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BigKart

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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 1:29:28 PM

How are Top Spotters (for station locations) determined? It appears to be a rolling "last 30 days" number, but sometimes that doesn't seem right either. Just curious.
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equinox1528
Rookie Author Chicago

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Message Posted: May 15, 2014 5:21:55 PM

Distance from the station is a factor in the equation. I've noticed that the lower your over GB rank is the more lenient the distance is.
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BigKart
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Message Posted: May 13, 2014 10:54:44 AM

The 30 day rank applies to members, but not to member/location. Top Spotter is location-specific. It does not include all site activity, but only posting prices for that location. Doesn't seem to matter whether you post one price or all prices. I'm not sure that it picked up my "diesel-only" price post, though.
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WEPSMAN
Champion Author South Dakota

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Message Posted: May 12, 2014 9:52:04 AM

Don't know, don't really care.
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EvPv
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Message Posted: May 12, 2014 8:40:57 AM

The 30 day rank includes ALL points: from price posts to reading news stories to commenting to inviting friends to join GasBuddy.
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BigKart
Champion Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: May 12, 2014 8:26:37 AM

Not seeking glory, but I'm a computer guy and stuff like the calculation behind it just stays on my mind until I figure it out. Looking for the pattern, and couldn't find where anyone else had asked the question. (A search-for-topic would be a good addition to the forum!) GB seems to value it (locations show the top several spotters) but doesn't tell you what the criteria is.
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Jake92876
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 11:00:29 PM

I've been curious about this too. I've posted at stations for consecutive days and it'll show that I've posted once in the last 30 days, if at all.
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deant99
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 8:27:45 PM

I have not figured out the formula as yet. The description suggests a rolling 30 days.
I love the posters that haven't read the information statement and post 20 times a day at a location.
The beginning of a new month does weird things to the number too or so it seems.
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TrixieNY
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 4:37:12 PM

If it's glory you seek, I will provide you accolades: All hail BigKart, for he is a Top Spotter!
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