome to look up "represents" in the dictionary.
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Homerclub
Champion Author Idaho

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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 7:14:25 PM

i guess its harder to post 200 times a day now, since the gas buddy programmers allow only 1 post even if you hit the post message button 10 times real fast. Before if you hit it 10 times real fast you might get 5 - 7 posts, but not anymore. i think 2 posts would be ok when i hit the post message button 2 times real fast instead of one, so we can do our 5 post points quicker.
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Homerclub
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:29:15 PM

10 buddies is good for me
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pacecar68
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 10:31:06 PM

lol...some ppl got nobody else to talk to...
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 7:38:05 PM

Just an opinion, but I think jrsva meant "obsession", rather than addiction, but, not knowing the time frame a member in which a member has made a half a million message posts, addiction to Gas Buddy might not be a totally inaccurate observation, just as one can be addicted to the internet or to por... Well, you get the idea.

I'd have used the word "obsession", but I think jrsva's choice of words is understandable. In my opinion.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 5:11:34 AM

"For able-bodied people, 500k posts represents an addiction."

And your degree in psychology is from where jrsva?
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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:08:21 AM


Certainly not *blaming* disabled people; that’s a misreading of my post. Being disabled gives one a reasonable excuse for playing on the computer a lot. For able-bodied people, 500k posts represents an addiction.
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MiataPrincess
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 4:21:20 PM

No reason to blame it on the " physically disabled"...there are just lazy people trying to earn something without putting in the work. Make this process without any incentives and see what happens. Good people will still post to help other identify where the best gas prices are at.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 9:00:22 AM

"The only vaguely reasonable excuse for these sorts of activities is that one is physically disabled and spends his/her time playing on the computer. Absent that it sounds to me like some form of mental illness."

Really??? Now that is one narrow-minded and slightly disturbing view.
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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 12:34:06 AM


The only vaguely reasonable excuse for these sorts of activities is that one is physically disabled and spends his/her time playing on the computer. Absent that it sounds to me like some form of mental illness.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 3:39:10 AM

In the 1970s, I encountered BORE -- the world's most boring game. When you start it up, it displays a paragraph of text; then the main loop starts. It prompts, you type something and press Return. Repeat. The game ended if you failed to respond within the time limit (5 seconds, I think), or if you entered an empty line; your score was the number of lines you successfully entered. The program took steps to make it hard to automate.

The only incentive for playing this stupid game was that when you set a new record, you got to replace the opening paragraph for other people to read. And that was enough -- people did play it and run up the counter.

I guess my point is that (a) it shouldn't be surprising that some people's idea of "fun" includes "let's count to a million" (there are endless JFF topics in this class), and (b) some people like to collect big numbers of things, whether it be stamps, Facebook friends, GB buddies, or forum postings.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 10:08:29 PM

So Homerclub takes GB's advice and sends ten of them a Buddy Request. And he never, ever hears back from them....

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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 7:55:37 PM

Does GasBuddy limit the number of friends one can have? Facebook limits it to 5,000.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 7:30:48 PM

Homerclub:

"ome people I notice post 200 or more posts a day with 500,000 posts or more.
Does anyone know the reason for it, they dont get anymore points, and they are all champion authors."

The obvious answer to your question is, why not contact some of those members and ask them why they post so frequently? After all, they're the best people to tell you why they choose to post so frequently.

As scoutmaster said, many are simply chatty people. This, the discussion categories, are what they do, what keeps them occupied, it's their hobby. For some of them at least. Check to see what topics they've posted in (and read their responses in those topics) and you'll likely find that most are responding multiple times in the topics that required one word, one number, or one widget responses. And, some, as has been noted in other discussions, have automated their responses in order to post a hundred or more responses per day. (There was (is?) one Maryland member who was proud that he created a program to automate his message posts and could be a leader in the number of entries he posted.)

And, it's ego; it's a way to show off that you have more posts than the next person. The "Champion" author is, obviously a deceptive identification; it simply identifies posting X number of messages, and has nothing to do with the quality or substance or their response, or seriousness of the discussion topic.

As for people who want to be buddies with virtually anyone and everyone that has posted in a topic in which they've posted, or with everyone who posts gas prices for the area they post prices, or with those who've reached "significant" icon or points levels, it's not much different than "friends on Facebook" or other social network websites. It's not as if they have many (if any) real friends on their list; it's simply "Hey, I've got X number..." or "Hey, I've got XXX number..." of "friends".

Bottom line: It doesn't really mean much. What's frustrating is when they post single word responses or "okay" or "hmmm..." or " . " in substantive discussion categories and topics, or when they contact you (personally) to be their buddy, and you have no idea what topics (if any) you both discussed that prompted the other member to want to be your "buddy."

Simply said, don't worry about it. They won't go away, and you won't miss anything by not paying attention to them. In my opinion.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 4:25:04 PM

Maybe they are just naturally chatty people.
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