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fitbobcat

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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 7:58:23 AM

Not everyone has a laptop in there car. Or they dont want to take out there phone just to log a gas price. I think there should be an official gasbuddy log where you write down the name, date, time and price. And post it online for everyone else to print your own gas log. Who agrees
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:22:37 PM


mizzybanana:

"I agree with fitbobcat you got my vote anyone else?"

You're agreeing with fitbobcat (who doesn't seem to be posting very many gas prices since making his suggestion about price posting) that, because people don't want to take out a phone or laptop to post prices, they should carry an "official gasbuddy log" to record the gas station information:

You really think that an "official" gasbuddy log is necessary?
You don't think that it can be written on, perhaps, a plain sheet of paper or on a clipboard or notebook in the car? You really need something "official"?
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tdioiler wrote:

"I thought the price posting was to increase accuracy of the prices in GB? So taking only fill up pricing (while you are standing at thepric pump) will reduce the number of accurate postings. I only fill once every week."

No; the price posting isn't to "increase accuracy of the prices in GB"
There are no gas prices in Gas Buddy without members posting prices; it's not as if Gas Buddy management is posting prices and members are updating/correcting them.

Price posting, which should be accurate to begin with, is to let other gas buddy members know the prices in their area, without each and every driver having to drive out of their way (wasting gas, money for gas, and time) to see what the prices are for themselves. Price posting is, simply, the sharing of information so that others can be more knowledgeable shoppers.

"...being able to post later brings in the issue that the price changes. I drive by a station twice a day. The price usually changes about 9 am. But the owner of the station will post the lowest price possible, then change the sign and up the prices."

It doesn't matter when prices are posted. If you don't post prices because "it might change later", then there are no prices for others to see. The accuracy, and timeliness of price posting, is continual and is only as accurate as to the time the price was posted (or, if appropriate, backdated if you post afterwards). And yes, gas stations can and do change their prices, sometimes daily, and not all change the price at the same time; that's up to the gas station to do, just as auto dealers and other merchants change their prices as circumstances change.

"By evening, when I drive by again, the posted price should have been changed up but someone has reposted a lower price seen earlier in the day."

It sounds as if you're saying people shouldn't be posting prices if the price might change.

"So post as close to time you saw it would work better or your attempt at posting an earlier post than contained in the DB should be ignored."

I'm not sure that I understand that sentence, but the first part is correct. You should post prices approximately the time you saw the price, in order that the price is accurate. However, that's not always possible. You can, however, on the full website (which can be accessed from many mobile devices and phones' browsers, indicate the approximate time you saw the price; you cannot do this from the mobile app, however.
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tdioiler
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:13:37 AM

I thought the price posting was to increase accuracy of the prices in GB? So taking only fill up pricing (while you are standing at the pump) will reduce the number of accurate postings. I only fill once every week.

But being able to post later brings in the issue that the price changes. I drive by a station twice a day. The price usually changes about 9 am. But the owner of the station will post the lowest price possible, then change the sign and up the prices.

By evening, when I drive by again, the posted price should have been changed up but someone has reposted a lower price seen earlier in the day.

So post as close to time you saw it would work better or your attempt at posting an earlier post than contained in the DB should be ignored.
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mizzybanana
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 10:03:36 PM

I agree with fitbobcat you got my vote anyone else?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 6:40:45 AM

Yes CK you can set up your favorites based on routes but that is completely up to the member to do. I have mine set up by area.
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kinger9976433
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 1:23:38 AM

I'm also not sure this is necessary. I agree, most people don't carry laptops/notebooks with them in their vehicles. However, I would think it would be easier to pull out ones phone to record price than to make sure a working pen/pencil is in the car all the time. My car has enough stray paper in it anyway :)
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Karisholman
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 10:53:17 PM

I would not think it necessary
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 6:52:31 PM

GB: I don't interpret this suggestion as you to. I do not believe the author is trying to log his purchases, but instead wishes to log the prices he has spotted along his route for later posting by PC. Note that while he includes name, date, time and price (all necessary for reporting), he does not mention quantity, which would normally be recorded in a fuel log. Also since refueling in most situations is done at most once per day, logging the time of purchase is not an important fuel log item, whereas the T.S. is a needed reporting item.

fitbobcat: I see that you have made only one post since recently joining GasBuddy as a new member and from it reaped a whirlwind. This is not your fault in the least. Disregard the GasBuddy Unwelcome Wagon.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 6:18:48 PM

Routes can certainly be set up in the FSL. All but one of the sections of my FSL consist of routes and always have. All of the sections are in one long FSL. Each section has a header (dummy station) naming the route, suitably decorated to make it stand out visually. The name is begun with a hyphen, so that a [Ctrl-F} search of, say, "-c" instantly raises the "-Carmichael" route to the top of the page. Beneath the header are all of the stations are arranged in the order of appearance along the route by virtue of the Sort Order field (skipping every other value to leave room for an additional station should a new one come into existence along the way at some future time).

The stations in the last section of the FSL, entitled "Unsorted Stations," all have the same S.O., so that they sort by default alphabetically. These are those stations that I have reported at one time in the past, but, due to not travelling near them on a regular basis, I have not chosen to place on a route.

Being that the mind has the natural ability to lock in things to be remembered by virtue of their sequence along a route, I find that I can more quickly locate a single station that I happen to encounter off route by looking for them on some existing route (even a route not recently traveled than by any other method.

Lest it be believed that I selfishly kept this method from my fellow members, I will tell you that the above was published in a topic set up for discussing FSL matters several years ago, but which topic has since drifted into the mists due a lack of new material to keep it alive. No matter how interesting or informative a topic in this forum may be, if it is so complete as to not elicit new material, it erodes into deletion. As wikis do not have this failing, I shall as time permits write this method up in detail for the benefit of others who "don't understand how the site works." We non-understanders, being the newbies that we are, have to stick together.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 12/21/2012 6:27:50 PM EST]
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 2:21:35 PM

What is the point of this suggestion?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 9:58:53 PM

And routes don't get entered into your favorites list CK. Your favorites list consists of stations not routes. You really don't understand how this site works, do you CK.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 7:21:39 PM





This isn't about the Favorite Stations List; it's about posting, maybe once or twice a week, how much fuel you bought at the gas station, when you bought it, and what price you paid. I doubt a dedicated voice recorder is necessary, not when, in my opinion, a simple pen and paper will suffice until you get home. But that's just my opinion.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 7:00:55 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic.

This might be useful if driving in some random manner or on a never-before-traveled route. Howevever, for routes that have been entered into one's FSL, there is already existing the capability to print the FSL if you know where you are going ahead of time. Personally, I find it easier and less distracting to use the iPhone's voice recorder app or a dedicated voice recorder.

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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:56:35 PM

Not sure why there has to be an official Gas Buddy log but why not simply keep the receipt that you get at the pump? Doesn't the receipt already have all the information you're looking to record? And isn't there room to write your odometer reading and your "miles traveled" if you want.

Even if all you did was post the price and other information on a piece of paper (any piece of paper you can rip off a magazine, or newspaper, etc.) wouldn't it be easier than trying to find where you put your "official" log sheets? After all, it's not as if there was a lot of information you had to remember to log, and it's not as if you would be turning in or filing your "official" log sheets. Are you?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 9:23:46 AM

Well daggum you could create your own! Set it all up an print it out and there ya go! Oh hey, did ya look in the owners manual of your car? There might be one there already!
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