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Gas_Buddy

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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 2:56:20 PM

I'd like to congratulate two of the most recent Gas Card winners.

First, congratulations to billynderek, a New York Gas Buddy member who won the May 9 drawing on the day he/she joined Gas Buddy, and has 1,000 points.

Second, congratulations to djmeuleman, a Boston Gas Buddy member who won the May 3 drawing on the day he/she joined Gas buddy, and has 1,200 points.

May 2014 is looking to be an interesting and exciting month for new members, whose contributions are appreciated by their fellow New York and Boston members, helping them be more knowledge shoppers at the gas pumps.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 12:37:29 PM

Good to hear you now see what we were seeing and you have a leaner/cleaner and faster machine.
Travel safe!
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 12:30:29 PM

Have tried what TxJeans suggested, (bear with me, I'm computer illiterate) cleaned my computer, reinstalled software, run diagnostics program and computer seems cleaner and BP gas cards now showing. Am traveling but I understand gas cards were received a few minutes ago via FedEx.

Thanks everyone. Thanks Gas Buddy.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 6:36:40 AM

G_B, have you tried logging out and back in and refreshing of cache?
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 6:01:01 AM

There are many ambiguities here in GBland,
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 1:03:10 AM

The http://i.imgur.com/ZRNFSTU.png link continues to show a blank card using the full website using the browser on my Android device, as well as not being listed using the Android's Gas Buddy mobile app.
can't explain the discrepancy; I can only tell you what I'm seeing/not seeing.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 10:30:44 PM

shows BP for you and has for some time now....

I see the same from my browser on my cell.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 9/28/2014 10:33:14 PM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 9:29:25 PM

blupupher:

"Gas_Buddy, I see the BP card by your name in the recent winners (same as the 9/18, 9/23 and 9/24 winners)."

I just checked, using my laptop, and, starting from September 16, when blupupher won), there are no identifying gas cards for winners on September 18, 21, 22 (me), or 23. All others, starting September 16 (blupupher) have identifying gas cards. The same is on the full website using my cell phone's browser. I also checked the winners list on the Android app, and that only shows winners (starting September 16, when blupupher won) for September 16, 19, and 21. They're simply either not synched or the they're loaded seperately.

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blupupher
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 6:22:54 PM

Gas_Buddy, I see the BP card by your name in the recent winners (same as the 9/18, 9/23 and 9/24 winners).

Makes me wonder how the cards are picked? If I had gotten a BP, Arco, Sunoco or 76 card I would be out of luck since I don't think any of those stations are even in Texas.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 1:46:38 PM

To follow-up blupupher's post below about being sent Exxon/Mobil cards without being asked for choice, last night's winner (approximately midnight Saturday/Sunday) has already been identified as to which gas cards he/she has won (selected?). While the rules/regulations don't specifically say the winner gets his/her choice of gas cards Rules/Regulations , the Win Prizes page
http://www.jacksonvillegasprices.com/Prize_Give_Away.aspx reads: "Winners Choose From These Brands"

Maybe it's time for the rule/regulations/notification process be updated by Gas Buddy management.

For perspective only:
blupupher wrote, in a different thread, "...I did not get to choose a brand for my gas card, they just sent me Exxon/Mobil, which luckily is a station near me with competitive prices. I won on 9/16 and had my cards on 9/18."
The e-mail notifying me of my winning did not ask which gas cards I would prefer. As for win/notification/card receipt, I won the drawing the night of Tuesday, September 22, and was notified approximately mid-day Wednesday, September 23. I assume my cards will arrive in the mail after the weekend.

What I find interesting, in conjunction with blupupher saying he was awarded Exxon/Mobil cards without being asked his choice, is that last night's winner (Saturday night's drawing) not only has been identified, but the Recent Winner's page Recent Winners already indicates the winner has selected or Gas Buddy has determined he/she will received Sunoco gas cards. In my case, TxJeans told me twice that when my name was check on the Recent Winners page that BP cards (what I told Gas Buddy in my reply e-mail that I preferred) were shown by my name, however I've checked multiple times and still only see the generic blank card.

This is just for perspective as to how the system works.

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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 1:46:23 PM

I wish they would indicate what card is up for draws - I would bid with my points when a "flavor" I want was up for the prize.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 11:10:48 AM

Gas_Buddy, when I won my name was posted before I knew I had won.
When I got online that morning I had several e-mails from gasbuddy.com, 1 informing me I had won, and several notifications of posts on my whiteboard from members congratulating me.
I also never got to choose what fuel cards I wanted, I was sent Exxon/Mobil cards. Luckily I was not sent a station that is not around me (like BP or Arco).

[Edited by: blupupher at 9/28/2014 11:17:36 AM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 10:33:21 PM

TxJeans wrote:
"I still want to know how they post the winners immediately, and usually the gas card within the same morning when it took sometimes weeks before?"

LarryMarg responded:
"Perhaps previously they were waiting for a reply from the selected member, and now they post the name immediately and figure they can pick someone else if they don't get a reply?"

For perspective, I won the drawing the night of September 22, and replied shortly after receiving the e-mail, acknowledging my being selected and telling Gas Buddy which gas cards I would like. They haven't yet indicated a gas card for me on the Recent Winners page (nor for the person that won the night of September 23), but they've already identified cards for the three most recent winners (the nights of September 24, 25, and 26). That seems to mean, considering I was notified by e-mail approximately 12 hours after the drawing, that Gas Buddy contacted last night's winner (the night of Friday, September 26) sometime today (Saturday, September 27), and that winner contacted Gas Buddy to acknowledge his/her being selected as a winner, and that person identified the gas cards he/she wanted, and Gas Buddy, even though it's the weekend, updated the website for that person, virtually immediately.

I'm not complaining or criticizing, but just providing perspective to the TxJeans and LarryMarg posts.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 4:00:06 PM

Larry -

I ask this "> How many in this thread would drop off GBO if they won?"

because of what at initial glance today looks like there is higher likelihood that someone with no or brown car bailing after winning.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 11:05:30 AM

> I still want to know how they post the winners immediately, and usually the gas card within the same morning when it took sometimes weeks before?

Perhaps previously they were waiting for a reply from the selected member, and now they post the name immediately and figure they can pick someone else if they don't get a reply?

> How many in this thread would drop off GBO if they won?

I'd take the hundred bucks and blow it on a year-long cruise of the Caribbean!

:-)
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 8:18:00 AM

Good one LarryMarg!

I still want to know how they post the winners immediately, and usually the gas card within the same morning when it took sometimes weeks before?

Do you get to chose the brand of card? If not, how is it decided?

And, without tracking over time it is hard to say if some of those with cars higher than brown are still using the site as some of them have only 1 CD (I wouldn't be surprised that there are GBs that only post when they fill up and don't use the website so don't have a lot of consecutive days. And, if I recall, if you have consecutive days and miss but don't log in, it shows your last CD.

A quick look at the no/brown cars over the past 2 months show most at 0 or 1 consecutive days. I wonder what the stats are on drop-outs after winning for no/brown cars vs more active longer term members once they win?

How many in this thread would drop off GBO if they won? I suspect not many of the regulars.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 11:31:53 PM

OK, who thinks G_B winning was intended as a bribe to stop him from pointing out all the people who won on the day they joined?

:-)

(Congrats, Gas_Buddy!)
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MustangEddie
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 3:55:14 PM

Couldn't agree with you more Gas_Buddy. Congrats again.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 6:06:58 PM

First, thank you.
Second, just because I did win a gas card recently doesn't mean that I don't disagree with first day or minimum point winners. I'm open to what the cutoff should be before being eligible, but it still seems to me that some participation should be involved. it's hard to tell a regular contributing member (i.e., gas price posting) that a a two year member with 5,000 total points, or a member who joined yesterday that those persons won yesterday's drawing.

I contribute gas prices, as do most of the people in this discussion, because I think it helps other people be more knowledgeable shoppers, not for an expectation of winning a gas card. A hope to win a gas card yes, but not an expectation. But it's frustrating to see how many "new" (meaning recently joined members as well as long time members with virtually no points, meaning they haven't made any significant contributions to helping others - and I'll caveat that by saying "yet"). I still find it interesting, when you see how many gas card winners still have minimal points, meaning that they simply stopped contributing after they won the gas card (or that they, perhaps, started a new membership with the hope of winning again, not realizing that the same member can win multiple times, as I believe one member has).

Nope; it's not time to stop contributing other than I may be contributing less in the upcoming weeks because of travel and may not have connectivity. But I'll continue to contribute because I still believJuse I'm helping others by posting gas prices.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 7:28:13 AM

Looks like its time for someone to stop contributing.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 7:01:25 AM

Atta boy Gas_Buddy!
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 6:03:48 AM

Congratulations to Gas_Buddy, a Maryland GasBuddy member who won the September 22nd drawing after joining 10 years ago and accumulating approximately 3.6 M points.

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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 11:57:46 PM

Gas_Buddy, did you note that you're the latest to win the $100 in gas cards?
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 7:46:10 AM

"is it possible that some people are running multiple accounts and starting mopre new accounts in order to increase the tickets they can purchase?"

I suspect it is likely that is at least part of what is happening.
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a5
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 9:48:15 PM

"Perhaps there are fewer long-time members in general than more recent / less active members"

my apologies for adding fuel to the fire but is it possible that some people are running multiple accounts and starting mopre new accounts in order to increase the tickets they can purchase?
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buckeyecountry
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 4:49:44 PM

At times it used to take weeks to post a weekly winner. Now no problems whatsoever getting daily winners....hmmmmmmm
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 3:45:00 PM

Gas_Buddy says: "No intentional sarcasm. Just thought it appropriate to congratulate people while I thought of it."

Hmmm...if you say so.

RG
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 3:00:46 PM

RichWLIN:

Nope; no hidden agenda. No intentional sarcasm. Just thought it appropriate to congratulate people while I thought of it.

Canada123:

While you may not have post very many gas prices or done other points earning activities, you're not particular new to the site. What "verification" are you talking about that you "didn't even receive"? Are you saying that being new you didn't receive verification that you're a member?

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Canada123
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 6:29:41 PM

I am also new to the site and didn't even receive a verification.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 9:52:14 AM

Gas_Buddy allows:

"With the expectation and certainty that the winners will likely take part in the discussions eventually, I'm simply offering public congratulations."

This seems to be just more sarcasm, but assuming that it isn't, why have you failed to congratulate the rest of the low point winners between these recent accolades and your last post of July 25th? Surely, there are members who have won during this time that should get attaboys as well?

Gas_Buddy concludes with: "Surely that's better than the snipping at each other in other threads."

Seems like just another way of doing just that under the questionable guise of good will; but, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and consider that you probably just wanted to keep this topic active for future congratulatory remarks.

RG

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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 2:13:23 AM

I'm not distrustful. In fact if anything, with the last five winners each having less than 20,000 points each, I think it's a great incentive for people to join Gas Buddy, knowing that the odds Of winning the gas cards aren't stacked in favor of "old" members. And, the more New members, the more gas prices posted, and that's what we're ultimately here for, to help each other be knowledgeable shoppers at the gas pump. I'm well beyond anything after the explanation. With the expectation and certainty that the winners will likely take part in the discussions eventually, I'm simply offering public congratulations. Surely that's better than the snipping at each other in other threads.


[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 8/15/2014 2:16:21 AM EST]
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 12:18:31 AM

Gas_Buddy asks: "Why? Do you think there's anything more than coincidence or luck?"

Nope. But why ask me?

I'm just reading the sarcasm in a number of your posts in this topic that you started. We all know that there are those here who think the fix is in or some other such notion. Continuing the cynicism fans that flame; ergo you must, at the very least, think that others here are distrustful and need to talk about it.

RG

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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 9:37:09 PM

I have 257,000 unspent points. Do I have enough yet to buy out a drawing?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 7:56:48 PM



Distrust? Not in the least. Moderators have explained that the drawing is entirely random, that the free drawing tickets have stopped being issued, and that it's simply the luck of the draw. In this case, the lucky person either saved up all their points over the past six months and had one of 40 tickets entered in the drawing selected, or the lucky person was entering regularly (perhaps about once every four days) and had their one or two entered tickets selected, or maybe finally entered one ticket and won. No reason to think anything is amiss or out of the ordinary. After all, this winner has many more points (read that as "potential tickets to be entered in the drawing) than many other recent winners.

Distrust? Nope. Merely offerng congratulations.
Why? Do you think there's anything more than coincidence or luck?

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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 4:20:10 PM

Distrust Gas_Buddy?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 3:50:02 PM

Congratulations to the newest gas card winner, freddie555, who in less than six of membership has already has accumulated 6,650 points. May his 1 day consecutive streak double and beyond.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 8:31:59 AM

This all boils down to a matter of trust. Trust, in this particular case, is defined as an unwavering belief in the reliability, truth and or integrity of a daily lottery prize of $100 in free gas.

If you believe that GasBuddy is conducting an honest drawing, then the published winners list seems feasible and acceptable regardless of any point totals or level of participation.

On the other hand, if you feel that the people who are conducting the lottery are making an inequitable distribution as a marketing ploy to generate more interest of members in certain areas of the country, or some such theory, then the published outcome of the daily lottery will probably provide fuel for this fire.

The drawing is being held by a web site that panders to a member constituency who are keenly interested in reducing their fuel costs. This membership is plied with other clever incentives including games, points and award levels in addition to or as a funcion of the daily prize drawings. It is not difficult to understand why some folks have developed a mistrust of GasBuddy considering the obvious manipulation that is taking place here.

It really doesn't matter on which side of the trust equation we find ourselves. In either case, we have no control over the outcome and complaining about or defending the drawing results will do us no good.

RG

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 7/28/2014 8:34:01 AM EST]
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 7:56:07 AM

"We have no way of knowing the point totals of all those who entered. The only stats we have the point totals for the winners. "

My point exactly, so any speculation about the poll's fairness or lack thereof is just that - unfounded speculation. Any analysis of the available data showing the winner's point totals is utterly meaningless in that context.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 7:31:31 AM

We have no way of knowing the point totals of all those who entered. The only stats we have the point totals for the winners.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 7:24:12 AM

They are meaningless in the context of the current discussion of whether there is some bias in the drawing. You can derive nothing about any selection bias from those sets of data.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 5:11:16 AM

They aren't meaningless, Byte_Doctor. They are merely stats about the winners, not those who entered the drawing.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 9:56:41 PM

"Entire month through the 26th brown or no car 39%,green car 15%,purple car 12%,blue car 15%, black car 4%, orange car 7.5% & red car 7.5%. So just this month 81% of the winners have less than a year of points earning. "

"7th to the 26th

Average 286,262.

3 under 10,000 = 15%
9 > 10,000 < 100,000 = 45%
7 > 100,000 < 1,000,000 = 35%
1 > 1,000,000 = 5% "

These are both meaningless without knowing the breakdown of members entering the drawing during these time periods. Perhaps long-time members are less likely to participate in the drawing. Perhaps there are fewer long-time members in general than more recent / less active members.

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 7/27/2014 9:57:13 PM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 9:42:25 PM

MustangEddie,

Not everyone can, regardless of their desire to participate post full set of prices every day. In rural areas, there may be only 1 or 2 stations they pass each day and the prices may not change often. Additionally, in many areas of the country, not all prices are posted at the curb so they may only get one price per station and may not pass many stations in their daily routine or every day on the weekend.

I work from home sometimes and don't go out, so can't (and won't make up prices to get points) post those days. On days I do go to work, if I drive straight there and back via the expressway, I pass one station with one price on the board (and that is if I can see it across construction and traffic on the way in).

Additionally, the contest has no regulation on having to post a certain amount of prices to be eligible. If you have points to buy a ticket and chose to enter the tickets, your tickets each carry the same weight as any other entry for that date's contest.

I don't know if new members get a free ticket for joining, or if that free ticket is auto-entered. This is a good question because one member that was not active and not new but low points one a number of months ago and she said on her WB that she didn't know how she won because she didn't enter.

And, now, it appears that many that we don't consider "active" were given the survey and got 5000 points. Apparently qualifying for the survey did not require any minimum level of price posting in the last year (though I know that at least one high point member said he did not get the survey) to get the survey. It appears that any screen name not on "hold" or "expired" must have been considered "active" for the purpose of getting the survey. That gave a lot of users with low points 5000 points for ticket entry and they may not have all used them all at once.

Additionally, if they track log-ins for purpose of being "active" for the survey, there are those that could log-in to look at prices and spend those 5000 points w/out actual point earning capability that might have qualified for the survey and 5000 points.

My point total is not high considering when I joined. But I joined and did not use the site for long periods of time (no smart phone and not a lot of need). During that time, I also did not enter the contest. However, I do now periodically through some points into the ticket buying.

Again without knowing the number of members at each car color in the system and entering each day, we don't know if there is a true basis in the drawing.

I still am curious what changes they made to allow them to be able to list the winner instantaneously now when it previously took sometimes many weeks before the change to the daily contest, and how they determine what gas card to give. Are they now notifying folks by PM and email? Before was it only by email?
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MustangEddie
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 5:53:49 PM

Entire month through the 26th brown or no car 39%,green car 15%,purple car 12%,blue car 15%, black car 4%, orange car 7.5% & red car 7.5%. So just this month 81% of the winners have less than a year of points earning.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 4:53:28 PM

7th to the 26th

Average 286,262.

3 under 10,000 = 15%
9 > 10,000 < 100,000 = 45%
7 > 100,000 < 1,000,000 = 35%
1 > 1,000,000 = 5%
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MustangEddie
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 4:38:31 PM

I know I'm taking the bait here scoutmaster but averaging out the total number of points of the winners is really comparing apples to oranges.Remove the 2 over million point winners and the one 750,000 winner through the 24th drops that average point total of the winners to around 165,000 that's about 4 1/2 months of points earning so I can now say that in fact it does prove theories presented.In my eyes there are about 4 deserving winners on that list through the 24th.

[Edited by: MustangEddie at 7/27/2014 4:41:29 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 8:51:18 AM

Did TPTB ever define "active"? Did anyone ask what their definition of "active" is?
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 8:48:25 AM

Still, in reading through the map complaint posts of the obviously inactive members, it is apparent that they were using the maps frequently enough to comment with functional knowledge. In some instances, it appears in their own words as if they have been using the maps all along.

RG
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 8:39:03 AM

I think there are a lot of low point members that have been members for more than a year because many of these folks don't use it daily, but use it when they travel outside of their area. This being summer, more of them may be logging into their accounts for a vacation trip.

Additionally, there are likely some old time members that didn't use the site much after joining, but recently got a smartphone and are starting to use the APP and the site.

And, that survey that was sent out? If they (and I suspect that is the case based on discussion between Gas_Buddy and JT) that the "ACTIVE" status to qualify for a survey email was not necessarily active in posting prices, but in logging in, or in not having an expired screen name. (Anyone remember at what point a screen name is lost do to "inactivity"?). That survey might have woken up a few non-posting members to use their 5000 points. They might not have all used them at the same time thinking everyone might use them the first week so those 5000 times X number of members may be trickling into the ticket buying slowly over the next few months.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 7/26/2014 8:40:11 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 8:25:58 AM

This discussion may inadvertently be linked to what some of us noticed about a significant percentage of the members who commented in the myriad of recent map complaint topics.

There seems to be a sigificant membership who obviously use the site but do not often contribute by adding prices or participating in the other ways that are then reflected by point totals. This is clearly evidenced by scores of posts from inactive or dormant members who suddenly found that they could not use the map feature. Just scroll through the various map topics and take note of the number of complainants who have been members for relatively long periods without amassing many points for any kind of participation.

It follows then that the pool from which the daily drawing winners is derived may be much larger than thought of and consist of an inordinate number of relatively inactive potential winners...who incidentally now are appearing frequently to have won.

RG

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 7/26/2014 8:27:48 AM EST]
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MBAcura
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 8:05:27 AM

Getting off the point for a second, but keying in on something Eddie said below..."less than a days worth of points earning some in 2 years of membership ", has anyone else noticed a rash of posters who seem to make their first and only post, in a year or two, and they just post the same prices that were already there?

Saw a couple of members yesterday, that I hadn't seen before, post regular at 3 or 4 stations I see everyday on the commute. Looked them up, to see they were two years old, and had only 800-1200 points. Sheesh, why bother to join?



[Edited by: MBAcura at 7/26/2014 8:05:54 AM EST]
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