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Jim8080

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:17:07 PM

It's tough posting fuel prices for independent stations, unless someone else has entered prices recently for that station. You must use the "other" option in the station window, and soon you are directed to entering data for a new station, even though it appears on the master station map.

It would be very helpful to be able to select a station from the Master Station map http://www.losangelesgasprices.com/stationmasterlist_nv.aspx
to enter current prices and/or include it in Members Favorite Station list.

Maybe this topic has been covered earlier, but I can't figure out how to search the forum.

Thanks, Jim



[Edited by: Jim8080 at 10/17/2012 11:18:32 PM EST]
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:47:53 PM

I think it is easy to know what to call a station, namely whatever the public will see by virtue of signage. The purpose is that the public easily recognize the station on the road, not correctly catogorize ownership or affiliation (although the latter may be necessary for some benefits such as discounts and the like).

At least we have two fields in the MSL available for naming.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:19:23 PM

bmcrobOH :
"I also find it confusing when you have multiple names for one gas station. For example they sell Marathon Gas but it is run by circle K or it is listed as a Stop and Go or some other name. This leads to confusion by the users."

It may be confusing to the users, and the various names/identification isn't according to Gas Buddy convention, but it's something that will always happen as long as different people refer to or identify gas stations by local namse.

You've identified part of the problem, it's a Marathon Gas station; it's a Circle K station, it may have been operated by Stop and Go (before it was operated by Circle K) and locals know it as the Stop and Go, or by Jim's Stop and Go, or by Jim's, or by the Euclid Street Marathon (or Euclid Street Circle K, and so on).

The best you can do is try to contact local members posting the price for that station, either by starting a local topic or by white board, and asking that you all come up with one way to identify the station, to limit redundancy or confusion.
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bmcrobOH
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 7:54:59 AM

I agree completely. I also find it confusing when you have multiple names for one gas station. For example they sell Marathon Gas but it is run by circle K or it is listed as a Stop and Go or some other name. This leads to confusion by the users.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 6:17:57 AM

Jim8080 - To change the time limit, go to the lower right hand corner of the map and change the time from 48 hours to Show All Stations. The star is just after the station name.

Also, you appear to be talking about the map under the Master Station List while CK and I are talking about the maps under the Gas Price Maps tab.

[Edited by: Scrapheap at 10/20/2012 6:21:44 AM EST]
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2012 10:30:58 PM

Start at the Gas Price Maps item on the menu at the top of any GB page and all will be revealed.
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Jim8080
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2012 2:21:08 AM

Thanks for your help, CampKohler and kwzh.

CampKohler: I couldn’t couldn’t figure out how to change the map’s time limit, but think it is already set to a high value, since a station in my favorites (Sunshine Truck Stop in Wilmington, CA) no longer lists prices but is shown on the Master Station List Map. Also, I couldn’t find a white star when the detail balloon is displayed.

I finally tried using the "Search the List For Your Station" area, entering California for the State and All of California for the Metro area. Next, I entered the exact name in the Station field. The station(s) with that name appear to the right of the map, and I click Add to My Favorites as needed. The name must be the same as listed in the GasBuddy master list. Entering Sunshine doesn’t list all stations with Sunshine as part of the name.

If I need an exact name, I use the map to find the station, click on it, and the detail balloon lists the exact name.

If there are too many stations listed to check conveniently, I include the city. This problem hasn’t occurred with independent stations, but does occur with name brand stations. Unfortunately, the map still displays all stations in all cities instead of just those selected, but using Show on Map will flag a station.

Entering the exact station name doesn’t seem to be as critical with name brand stations. Entering Chevron included Chevron (Extra Mile). I found some other quirks, too. For example, a station identified as Seal Beach Chevron on Yahoo! Local and Google Maps is Chevron in the data base. Looking for a station at the appropriate location with the Master Station List Map resolves this issue.

It was pretty obvious once I tried it, and I realized I was following kwzh’s suggestion, but it took both answers for me to see the light.

Jim
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 4:24:42 AM

Another method exists for adding a station to your FSL, one that does not require knowing the street name. Locate it on the Map Gas Prices Map, which is below the Gas Price Maps* menu item. Set the map's Time Limit to All Stations so that the desired station will show on the map even if the last reported price has aged beyond the limit of the map's default (48 hours). Click the desired station's price icon to bring up the station's detail balloon. Click the white star to add the station to your FSL. A yellow star indicates that the station already exists in your FSL. Stations added will have a default Sort Order of 1, with all stations of the same Sort Order being sorted alphabetically.

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*The word maps appears so often at GB, because it is (irony of ironies) spam spelled backword. This is from the Monty Python skit where a store sells nothing but maps and the only way any of them can be located is by reference to another map. It's true I tell you.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 3:05:39 AM

Jim8080 writes,
> to select a station from the [MSL] ... include it in Members Favorite Station list.

This feature already exists -- on the MSL page, after you do a search and find your station, click on "Add To My Favorites".

> I can't figure out how to search the forum.

CampKohler has been indexing all suggestions; you could look there. Or, use Google with some likely search terms, along with intitle:"gas prices" to restrict the search to GasBuddy.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 3:01:29 AM

You might peruse the unfinished Sistine Chap... uh, I mean Suggestion Tracking List to locate previous suggestions.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 10/18/2012 3:02:26 AM EST]
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