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Bumper5513

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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2013 12:01:40 AM

Is there an expected minimum time to wait before updating a station?

I see in the FAQ that it is ok to post over older listings but is there an expected minimum time to wait rather than "updating" with the same
price(s) that may be only an hour or so old?

I can see updating day-old prices to show that those prices are accurate, or if there has been a change.

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kwzh
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2013 3:47:55 AM

To quote a line from the Unofficial FAQ List that didn't make it into FAQ #21 when it went official:

This is not a zero-sum game. The other GasBuddy members are your partners, not your opponents.
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jimbeaux53
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2013 11:23:22 AM

Com'on Man! This is ridiculous. Post'em as you see'm. It's pretty simple. Overposting???? We do it every time we update a price!
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2013 9:50:30 AM

Sorry kwzh - I was mis-reading your post as go back to the station and repost (as in the AP/Website) not physically. Unfortunately, I tend to be a bit cynical about expectations of said members that worry about having their price updated too soon after they post. ;-)
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kwzh
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2013 2:07:31 AM

TxJeans, that's right, which is why I said they should spot the station again first. It's still theoretically possible to have a "posting war" in this situation, but it would be unlikely (and somewhat amusing).

The corner case would be two people overposting each other while they're both standing *at* the station in question. Even in this case I'm happy to go with the rule as stated -- eventually, one of the two will decide that they have something better to do.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2013 12:36:43 AM


Post it when you see it. That's all folks, case closed.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 7:39:37 AM

"Anyone who feels strongly enough about being (legitimately) overposted could always go back to the station and spot its price again, and then overpost the other person. "
Unless they saw the price again, they would be extending something that could have just then changed -- or start a war with the other poster where they both keep updating until the price is no longer valid and they don't know it since they are not at the station any more ;-0

Seriously - folks need to get a life and realize this is a tool to help each other, not a competition.
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kwzh
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 3:41:11 AM

Anyone who feels strongly enough about being (legitimately) overposted could always go back to the station and spot its price again, and then overpost the other person.
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AFOS
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:45:25 PM

I agree with all the posters. Sometimes I don't even look at the age of the price I'm replacing. While some of the stations I routinely post may get updated as much as every hour or two on some days, other days they may go nearly 24 hours. So you never know if you DON'T post how long that price you're leaving could remain.

But 5 years ago a similar thread would have (DID) a bunch of responses from people who resented to being "overposted" in too short a time frame. They wanted their name in lights.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2013 12:52:10 PM

"I don't even look at when last update time was. See it...post it."
This. I know there have been times where I've posted seconds after another member, and have had the same happen to me, and I say good! If you are here to see your name in lights, you are here for the wrong reason.
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buckeyecountry
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2013 10:47:03 AM

"Post 'em when you see 'em regardless of when it was posted last. The fresher the price, the better."

I don't even look at when last update time was. See it...post it.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2013 5:12:50 AM

Post 'em when you see 'em regardless of when it was posted last. The fresher the price, the better.
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maxstar
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2013 1:09:51 AM

There is no requirement or need to wait to update prices. So long as the updates are accurate, the more current the better.
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wheelman82
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2013 1:01:21 AM

For what it's worth, I generally don't over post a price that is less three hours old unless the price has changed. But that's me...

That said, I don't believe there is anything written anywhere,.
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