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12mpgnavigator

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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 3:27:58 AM

... and realized my 500 consecutive days will be no more. :(

I guess all the high consecutive days people never travel out of the US and Canada?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 10:07:22 AM

9C1:

"I was hospitalized...I learned there are some things more important than c0nsecutive days on Gasprices.com"

Notwithstanding that have a consecutive streak, yep; there are some things more important than consecutive days on Gas Buddy. For that matter, there are a lot of things more important than a consecutive day streak on any website.
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9C1
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 7:08:02 AM

I was hospitalized last summer and was on a ventilator for two days. Thus goes the consecutive day streak. Among other things I learned there are some things more important than c0nsecutive days on Gasprices.com
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 10:28:04 AM

Don, thanks for clarifying that. That little word "or" can be important!

My logic class said an "or" statement is true if only one of the conditions occurs, which is why I interpreted the original, "Posting prices you have not physically seen or confirmed for yourself is not recommended" to mean that prices you somehow just confirmed could be posted, too.

The clearest way to state the site's price posting policy is probably to say: "Posting prices you have not physically seen is not recommended", dropping the "confirmed" aspect altogether. You either saw it or you didn't, right?
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Don
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 4:31:24 PM

SUVFan

"It also appears that you don't have to actually see a price to post it. Don stated, "Posting prices you have not physically seen or confirmed for yourself if not recommended."

It must be acceptable to post prices you don't physically see but are able to "confirm" from a reliable source. Now we know that source can't be solely from the internet, but what if you saw an internet price and then were able to call the station and confirm the price with someone working there?"

"But I'm trying to square Don's comment, "Posting prices you have not physically seen or confirmed for yourself is not recommended (typo corrected)" with the FAQ. It must be permissible to "confirm" a price you haven't "physically seen" and still post it or Don would have stopped at the latter. I think it means that if your spouse or kid or someone else you trust tells you they physically observed a price, that would be confirming it and you could post it. And certainly confirming an internet price with someone who works at the station or drove by it would fall within what Don posted.

This would not be the first time by a long shot that something in the FAQs differed from actual practice."

I think you misinterpreted or misread my post.

"Posting prices you have not physically seen or confirmed for yourself if not recommended." - this is saying you shouldn't post prices that you have not seen yourself.

I should have more appropriately said "physically seen AND confirmed for yourself", if that helps.

There would be an issue if instead I said "Posting prices you have physically seen or confirmed for yourself is not recommended." because that would be stating it's okay to post prices you haven't seen or confirmed for yourself.

Either way, the point being is: Don't post prices you have not seen.

My apologies SUVFan, even mods make keyboarding mistakes.

-Don

[Edited by: Don at 3/27/2013 4:32:40 PM EST]
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Calinda0530
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2013 5:20:03 PM

I went on a cruise a couple weeks ago, and didn't miss my consecutive days...

You only need to post in one forum or read one news article to keep your streak going.

Enjoy your vacation...
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2013 4:15:31 PM

Aren't there computers where you are going? You can still do something from anywhere in the world to earn points and keep your consec days.
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2013 11:30:16 AM

>It is obviously more difficult to enter data when we are commuting<

I'd hope that posting to this website while commuting would count as "texting while driving" in any state/city that has such a law. Though I hope it never happens, I'm convinced that someday we're going to read about someone's life ending due to an attempt to earn the mobile app awards.

>The price posting rule is you do NOT post prices you haven't seen.<

Well, yeah, that's the rule I grew up with here, too.

But I'm trying to square Don's comment, "Posting prices you have not physically seen or confirmed for yourself is not recommended (typo corrected)" with the FAQ. It must be permissible to "confirm" a price you haven't "physically seen" and still post it or Don would have stopped at the latter. I think it means that if your spouse or kid or someone else you trust tells you they physically observed a price, that would be confirming it and you could post it. And certainly confirming an internet price with someone who works at the station or drove by it would fall within what Don posted.

This would not be the first time by a long shot that something in the FAQs differed from actual practice.

[Edited by: SUVFan at 3/22/2013 11:31:15 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2013 7:09:55 AM

12mpgnavigator,

Your point is ......................?

I have gone on vacation numerous times in the past 1,033 days and never once worried about keeping my consecutive days. The last time I did leave the country (Jamaica) I lost my consecutive days. Did I care? Nope. Like I posted "It's a meaningless thing on a web site! Enjoy your vacation!"

Have a greta day~~~~
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12mpgnavigator
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2013 11:23:02 PM


scoutmaster
<Jeesh! It's a meaningless thing on a web site! Enjoy your vacation! >

says the man with 1032 consecutive days and over 3 mil points, lol

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rspiano
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2013 11:17:32 PM

Went to China for 9 days over the New Year, and didn't miss a day. I was lucky to have a smartphone which took a China Mobile sim card with a small but very useful data plan which I didn't have to worry about having wifi.

There's actually about an 8-hour window during each day when you can post for 2 days at one time. If it's 9:30 pm in Seattle, read your news articles while logged into SeattleGasPrices, then log into somewhere back east, say PhillyGasPrices, NewYorkGasPrices, all the way up to NewfoundlandGasPrices where it is already "tomorrow", click on a news item, and get tomorrow's login out of the way. If you miss posting in Seattle by a couple of hours, log into HonoluluGasPrices where it is "yesterday" and you'll still be able to post points for the previous day. This is useful for cruises and other places where internet service is either expensive or hard to find; you'll only need to use internet every other day.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 10:23:37 PM

Jeesh! It's a meaningless thing on a web site! Enjoy your vacation!
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 9:21:12 PM

@kwzh "Here's my recommendation. Don't get so attached to the consecutive days count that losing them will be traumatic. "
Couldn't agree more.
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EvergreenON
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 6:16:08 AM

It is obviously more difficult to enter data when we are commuting
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 11:06:43 PM

Here's my recommendation. Don't get so attached to the consecutive days count that losing them will be traumatic.
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 2:17:54 PM

Come June I'll see what happens. Only 2 days out of the 7 are we at sea.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2013 7:46:25 PM

The price posting rule is you do NOT post prices you haven't seen.

From the Frequently Asked Questions section on this website:

Q: Some gas station websites have their prices listed online. Can I post those prices here?
A: No, in no event shall a member post a price from an online source or via telephone without visually recording the price for yourself.

It's not necessary to read into everything.

That said, the original post was about continuing a "consecutive days" streak, not about earning maximum points. As said previously, several times, all you have to do is any points activity to continue your streak, regardless of whether it's a message post, reading a news article, or voting in the poll. You don't have to post a fuel price to continue a consecutive day streak.

As for 12mpgnavigator writing:
"I guess all the high consecutive days people never travel out of the US and Canada?"

No one's saying that no members never travel out of the country, but I think it's probably safe to say that most members likely travel in the United States or Canada rather than to other places. But regardless of whether they travel "out of the US and Canada" or not, again, it's not necessary to post a gas price to continue the consecutive days streak. As long as you can access the internet, whether it be via your phone, an internet cafe, a hotel or airport connection or any other method, and you can access the Gas Buddy website, you can continue your "streak".
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2013 12:39:48 PM

Never been on a cruise, but assuming they manage not to lose power, wouldn't they have internet terminals on board that folks could use, typically free like at most hotels and motels do in their business centers? Maybe even free wireless?Posting prices you have not physically seen or confirmed for yourself if not recommended.

It also appears that you don't have to actually see a price to post it. Don stated, "Posting prices you have not physically seen or confirmed for yourself if not recommended."

It must be acceptable to post prices you don't physically see but are able to "confirm" from a reliable source. Now we know that source can't be solely from the internet, but what if you saw an internet price and then were able to call the station and confirm the price with someone working there?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2013 8:10:10 AM

Very poor attempt at humor, CK.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2013 2:37:36 AM

He must be going to North Korea where only one person in the country has Internet service. Just go up to Dear Leader's house and ask to use his PC for a few minutes.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 3/16/2013 2:43:30 AM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 10:36:12 PM

DesertRat2011 wrote:
"I'm going on a cruise to Alaska in the middle of June. So that will also work for me?"

As long as you can access the internet, from anywhere in the world, you should be able to access Gas Buddy's website, after which you can read a news article, vote in the weekly poll, or take part in the discussion forums to earn points, and subsequently continue your "consecutive days" streak.

In your case, of you see them, you can post Alaskan gas prices. (You can post gas prices for anywhere in the United States and/or Canada, simply access the local Gas Buddy site; if you don't know how, simply go to any search engine and type in (in your case) "Alaska gas prices" and you should see the appropriate Gas Buddy website for Alaska", log in with your screen name, and post prices for the benefit of the Alaska Gas Buddy members.)
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 9:29:14 PM

500 consecutive days or a nice trip. I would not mind that kind of dilemma.

[Edited by: maxstar at 3/15/2013 9:31:31 PM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 8:50:26 PM

DesertRat2011,

Is it worth keeping your consecutive days by paying over $30 per hour of internet access?
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 4:19:19 PM

I'm going on a cruise to Alaska in the middle of June. So that will also work for me?
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Don
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 1:27:17 PM

To advance your consecutive day count, you really only need to earn one point per day.

If you have access to the internet (assuming you will not be located anywhere in CAN/US where GasBuddy is available), you can still maintain your consecutive day count by posting forum messages and reading news articles, and/or voting in the poll. Posting prices you have not physically seen or confirmed for yourself if not recommended.

You may also need to keep time zones in mind.

Enjoy your trip!

-edit-

The app awards are calculated off the prices you post through the use of the app. If you're outside of Canada/US and are not able to update stations near your location, it will be very difficult for you to advance your award calculations.

-Don


[Edited by: Don at 3/15/2013 1:30:18 PM EST]
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12mpgnavigator
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 1:25:05 PM

Thanks guys

I did not realize website activity kept the consecutive days going.

So it will just be the app "award levels" that will be interrupted?
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 11:38:45 AM

I've gone to China twice already and still maintained my consecutive days.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 10:43:14 AM

Thanks SUV.

In no way did I mean you should post prices that you didn't see. I was strictly listing the main methods for earning points.
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 10:20:05 AM

While Scoutmaster is right about what it takes to generate points on any day, please don't interpret his suggestion as meaning you should post a price from overseas. If you didn't see it, don't post it.

But by all means, if your phone allows it, save an article as a favorite place and just click on it once each day while you're away, and your consecutive day streak will remain intact. That's probably the easiest way earn points. It doesn't matter if it's the same story day after day. Click it 5 times and you'll get 125 points that day!
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 5:15:37 AM

To maintain you consecutive days all you need to do is something that earns points. Read a news article, post a message in the forums or post a price.
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