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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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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 7:48:31 PM


Byte_Doctor:
Thank you. As Byte_Doctor noted, I won the drawing in September 2014, and another contributor to some of the Suggest a Gas Buddy Improvement and Talk Back to Us discussion forums won shortly before me, so yes, there is hope.
miser73
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 6:50:52 PM

There are quite a number of different colored cars on the recent winners list. Not many have speed lines and not many are red, but most of them do reflect a reasonable contribution to this site. Sure there are some extremely lucky beginners, but random selection doesn't often do what people expect it to do, which is why, for example, a truly random play list may play some songs repeatedly while ignoring your favorite track for hours. But the beginners certainly don't dominate the winners list, and as others have pointed out, there are contest junkies who devote too much time to winning everything possible.
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 1:58:59 PM

Not sure why you said "finally" hotrod1120 - Gas_Buddy, a member for over a decade with nearly 4 million points and originator and primary contributor to this thread, has also won (relatively) recently.
hotrod1120
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 7:54:21 AM

It's good to see today that finally a long time member/contributor has won the gas card. Miracles do happen. Congratulations. Maybe there is hope for the rest of us.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 1:01:49 PM

Do I think entries are accumulated from one day to the present? No, at least not intentionally. If it did, then those that have entered multiple times would have their multiple entries increasing significantly over time (some members have entered the drawing daily for many years while others have "dumped" a lot of points at different times; their entries would multiply significantly if what you're suggesting happened. That would further diminish the odds new member or very low point member winning, let alone winning as often as they have.

I'm not saying, in any way, that there's a "glitch" in the selection/drawing process, just that the odds of a first day member winning seems to be much higher than should be expected, and that the chances of a very low point member (say, under 5,000 or 10,000 points, especially if that person's been a member for several years but not otherwise participating, simply picking "today" to enter the drawing and winning, seem to have happened much more than the odds would be. I understand that the more new members that join daily can encourage more "first day/first week drawing entries", but I would expect that these low point prize winners would, after winning once, would at least try to earn some points in order to try to win again; that doesn't seem to happen as much as I expect it would. Seems difficult to me, especially as it costs nothing to enter the drawing except, literally, a couple price posts once in a while, that low point (i.e., newer member) winners would want to win more gas cards rather than say "I won; I'm out of here."

But, as I've said before, this thread is to simply congratulate recent and new member Gas Card winners, and to encourage them to continue contributing to Gas Buddy to help their fellow Gas Buddy members. Nothing more to the thread except what people want to read into it.
a5
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 10:27:04 AM

Some people make a career out of sweeping contests.

It's quite possible that GB is on a list somewhere where freebie hunters can quickly join in.

[Edited by: a5 at 2/16/2015 10:27:52 AM EST]
atater
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 5:02:57 PM

@ Gas Buddy--Do you think that the Mods, or the "controllers of the Gas Card winners" have chosen to accumulate daily entries to the contest from day one to the present?

Maybe there is a 1% percentage chance for some of us oldsters after-all/

That may be a logical conclusion for the selection/win of wolf1959.... EXCEPT that he/she presumably had to know how to enter in the first place, OR there was ANOTHER Glitch in the activities of the WEBMASTER.

MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2015 11:14:00 AM

Congrats to all the recent Canadian winners....quite a few lately.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2015 4:00:35 PM

It's good to see that wolf1959 has contacted Gas Buddy to claim his prize (his choice of gas card is displayed in the list of recent winnerrs). He still has, however the same 100 points he's had since he won the January 27 gas card drawing, and the same 100 points he's had since he joined Gas Buddy nearly three years ago, but by claiming his prize he's at least taking part in Gas Buddy activities, isn't he?

cierra722,who won the gas card drawing on January 15, the first day being a Gas Buddy member, with 1,000 points, also claimed his prize. cierra722 still has 1,000 points, earned by joining Gas Buddy, but by claiming the prize it at least shows some Gas Buddy participation, doesn't it?
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 4:00:29 PM

Congratulations to terryfields1, who won the gas card drawing on February 6, having earned 6,200 points since joining back in mid-January this year. Hopefully we'll be seeing much more participation from, by some standards, this relatively long time Gas Buddy member.

And continued congratulations to cierra722 who won on January 15, and to wolf1959 who won on January 27. Cierra still has the 1,000 points points earned before winning the gas card drawing the day of joining Gas Buddy, and wolf1959 still has the same 100 points earned for joining nearly three years ago, but I'm sure we all can expect to see more Gas Buddy participation from them in the upcoming days......or years......maybe.

[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 2/4/2015 4:07:18 PM EST]
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2015 5:09:45 PM



Adding to TxJean's post, congratulations to Southwpg, a long time member, six years, and a long time contributor of gas price posts (evident by his points record).

What I always find interesting when seeing the White Board of winners is how many apparent random members send variations of "Congratulations....Wanna be my buddy?" after having apparently no contact with the prize winner other than seeing that the prize winner, from maybe half a country away, won the drawing.
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2015 2:12:24 AM

Congrats Southwpg! A winner that actually has participated in the past 30 days by more than just entering the contest.

I answered Scout off line regarding "Fakebook".

As to "inactivated" - that refers to comments made by GBO in an old conversation. Maybe someone remembers where it was or the details but they discussed how they handled screen names that have been inactive for a long time and how they reserved the screen name for an amount of time but eventually, as I recall, they put "inactive" screen names back in the pool. Maybe they can chime in again as I don't remember the exact details.

LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2015 12:41:50 AM

Gas_Buddy started this topic for the sole purpose of congratulating recent new members who win gas cards.

Can you guys please take your sniping someplace else? It's really taking away from the joy that this topic is supposed to engender.
Bills_Fan
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 11:45:43 PM

"All you do is follow people around and try to find fault with what they post."

What a hypocritical point of view.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 7:54:53 PM

For perspective only, of the 31 Gas Card winners in January, five of them have 5,000 or fewer points, one of them having just reached 5,000 points even.

For further perspective, the combined points total of those five members is 12,855, which is noticeably fewer than one person can earn in 10 days, maximizing their daily points. That doesn't mean anything in particular, just provided for perspective; that's all.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 7:41:18 PM

Sorry Gas_Buddy.

No, Bills_Fan, that would be your sole purpose. All you do is follow people around and try to find fault with what they post. How nice of you.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 7:29:36 PM

Congratulations, people, congratulations. We're here to recognize recent new member Gas Card winners.

I admit that I deviated from the topic but as the founder of this thread, let's bring it back to Gas Card winners, not bickering.

Bills_Fan
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 7:21:50 PM

Is that your purpose here? To occupy people with your craziness?
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 6:10:00 PM

No Bills_Fan. That would be allowed. But keep thinking of stuff like this. It will keep you occupied.

Those who are really here for the good of the site and not chasing awards or points will not have a problem.

How does one's record become inactivated, TxJeans, and what is Fakebook?



[Edited by: scoutmaster at 2/1/2015 6:13:29 PM EST]
CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 5:39:04 PM

35,000 IS good. I was actually just stating how little time it takes to get an icon.
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 3:06:13 PM

90 consecutive days is not a reasonable solution for addressing the "congratulations" of new winners.
There are a lot of folks that don't bother with the newsville, voting or forums, but they do put in prices when they are out and about or buying gas...which for many (especially retirees living in a resort community) they may not pass a gas station every day to post a price, but do when they are going out for errands, day trips or longer trips.

I still suggest that surveys and other bonus contest opportunities should not go out to folks that have not posted a price w/in the last X amount of days (I suggest 90).

That said, I suspect that they send the surveys to any member record that is active (not the member active, but member record not inactivated by GBO) in hopes that it wakes up a former member and entices them to become active members. My guess is that the return on that activity is small, but I don't have the statistics that they are working with to determine how they want to manage this site. Personally, I find my incentive to be active on the site declining as they go more to "Fakebook" mentality but then that is probably the demographic they are targeting.
Bills_Fan
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 2:52:57 PM

I think it is still crazy. 90 consecutive days before you could perform a price search? Crazy!
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 6:54:26 AM

Sorry Gas_Buddy. One more then we can get back on topic.

Bills_Fan,

What I meant was any amount of prices could be posted and any amount of messages could be posted in the forums and any amount of news articles could be read and any number of friends could be invited. Sorry for the confusion. What wouldn't be allowed until the thresholds were hit would be starting new topics, access to the MSL, ability to enter the daily drawing, etc. I hope that helps clear things up.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 1:05:21 AM

Can we get back to topic?
Bills_Fan
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 10:14:40 PM

"To do anything other than something that earns points, a member must earn 10,000 points and be active (earn points) for 90 consecutive days. Once this is achieved, the members will have full access (MSL, enter drawings, post on white boards, etc.) to the entire site."

So no forum posts after the first 5 of the day? No price entries after the first 5 of the day? No ability to write on whiteboards? No ability to use the trip cost calculator? No ability to use the fuel log? No ability to send messages? No ability to search for gas prices? That is crazy!
bytebug
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 10:05:33 PM

I don't think consecutive is that important, but I'd be inclined to support a month or 35,000 points of participation.

What I'd be afraid this would result in is a bunch more bogus data being input just to get the points necessary to enter the contest.

I'd also like to reiterate an idea that I suggested ages ago: get rid of contest entries and reward prizes purely based on active participation. Again, this would likely encourage bogus prices, but that's probably a given as long as there is a contest.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 6:10:03 PM

Sorry, CelticHeart. I'm probably more inclined with 35,000 points as an icon.
too_darned_high
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 6:08:49 PM

I'll agree that 90 consecutive days before participating in the gas card contest is a bit much. I was thinking more along the lines of perhaps 14 to 30 days as a good point to start. I should have said that in my earlier post, and didn't. I know life happens sometimes and a member may not be able to post a price or participate for points on a particular day. It's happened to me more than once. My thought was that if you become a member and then get into the habit of doing things on Gas Buddy, you'll be more likely to continue doing things on the site. As I said in my previous post, if a member wants to win gas cards, you should have to put in more effort than "wow, I just joined GB today and won gas cards, now I don't have to do a single thing anymore!" I'm not saying that a person has to wait X number of days before they can post or do anything on the site. That restriction goes ONLY for the gas card contest. I'm hoping this clears up any concerns on my other post. Again, it's just an idea for GB to consider as a way to eliminate the "instant winners."
CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 6:04:04 PM

Seven days is all it takes to the first icon.

I don't see that this, as a prerequsite, is that difficult to implement.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 4:49:06 PM

I don't have a problem with a points minimum before being eligible to enter the drawing, though I'd probably say you should have an icon rather than 10,000 points. And yes, I understand that some people can earn 10,000 points in about a week whereas we've seen that it's taken some people several years before they earn 1,000 points (forgetting their having won the drawing); I don't know where or what the common sense "line" is. But it shouldn't be 90 consecutive days before you can participate in all the activities. It's unrealistic to expect people, even with cell phones, to think they need to be on Gas Buddy every day for three months so they can "be part of us". I don't care if a person participates every day, as many of us, or if a person participates on days they commute to work, or if all they do is participate on days they buy fuel. But suggesting that a person must devote 90 consecutive days just to post on a white board is inane. I would much rather see a minimum number of gas price posts (and no, I'm not going to suggest a number) than a minimum number of days.

Consider me as one agreeing the suggestion is crazy.
buckeyecountry
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 10:36:24 AM

Not crazy at all. Makes perfect sense.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 7:13:31 AM

I posed this idea once and people thought I was crazy.

To do anything other than something that earns points, a member must earn 10,000 points and be active (earn points) for 90 consecutive days. Once this is achieved, the members will have full access (MSL, enter drawings, post on white boards, etc.) to the entire site.
probedude2
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 12:22:42 AM

So, I guess that means I'm not getting a gas card anytime soon!
too_darned_high
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 10:14:36 PM

scoutmaster's comment: There should be a 10,000 minimum to do anything but post prices, read news, post messages in the forums or invite-a-friend.
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I also agree with this notion of needing some sort of minimum before a member can be eligible to win gas cards, but I'm not sure that a "points" minimum is the right way to go. Let me explain my thoughts...by the time I've posted gas prices in my area, read the latest news blurbs and posted comments, I earn 1,225 points. If a member does those things over a total of 9 days (continuous or not), then that person will have 11,025 points (or 8 days with a new member earning 1,000 points by joining). By that notion, a person can join Gas Buddy, earn the 10,000 points in 8 days, win the gas card drawing, and never be heard from again. What if, instead of a "points" minimum, GB were to institute a "consecutive days" minimum? If members have to do at least SOMETHING on the site for a set number of days before they could enter, we'd stop seeing all of these 1-day members and 3-year-2000-point members winning gas cards. Basically, if you want to win, you'd have to WORK FOR IT like most of my fellow GB members do. I'm open to criticism and comment on this idea. Everyone has an opinion, and I'm offering mine. :)
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 8:36:32 PM

gax:

Great analogy.
gax
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 4:50:56 PM

100 points gets wolf1959 and bobmroski $100 worth of gas.

Gee, wouldn't it be nice if I could win a dollar's worth of gas for every point I have earned on here? :)
Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 3:20:02 PM

scoutmaster said "There should be a 10,000 minimum to do anything but post prices, read news, post messages in the forums or invite-a-friend. "

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I am 1000% with his idea. Fly by Nite posters looking for a quick $100.00 gas Card will never cut it, and soon enough the POSTERS that keep this Web Site alive and Well and MAKING money for their owners,will leave for GOOD and Gas Buddy Com will go down FASTER than the BP Gas Leak in the Gulf !!!!!

[Edited by: Bad_Petroleum at 1/30/2015 3:21:56 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 2:46:25 PM

gax. Awesome dissertation on the subject at hand..

>>It has been almost exactly a year since bobmroski of Austin won on 1/29/14, the day he joined GB. He also had 100 points that day, and, showing amazing consistency, STILL has those same 100 points.

wolf1959 and bobmroski are now tied as the past winners with the fewest points at 100. Which one will break first and slip up and actually earn another point? <<
Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 2:29:58 PM

January 27, 2015
wolf1959

Total Points:100

Overall Rank: 0

Home Site: WinnipegGasPrices.com

$100 Prepaid Gas

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

100 points and a winner ??????

What a RIP OFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And a SLAP in the FACE of those that RELIGIOUSLY POST CORRECT Prices for >>>this Web Site To SURVIVE !!!!<<<

Something is definitely WRONG with this PICTURE Gas Buddy Com.


[Edited by: Bad_Petroleum at 1/30/2015 2:34:34 PM EST]
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 2:02:44 PM



bytebug:
Just wondering but, as TxJeans noted, the surveys were sent to "active members". Would you really consider someone who's only points came from joining Gas Buddy more than two years to be "active" enough to have received a survey?

I guess that you could say, "Well, they've been active" (if you consider just joining Gas Buddy to be "active") "in the last three years...", but I don't think that joining several years to constitute "being active." But then, all I'm doing is congratulating the gas card winners, thanking them for their past support of the website and contributions to help their fellow members, and note that I'm looking forward to even more contributions.

bytebug
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 1:54:08 PM

Something I don't believe was mentioned is the possibility that wolf1959 may have responded to one of the recent emails offering bonus points for taking a poll? Could easily explain getting enough points for tickets that wouldn't show up in their public point total.

Oops, I do see that it was mentioned.

[Edited by: bytebug at 1/29/2015 1:55:21 PM EST]
MustangEddie
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 6:23:50 AM

wolf1959 by far the biggest bs win ever pffft
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 9:45:54 PM

There should be a 10,000 minimum to do anything but post prices, read news, post messages in the forums or invite-a-friend.
buckeyecountry
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 5:40:12 PM

100 points in almost 3 years? Again I like the 10,000 minimum to win.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 3:34:21 PM

tan1mill wrote:
"wolf1959 did nothing except become a member, which gives you 100 points and 1 free ticket."

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the free ticket program end a year or more ago? And wasn't the ticket automatically entered into that days' drawing (the day of joining Gas Buddy and earning the free ticket)?

As for having earned tickets by taking part in surveys for active members, maybe I'm being naive, but the survey went to someone who hasn't done anything, except join the program, in more than two years? That constitutes being active? And, granted I may not know about what surveys may have gone out recently, if this wasn't a recent survey, are you suggesting that this member took a survey weeks or months ago, and either finally got around to opening an e-mail saying "Here's a way to earn points and enter the drawing" or had the points sitting around for a couple of weeks or months and finally said to him/herself, "Wow! I' forgot I had these points. I better use them to try to win the gas card."?

Sorry, but if you told me the member, at this point in time (not years ago) had 1,000 points and won, I might have bit my tongue. But 100 points?

TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 12:43:52 PM

Didn't they once say that the survey email (at least the first one last year), only go to active members? I wonder what constitutes "active"? Does anyone know at what amount of inactivity the "retire" your screen name? As I recall, it is a two step - first made inactive and eventually name put back in the "pool" of names that can be chosen by new-commers.

Maybe the surveys for points/tickets should not go to Facebook or members that have not had point earning in the last year (or maybe last 6 months)?
gax
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 10:42:46 AM

It has been almost exactly a year since bobmroski of Austin won on 1/29/14, the day he joined GB. He also had 100 points that day, and, showing amazing consistency, STILL has those same 100 points.

wolf1959 and bobmroski are now tied as the past winners with the fewest points at 100. Which one will break first and slip up and actually earn another point?
Tan1mill
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 9:55:30 AM

wolf1959 did nothing except become a member, which gives you 100 points and 1 free ticket. This user has done absolutely zero for the gas buddy community in almost 3 years, and won. I've said it before and I'll say it again...the drawing should be restricted to only those who have reached 10,000 points, just like the Master Station List.
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 7:52:27 AM

"Not sure how a person can enter the gas card drawing, let alone win, with only 100 points, but obviously there's a way to do it. "

I would guess that wolf1959 participated in one or more of the surveys that awarded points usable for the drawings but did not show in the total points. Pure speculation mind you, but that is the one way I thought of that it could have transpired.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 7:11:40 AM

The January 2015 winners have an average of 304,334 points. 5 are under 10,000 point and 2 over 1,000,000 points.

The average GB age of the January 2015 winners in 2 years 10 days. There youngest winner is 8 days old) and the oldest winner is 10 year 264 days old.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 12:23:16 AM

And we now have a special winner. Congratulations to wolf1959, a member who of less than three years who won the gas card drawing for January 27 with 100 points to his or her credit. Not sure how a person can enter the gas card drawing, let alone win, with only 100 points, but obviously there's a way to do it.

I'm confident that wolf1959 will continue to maintain the contributions to Gas Buddy that have taken place since joining Gas Buddy in April 2012. For that matter, there may be even more contributions than there have been in the past.

Imagine. Earning 100 points in less than three years and winning the gas card drawing. Hopefully this will serve as an inspiration to those of you who haven't yet won the gas card drawing.



[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 1/28/2015 12:24:28 AM EST]
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