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Zennyboy

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 5:28:24 PM

I'm quite new to this forum, as you can see by my post count. I'm just wondering why half the threads here contain pages of simple "yes" or "no" replies.

In every other forum I subscribe to, there is a minimum of 4 words per reply. This helps prevent a ton of spam on the forum, and discourages people from being on the forum just to brag about their post count lol...

My question is why do ppl spam here, and why is it acceptable?
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Don
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 6:08:13 PM

Here is an otherwise very long answer to a question that has been answered from numerous angles, several times before this.

There is no minimum character or word count on GasBuddy simply because, unfortunately, a lot of people only post in our forums to gain points that they can use to exchange for ticket entries in the weekly prize draw contest (which as a reminder, posting for points should only be done in the Just For Fun category).

A minimum word/character account will have no effect on the majority of our users who only post for points (which as a reminder, should only be done in the Just For Fun category) as they will simply use cookie cutter responses to meet that minimum requirement or keyboard mash to hit-and-run a topic to earn points.

There are numerous topics in several different forum categories that realistically, only warrant a Yes/No response.

If you would prefer not to see these short messages, enable Ignore Short Messages, or use the Ignore Member Feature to hide problematic users from your view.

Spam in itself is not acceptable on any website, but on the GasBuddy websites, it really depends on where people are posting short/non-nonsensical/nonconstructive messages.

The volume of these kinds of posts which are posted each day has far gone exceeded the amount that we can afford to pay attention to.

A short, one word message being reported that in response to the Daily News Article area will treated differently than a one word response in JFF/Off topic.

If topic only warrants a one word response, we won't warn every single user that responds to that topic.

To hide these kinds of posts, use the Ignore Short Messages option or use the Ignore tool to hide problematic users.

-Don

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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 5:13:11 PM

>> defeating the intent for legitimate discussion

What legitimate discussion does this topic merit? If any good suggestions are made, they'd likely be ignore by TPTB anyway.

Suggestion 1 – enable Ignore Short Messages by default in all categories except the few devoted to fluff.

Suggestion 2 – any post less than four words in a non-fluff category earns the poster points and is silently tossed.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 3:49:34 PM

Moderators should close this topic as the majority of the posts are exactly what the original post is complaining about, defeating the intent for legitimate discussion.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 7:32:23 AM

because posters ask a question that only deserves a one word answer. If a question asks a do you do this question, a nope or yup is what they get
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RNF
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 7:00:21 AM

Most questions can be answered with a one word answer. (Most yes or no). Why reply to a question with a long answer when one word will due.
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cv
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 6:24:12 AM

Folks in a hurry to post points?
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Mopar4me
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 4:16:35 PM

I figured that it is due to the limited intelligence of the average student/graduate of the public education system.
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cools1611
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 12:47:51 PM

Exactly it's most of the time Yes or No
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HannahM2013
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 12:02:26 PM

half the "topics" are questions that you can answer yes or no to....
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LuckyD43
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 10:50:12 AM

It's the easiest (and most annoying) way to get 20 points.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 10:22:51 AM

Sometimes, a "yes" or "no" answer is all it takes ...
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 8:49:57 AM

It's the questions that are asked.
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Dale Jr.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 8:48:54 AM

I don't know.
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Maxer105
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 6:18:45 AM

idk
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 6:09:24 AM

Simply because people are just trying to get quick points.
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gasgzzlr13
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 5:43:25 AM

It is just as easier to get to the point,
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sagnat
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 5:09:13 AM

Some think because of points...I think many are too lazy to write a meaningful response.
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twt
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 3:32:27 AM

I was reprimanded, for one word posts. Has anyone else been told not to use one word posts?
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EvPv
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2013 3:10:32 AM

have nothing to say about the topic but read it and wanted the points (not me)....or lazy.....or read something over their head.
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AFOS
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 10:03:53 PM

If you're offended, check the "ignore short messages" box at the top of the replies.
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coldwater282
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 9:12:20 PM

Don't know. (2 words)
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 8:26:22 PM

As a follow-up to my earlier post, you wrote "I'm just wondering why half the threads here contain pages of simple "yes" or "no" replies.

You might be able to answer your own question. You've posted in seven different threads, two of which you started (including this one, and in the other one you started you asked a yes/no question but asked that people don't response with a simple yes/no). The five topics you participated in are:

"Do you get a receipt when you fill up?"
"are gas prices going up by you right now?"
"Will you get gas tomorrow ?"
"Do you have a "Built-in" GPS in you vehicle?"
"Do You Participate in the Weekly Gas Card Drawing Every Week"

It doesn't seem like any of those topics require any more than a simple yes or no to answer the question the member asked. You could probably post a lot more information or explain your answer, but a one word answer, yes or now, is all that's needed.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 7:37:24 PM

First, you're asking your question in the General Gas Talk discussion category, which if for general discussion about gas stations, fuel, oil, etc. You're better putting your question in either the Off Topic discussion category or in the Talk Back To Us discussion category where you can ask the moderators your question and get their response and/or the response of a select number of concerned members.

That said, to answer your questions, first, about "why half the threads here contain pages of simple "yes" or "no" replies". Read what the topic name is as well as the original post. Frequently the topic name reads, to the effect, "Do you..." "Have you..." "Does your car...", etc. Many members are simply answering what's asked, not necessarily reading the original post which may ask entirely different questions and/or ask for an entirely different type of response. And simply adding (to the original post) "Don't simply answer yes or no..." doesn't mean that people can't answer what you asked; after all, the topic may not have said "Explain how..." or "Explain why..."; it may have simply asked a question that can be answered yes or no.

As for requiring a minimum number of words per reply, the moderators have determined (as have many of the more dedicated members in the more substantive discussion categories) that requiring a minimum number of words will simply lead to multiple "yes's" or "no's" or "I don't really know" or "That's a very good question", etc. The number of words required doesn't stop less that substantive responses.

As for "why do ppl spam here, and why is it acceptable?", first, what you may consider spam others may not; after all, a yes/no response isn't necessarily spam. In other cases, simple responses, spam or otherwise, is posted in order to meet the maximum posts for points, and people on this website earn points, earn different icons, and can move up the various lists, as well as earn points that can be used in the weekly drawing for a gas card. As for being "acceptable", the moderators have determined that it can't really be stopped, no matter what "safeguards" are in effect, so they've encouraged people who want to post for points or for frivolous reasons to post in the Just For Fun discussion category and keep the more substantive discussion categories clean.

But that's just my opinion.

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krazkar
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 6:06:00 PM

Some forums are just for points.
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