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ejjski

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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 11:08:59 PM

Here's a question: what time does Gasbuddy use when posting prices in the same state website while the state is split in timezones?

I know for a couple states the timezone line splits it roughly in half, so which timezone would that particular website use?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 10:02:43 PM

I'm not so sure about that Byte_Doc. I tested this out on the Tennessee site and the time was for the correct time zone.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 7:40:50 PM

Scoutmaster, you are only partially correct in that yes, prices posted to the metro areas you mention follow the time zone of the metro area, but prices posted for a station in the Eastern time zone in Tennessee but not in a metro area in the Eastern time zone carry a Central time stamp.

(Edited to add: I know this because while on vacation I have posted prices to stations in Church Hill, TN in the very north-east part of the state, well within the Eastern time zone, and all my prices posted with a Central time stamp. Church Hill is not a part of any metro area so it falls under the http://www.tennesseegasprices.com site, and all prices posted through that site are Central time).

So, it isn't as simple as "They use the time zone where the station is located. Is this really that hard to understand? "

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 2/3/2014 7:42:52 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 2:07:57 PM

Let's stick with Tennessee.

If you are posting a price for Knoxville, it will be in the Eastern Time Zone. If you are posting a price for Memphis, it will be in the Central Time Zone.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 1:56:43 PM

I just played around with it using the app. If you report a price for a station that is in the Eastern Time zone in Tennessee but is not associated with a metro site in the Eastern Time zone, it will carry a Centeral Time stamp.

It appears that the time zone of the site the station is associated with is the imperative.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 1:47:24 PM

Having played around with this a little, I have to rescind my last statement.

The Tennessee site is in the Central time zone. If you report a price for a station that is associated with a metro site in the Eastern time zone, it will record that with the correct time. If you report a price for a station in the Eastern Time zone that is not associated with a metro site in the Eastern Time zone, the price with be recorded with a Central Time stamp. This is true if you report a price using the website. I don't know what happens if you use the app.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 1:28:50 PM

The timestamp on the reported price will depend on the time zone the station is in.
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ejjski
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 12:46:36 PM

I'll use Tennessee as an example.

Memphis site: Central time
Knoxville site: Eastern timeTennessee site: Central time
But if you are a member and live in the eastern part of the state in the Eastern Time zone, would your time on the website clock be different than someone who posts in the western part of the state?
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 8:38:49 AM

I'm pretty certain that the time used for reporting prices is whatever the time is where the station is located. When a day starts is (or was) different. In pan handle of Idaho for example, the day starts at 11:00 PM because that portion of the state is on Pacific time while most of the state is on Mountain time.

[Edited by: Scrapheap at 2/3/2014 8:40:23 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 6:58:06 AM

They use the time zone where the station is located. Is this really that hard to understand?
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ejjski
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 12:30:30 AM

what about Kentucky, as their state is split by 2 time zones? which time zone does GasBuddy use for Kentucky?
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 12:21:29 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 6:41:28 AM

They use the time for the time zone the station is located. Why would they do anything different?
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