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rwm1

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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 1:52:15 AM

I'm the only person posting gas prices in Shenandoah, Iowa. I have been since October, 2007. Every so often such as the present someone else thinks it's funny to get on and post incorrect prices. I'm asking that person to cease. If you want to post prices be my guest, just post them correctly. I take this seriously and invest part of everyday into keeping consumers informed. I'm sure other Gas Buddies have experienced the same and feel like I do.
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maddog57
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 11:28:52 AM

I got crabbed at by the mods for doing that and they took away my ability to write on white boards...including my own. Funny thing though is they never told me they took it away until I noticed it. Apparently it happened several months before. What happens is I'll write a note, save it and as long as I am on the page I still see it, but if I go away from the page and look again it's gone. I only noticed it because after I posted something to someone I decided I wanted to change the wording and went back and it wasn't there. Thinking I had screwed up something I posted it again, went back and it was gone.
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 2:33:37 PM

Its not condoned by the mods, but I also write on their whiteboard. Sure, they can delete it later, but it also sends them an email to read it.
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maddog57
Champion Author Winston-Salem

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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 9:39:45 PM

My latest notes to the mods...did I call it or what....

From Me to GB Moderator
12:00 PM
This person is still spamming prices. Be advised for several days now I have not posted the Premium price at the GIANT on Country Club Road.

http://www.winstonsalemgasprices.com/Giant_Gas_Stations/Winston-Salem_-_SW/18947/index.aspx

Later today I will drive by the station and post all three prices....please observe that I believe bgfister will start posting all three prices again.

From Me
9:35 PM
Be advised I posted at the station listed above around 6PM...I posted all three prices. Then after I posted bgfistler posted at all the stations in that area where I had posted, including the GIANT...and guess what she posted all three prices. Surprise Surprise Surprise.

3.45
Regular
1h ago
bgfistler

3.65
Midgrade
1h ago
bgfistler3.91
Premium
1h ago
bgfistler
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maddog57
Champion Author Winston-Salem

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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 4:37:47 PM

One would also think with photographic evidence of not one, not two, not three, but FOUR different bogus prices that they would notice. That's FOUR within a little over a week.
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MadFueler
Champion Author Winston-Salem

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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 4:31:38 PM

Gas_Buddy: "After all, it's not likely that the moderators would be doing follow-up checking on price posting by members they sent a warning..."

I suppose I also assumed that if they received a false price report that they would also check the cheater's previous record. Then again, that too is a very presumptuous assumption nowadays.
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maddog57
Champion Author Winston-Salem

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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 3:22:21 PM

Just sent this to the mods...

I received this note back in April....this user is still posting incorrect prices. Myself and one other user have reported them posting bad prices at least 5 days in the last week alone.

From GB Moderator to Me
Apr 21
Hello maddog57,

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The member has been contacted. Please let us know if they continue to post inaccurately.

Regards,

NF
GasBuddy.com
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maddog57
Champion Author Winston-Salem

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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 3:20:09 PM

Actually I have done that several times...but I guess one more time won't hurt.
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Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 5:54:40 PM


I agree with CampKohler's suggestion about telling the moderators their warning had not effect and that the abuse/false price posting continues. After all, it's not likely that the moderators would be doing follow-up checking on price posting by members they sent a warning; it's muck more likely they expect their warning to carry some weight.

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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 4:13:07 PM

Tell the mods the warning has had no effect and it is time to cancel the user. The worse thing that can happen is that they don't.
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maddog57
Champion Author Winston-Salem

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 11:04:54 AM

When I report things I put the links to the stations, the posting info...etc..etc.

Here's an example of one I sent...but today I got the photos. Not sure what else the mods want. I've sent them over 30 notes about this person alone and haven't gotten a single response back since April when they told me they had warned her.

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Another one....the price at the CITGO on Akron changed from 3.45 yesterday to 3.41 sometime this morning before 0800. It is still 3.41 as of a few minutes ago when I drove past it. However bgfistler posted the old price of 3.45

3.45
CITGO
3890 Glenn Ave & Akron Dr
Winston-Salem - NE
bgfistler
16 minutes agohttp://www.winstonsalemgasprices.com/CITGO_Gas_Stations/Winston-Salem_-_NE/26909/index.aspx
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maddog57
Champion Author Winston-Salem

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 11:00:12 AM

We've got several spammers here in Winston-Salem. Two of them like to post at the same stations I do. I'll notice prices posted at stations I post at within a short amount of time after I post. There is a stretch of 5 stations in an area where I post...and this user posts at all of them right after I do. What I started doing was NOT posting a regular price at the 4th station. Guess what...the spammer didn't post at that station. Then today in a different area where another spammer posts two of the three stations had changed prices. So this time I took photos of the price boards and posted all but the regular prices. I then uploaded the photos to my account here so they would be timestamped..etc. Then lo and behold less than 2 hours later the other spammer posted at the same stations but with the old prices. Since I work just up the road from those stations I ran out and took photos of the price boards..uploaded those photos and sent more notes to the mods and then posted the correct prices.

It used to be a capital offense here to post bad prices, but it seems like the mods don't care anymore. I got a note back in April that said this user had been warned and since then several of us have reported her more than 30 times posting bogus prices....

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CampKohler
Champion Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 9:22:06 PM

Just be thankful you don't have intralopers, which are much harder to ferret out.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 3:32:20 PM

Consider me naive but if you've been the only person posting gas prices for the past seven years, and you're not saying that the other member has done this with regularity (not sure what "Every so often..." means), is it possible, because there are so many Casey and Cenex stations (the stations you post for in Shenandoah) on the Iowa Gas Buddy site, with varying prices, that it's a possible error and not someone who "thinks it's funny to get on and post incorrect prices"? That this member has "every so often" simply posted to the wrong stations?
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MBAcura
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 10:43:58 AM

"...be sure to include as much info as possible..."

To that point, I usually wait until I am on the full site to report it. That way you can cut and paste the address and the station id, along with any other pertinents, accurately...

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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 12:30:45 AM

When you report bogus postings to the Mods via PM be sure to include as much info as possible — at least the station name and address and the date and time of the bogus post, as well as the perpetrator’s nic. But do not post to his whiteboard — the Mods have specifically asked us not to use WBs for that purpose.
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MBAcura
Champion Author Orlando

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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 7:09:29 AM

But thanks for bringing it up, and keep up the good work.
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Scrapheap
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 6:42:54 AM

Report the person to the moderators. It is highly unlikely that whoever you are targeting with this message will come to this forum and read it.
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