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mister8tch

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:33:37 PM

I have been on GB for a little over a year, yet it seems this web site has not undergone any facelifts or marked changes. I enjoy the forum section, and many of the categories, but I am wondering if the message system here might be updated so that, perhaps, rather than having to scroll thru to find a particular topic, a search/find box might be incorporated.

Another good idea might be to have a thumbs up/thumbs down choice for entries. I read many, many thoughtful comments about various topics, and it would be nice to show the writer an appreciation of that insight, rather than having to, necessarily, write a post. It might also be fun to have a counter for your posts, to see just how many people have read it.

And is there a way to combine individual GB point totoals, with others in a state of region? For instance, since I belong to "richmond" gas prices, how might I find how my point total compares with those who belong to "virginia" gas prices?

Maybe some of these features exist and I haven't found them.

Perhaps others could suggest web site improvements.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:08:28 AM

npothier, I don't know what the smartphone version is like, but on the full Web site you can either (a) use the menu but control it with the keyboard instead of the mouse (in effect, type the first few letters of the city and you're there), or (b) select "Other" for the city and then type it in by hand, or (c) use the map interface instead. Would any of those meet your needs?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 2:56:02 PM


FXSpringer01 wrote:
"I would like to see more information in general about diesel fuel."

What information about diesel fuel would you like to see?
Or maybe the question is, what do you mean be "more information in general"?
Are you asking for more diesel price posting, or are you asking something different?npothier wrote:
"I sure would like to be able to type in the name of the city that I'm trying to post the gas price rather than scrolling down through tons of city names. I post prices from my cell phone on my way in to work while my husband drives, and I hate that by the time I find the right city, we have come up to the next gas station."

If you're using the mobile app on your cell phone, why not simply use the map feature and update prices (after clicking on the station icon) as you drive along?If you're using the full website from the browser on your phone, why not simply create a list of favorite stations and update prices from your favorites list?

It seems that what you're asking for is already available, just that you haven't yet used the features you're asking for.

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FXSpringer01
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:52:06 AM

I would like to see more information in general about diesel fuel.
Thanks
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npothier
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:06:08 AM

I sure would like to be able to type in the name of the city that I'm trying to post the gas price rather than scrolling down through tons of city names. I post prices from my cell phone on my way in to work while my husband drives, and I hate that by the time I find the right city, we have come up to the next gas station. If I could manually type in the city or town that I spot the gas prices, that would be awesome :)
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 2:15:23 AM

Pretty slick! To make it easy to remember: tinyurl.com/gbleaders.
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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:48:33 AM

Finding your rank across the whole state is easy — just go to this web site:
http://www.hovercode.com/gas/virginia.php

I believe that the same system has been setup for all 50 states as well as the Canadian provinces. Just change “virginia” in the above link to your own state to get this result.

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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 2:25:37 PM



"I have been on GB for a little over a year, yet it seems this web site has not undergone any facelifts or marked changes.'

I'm not sure that, just because it's been over a year, that this web site needs to undergo any facelifts, or marked changes.

Changing the "face" simply because it hasn't been changed for a certain period of time, doesn't necessarily improve the website. So, perhaps, the better question is, what facelift changes do you want? What facelift changes do you think are necessary? What about the "face" of the website would you keep or remove?

As for "marked changes", again the question is, what marked changes do you think are necessary? One of the problems of "marked changes" is that you might like the marked (major) changes but others won't, or others might like the marked changes but you won't. Maybe the best changes aren't "marked changes" but subtle changes.

Just my opinion.

However, I agree with the earlier posts that a "thumbs up/thumbs down" and wouldn't add anything to the discussion unless there was reasoning behind the "thumb", reasoning such as a member posting what he/she agreed or disagreed with about the idea (which may, in fact, be a good idea or good suggestion or good comment or good response, but may simply not be possible or needed). One of the many things you would see would be one person posting "prices are too high", "avoid the goughers", "big oil this...or that" get thumbs up. But what does that mean without any comment by the thumber? About as much as "thumbs down" mean for a person that explains the pricing system or the oil industry or the investor's perspective (call it stock holders or speculators, if you will), even if the comments are valid, insightful, or informative; because (as you know, "THEY" all are ripping us off) you know that that view will get a thumbs down, no necessarily because the comments are wrong, but because you disagree with "big oil" or prices.

Sorry, include me in the "don't need" likes/dislikes, thumbs up/thumbs down.

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kwzh
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 1:57:11 AM

For a while, we did have the equivalent of thumbs up/down -- but among the small fraction of the population that didn't ignore it, it seemed to me that it was mostly used by a small cabal that would upvote each other and downvote certain people they didn't like (regardless of message content). Failed experiment; probably not worth repeating in this form.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 9:09:56 PM

These suggestions have been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on existing subjects and a new subject. I oppose thumb*-up/thumb-down or Like buttons and similar mechanisms, because it doesn't matter a whit what anyone likes or dislikes; what IS important is the reasoning behind their opinions. Unless someone is about to hand out cash or free hamburgers, gut feelings are not going to (and shouldn't) change my mind. However, I look forward to reading about their thinking, which would definitely require them to go to the trouble of posting.

I agree that a hit counter would be interesting, although there is something to be said for not pandering to public appeal like some politician. I think if you have a good idea, it should survive on merit and not popularity. But it would be interesting.

If you have more than one suggestion, please post them in separate new topics. It's cleaner that way. Thanks.

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*But I'm for opposable thumbs.



[Edited by: CampKohler at 11/30/2012 9:17:02 PM EST]
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