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Satelite2013

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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2013 10:42:20 PM

I would like my points balance visible on my home tab.
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Satelite2013
Rookie Author Miami

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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 8:55:03 PM

It is interesting to read your opinions, in my case, I am not only new at forums, but also to the language, the country, this website, the internet, but I think doing something is the best way of learning it. Maybe you can not imagine how living in a country with lack of freedom is.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 7:39:46 AM

Just because a member is new to Gas Buddy doesn't mean they are new to forums, that is why I distinguished between "GB" slang, "CK slang" or any other slang.

Still, when I look up an acronym or abbreviation, I look at context as well.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 7:23:39 AM

Some members will read everything, others will look things up, some won't read everything else because its not relevant or of interest or simply don't know where to look at know what they're looking at. In this case if the member looked it up and read the wrong definition he might be correct in asking why he was called a slang word. Instead, in this case the member simy asked why he was called an OP.

For a new member it bight it was a fair question; I might have expected more from an "older" member or one who's participated in more discussion. That's why I noted "...especially in posts with newer members who may not be familiar with what long-time members consider common knowledge."
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 6:57:55 AM

Interesting - I never looked up OP because I have seen it used in many forums and it seemed pretty clear that OP applied to the Original Post/Poster, but I was very surprised at the many OTHER definitions.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 12:11:08 AM

> spell out abbreviations and acronyms the first time they're used

Even if this were done in each thread (ugh), there would be newcomers who don't read the complete history. "Look it up" is good advice -- I just checked urbandictionary.com, and it's in there. (If it hadn't been, then I would have asked Google.)

I was going to say that the word "newbie" surely predates the Internet -- and in fact I see a 1948 citation -- but it does look as though the Internet greatly helped to popularize the word, so I guess it's fair to call it Internet slang.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 9:18:33 PM

Roughly translated to english, novato means "rookie" or in internet slang, a "noob" or "noobie".
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 8:57:24 PM

Seriously, there are abbreviations that are pretty standard across the net, and others that are less so and probably should be spelled out. I would have thought OP belonged in the former, much like LOL, OMG, etc.

If I come across one I don't recognize I either look it up or ask.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 7:28:59 PM

Satelite2013 wrote:
"I was thinking OP was a person who is new at something, in Spanish the word that I mean is "Novato". I do not know how to say it in English.

The Spanish word "novato" means "inexperienced" or "new", just as you said.

All the more reason for members to remember to spell out abbreviations and acronyms the first time they're used, especially in posts with newer members who may not be familiar with what long-time members consider common knowledge.
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Satelite2013
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 7:05:20 PM

Thank you for your help. I was thinking OP was a person who is new at something, in Spanish the word that I mean is "Novato". I do not know how to say it in English.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 7:12:48 AM

OP can also mean the "Original Post", just depends on context.
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DavisSta
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 12:44:45 AM

OP is an abbreviation for "original poster"--in other words, the person who started the message thread.



[Edited by: DavisSta at 7/18/2013 12:47:06 AM EST]
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Satelite2013
Rookie Author Miami

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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 11:51:34 PM

Sorry, why do you call me OP?
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 10:18:29 PM

GB - you owe me some monitor wipes for that one ;-)
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 10:00:16 PM

CampKohler wrote:
"If memory serves, there was even a suggestion about the placement of the Points Balance number."

I believe you can find the suggestion on the frequently mentioned "Suggested Topic List". If you need assistance in finding the list......

(Nah, never mind; I'll only open up Pandora's box if I say anything else.). Besides, you know it was said in jest.

[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 7/16/2013 10:00:47 PM EST]
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Satelite2013
Rookie Author Miami

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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 8:49:34 PM

I am sorry, as I am new here, maybe my suggestion is a foolish one, any way I am learning with your help.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 8:37:46 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on an existing subject.

By home tab, I am assuming he meant above the banner menu on the home page. (But the menu shows up on all pages. Just sayin'.) If memory serves, there was even a suggestion about the placement of the Points Balance number.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 8:27:30 PM

There is only so much real estate on the home page, and most if it is spoken for. As TxJeans points out, the information is available in a separate tab, which I think is the best place for it.
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TxJeans
Champion Author Tampa

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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 7:51:47 PM

What is so hard about clicking "My Points Statistics"?
Am I misunderstanding what the OP wants?
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 12:26:31 PM

With some simple math, you can get that information now.

Just take the fist 4 digits of your "total points" (the number of thousands) and subtract your number of "Prize Entries". Each entry costs 1,000 points, so you are left with the number of points you have to purchase additional tickets as well as the number of points you have accumulated toward your next one.

I currently have 1,687,980 points and have 0 prize entries.

1,687 minus 0 = 1,687 entries available.

By subtracting the 980 from 1,000, I know I need only 20 points to get my 1,688th.

I already have all 975 points for today, so that will have to wait until tomorrow.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 8:24:18 AM

I'm with kwzh on this. The only time your balance is important is when you want to get tickets and as kwzh posted, there you will see it!
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 6:22:23 AM

I don't know how typical this use case is -- the only time I care about my point balance is when I'm preparing to get tickets, and at that time it's visible.
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Satelite2013
Rookie Author Miami

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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2013 8:05:18 PM

I am really new here, what I want is my balance visible because it is always changing when I use my points and it would be better if you could see it near the others numbers on top of your home tab. Anyway, it is only the user the ones who could see it. thank you for talking to me.
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smugutu1234
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2013 12:25:40 PM

Not sure who to get to change that.
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2013 6:43:13 AM

Your total points shows on the top of each page. In the forums it also shows under your handle to the left of your post. Your points balance is only displayed in your profile.
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Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2013 12:28:00 AM

You mean on the top of your home page?
Instead of the total points you've earned?
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