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mileena202

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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 4:36:18 PM

If you move out of your GasBuddy area, do the administrators here transfer your account to your new area, or do you have to start all over at zero points and zero consecutive days?

Thanks!
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coflyer
Champion Author Fort Collins

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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 4:24:05 PM

I was moved to a different home site, (I first signed up on the Colorado site, not knowing that Windsor, CO was under the Ft. Collins, CO site.) All my points transferred from the Colorado site to the Ft. Collins site.
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mileena202
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 4:23:19 PM

Thanks for the mini tutorial on links kwzh! I know a little html code from my days long ago on eBay, and some non-html too. I had forgotten about the "insert link" button here. And I love bitly for making links shorter, so much so that I have it bookmarked!

Well, thank you all for the help. I don't like getting topics too off-topic, so moderators you can delete this if you want, or whatever.
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kwzh
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 12:00:19 AM

FYI, the original question is addressed in FAQ #40 (though it doesn't explicitly say that everything carries over).

Also, you can insert a clickable link by using the "Insert link" button to the left of the text input box while composing a message (or construct one manually once you know the (non-HTML) syntax for it); but whether or not you're making it clickable, if it's a long string, you should create a shorter synonym, perhaps with tinyurl, to avoid the "text deleted" problem.

[Edited by: kwzh at 6/27/2013 12:02:01 AM EST]
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mileena202
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2013 7:09:05 PM

Gas Buddy and jrsva: thank you both for your kind advice. You're both very sweet. Oh, and Gas Buddy, no, you're not picking on anyone! What you say does make sense.

I try not to let my homelessness get me down. In fact, I try to pretend that it doesn't exist. There's really not any help out there anyway; I've looked in the seven months or so before I actually became homeless. If there was help, there wouldn't be any homeless problem in this country. There's only me to dig myself out of this hole, and I will! I might be homeless though for the next 5-10 years at least, until I can get into school and get my Ph.D., so I am resigned to that fact. And actually, other than I don't have a home, I do lead a completely normal life. This includes going onto the GasBuddy site daily. It's actually scary in a way, as no one, and I mean no one, knows I am homeless. You see, I live in a wealthy area, have an income, sleep well, dress well, don't smell, work out twice daily, am well educated (B.A.), go online at will with my smart phone or laptop, travel, eat at Whole Foods, have a decent-sized savings account, etc. I even have a portable laser printer to print and a scanner to scan/copy. No one knows or would even suspect I am homeless. I say it's scary because if no one actually knows I am homeless, I will never get any help from agencies or individuals. But I am trying to save myself by getting a job once I finish my education. So I guess you can call it self help.

In a way, it's also beneficial not having a home, as I don't have to pay rent or a mortgage, so I can save more money that way. And going homeless is the responsible thing to do (well, that's what the conservatives say!). Just look at Ken Ilgunas, who lived in his van (nicknamed "Walden on Wheels") while a student:

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http://business.time.com/2013/06/22/text deleted/

[I guess the website cut out the full link above, so just do a search for "Ken Ilgunas" if you're interested.]

[Edited by: mileena202 at 6/26/2013 7:12:25 PM EST]
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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2013 12:21:12 AM

Sorry to hear you are homeless, Mileena, but I agree with GB, doing anything on this site would be about the last of my worries. That said, you may choose whatever home site suits you, just ask the Mods to change it. I believe most folks’ home site is where they live and where they post prices most often but it does not have to be so. You can post prices for any place in the US and Canada as long as you are traveling there and spot the prices.

As for the site leader boards, I doubt that many members pay much attention to them. When a new metro site was created in Virginia a couple of years ago, no one in that area transferred to the new site. It went along for months with an empty leader board until finally some of the new members who had joined the site broke above 35k points. Any of a couple dozen Virginia members could have moved their home designation and instantly become #1 — a big fish in a very tiny pond.

Choose whatever site makes you happy and have fun on GasBuddy. I hope you find a nice place to live soon.

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Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 9:50:43 PM

I'm pretty sure I'm going to get beat on for "picking on someone" but if the issue is being homeless and living in a car, starting over at zero points and zero consecutive days would be the least of my concerns. Despite the consecutive days that many of the overall leaders have, most members (in my opinion) lose their consecutive days streak sooner or later.

If you think that you'll return to your to the Oakland area, you can keep the "home site" as Oakland; if you want to change it to a more current location, you can simply ask the moderators to make that change for you.

As for "going up in the area rankings, "from about 78 to 44", again, that shouldn't make much difference (in my opinion). It might be different if you were talking about moving from 78 to the top 3 or 5, but even then, do you really expect take the lead? And, and I'm not trying to sound cynical, even if you did, who really cares?

Okay, disclaimer: While my "home site" is Maryland, for personal reasons I have to split my time in several distant locations. I have absolutely no idea what my standings are on the Maryland lists nor do I have any idea what my standings would be if I changed my "home site" to the other areas for which I reside and post prices. That said,

mileena202: Best of luck now and in the future.
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CampKohler
Champion Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 9:22:07 PM

Hah! That's a good one!!!! But it's not really true, because it is not permissible to have two accounts and you would have to open a second one at the new site.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 5:50:01 PM

You don't have to transfer. You can start over again.
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mileena202
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 5:19:56 PM

Thanks Gas Buddy and WR-INC for your help!

I don't know what to do. I have been homeless since April, living in my car, but it is in the San Francisco GasBuddy area. But my mail box is still in the Oakland GasBuddy area (where I used to live). I intend to keep this mailbox.

A fringe benefit if I did transfer: I would automatically go up from about 78 to 44 in the local GasBuddy area rankings, and I would be about 500,000 points closer to the leader!


[Edited by: mileena202 at 6/25/2013 5:23:41 PM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 5:01:39 PM

To follow-up WR-INC's post, no, you don't have to start over with zero points and zero consecutive days. Your points are carried over to the your new "Home Site" and your consecutive days count also continue. Additionally, your standings are integrated into the points leaders and consecutive days lists for your new "Home Site".

The change, when made by the moderators, is seamless and, unless you're specifically looking at the "Home Site" identifier, is unnoticeable.

Note, to avoid any confusion, just because you're posting for a new area doesn't mean the administrators automatically transfer your "account" to a new "Home Site". You have to specifically request the administrators change your "Home Site" from one location to another location.


[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 6/25/2013 5:06:20 PM EST]
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WR-INC
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 4:41:59 PM

If you want to transfer to another site, click Help, select Contact Us, and make your request to transfer. No need to start over.
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