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rbirling

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:53:49 PM

Can you add alerts for when prices in a search go above/below a certain amount? Or new high or low prices? I'm sorry if I missed it, but I don't currently see a way to set up alerts.
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musicreporter
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:08:59 PM

let's try it
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 12:03:31 PM

EBR:
Like you, I found it interesting, I just didn't understand how it's supposed to help me.

Based on CampKohler's reply to me regarding the material and script writing, etc., being difficult to understand, when he wrote "No, it's not supposed to help you. You were not the addressee.", I assume that the post wasn't intended for you, as you don't appear to be the addressee anymore than I was. I'm sure, based on CampKohler's reply to me, that you should expect a similar reply, but perhaps worded thanking you and then telling you you weren't the intended recipient. But that's just based on previous posting; that's all.
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EBR
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 9:49:07 AM

I, for one, found it interesting and useful.
Thanx CK
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:49:12 PM

Who is it suppose to help, CK?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:25:41 PM

Sorry. I, obviously in error, assumed that since you titled it Food for Thought, and didn't indicate it was for one or more specific members, that the link was for all of us to take a look at. Does that mean I'm not supposed to be able to take advantage of suggestions or links that members post unless they're specifically addressed to me? And not comment on them if I find them confusing, and assume that others might also find them confusing? (Granted, with that last sentence, I'm probably giving myself more credit for computer literacy than I probably should.)
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 5:17:41 PM

GB: No, it's not supposed to help you. You were not the addressee.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 3:14:04 PM

I read the "Food for Thought" article and it's, to this computer-illiterate member, not easy to understand. How is it supposed t help me do Gas Buddy activities? Or is it supposed to help me?

If this is in response to my earlier comment that building a script doesn't seem easy fr most people to do, is the suggestion (to use the Food for Thought instructions), that people actually need to learn detailed computer coding or scripting in order t better use Gas Buddy? I'm confused.

But then I've already been criticized for saying some of the CampKohler detailed posts and wikis, etc., are difficult to comprehend for the average Gas Buddy member. Maybe I'm wrong; maybe all of it is very simple, easy to comprehend and do, and I'm the only one not seeing the simplicity and ease of use.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:17:19 AM

Yup food for thought and nothing else.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 9:54:28 PM

Here's some food for thought.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 4:33:22 PM

Really CK? Do you know what it takes to write a script? Jeesh!

This idea is really not needed. On the full site one can find out what the low and high prices are very easily. And this can be done on the phone apps as well!
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 2:59:39 PM

GB: Of course it would be difficult for the average member to build a local method to accomplish his objective. And I did use the phrase "if you are really motivated....," because I was aware of the steep (at least for me) learning curve without previous programming experience or help from someone with that experience. But is that all you've got? IT'S HARD? Well, lots of things are hard, but nothing gets done without trying to do them.

I don't know rbirling, so I am not ready to write him off as too stupid or lazy to be able to do it. Planting a seed in his mind might get him thinking about how to do it or at least asking others how it might be done. The only alternative is to suggest he simply wait unitil the feature he wants is announced in What's New, which should be "Real Soon Now."

As to the meaning of prassu212's plaintive bleats, do we know of any way to get E-mails sent as a result of pricing? Are there any E-mails sent for anything other than Tell a Friend and this? If so, I am willing to learn about it; I'm all ears and on pins and needles.
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MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 2:27:48 PM

maybe just lonely
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 2:17:02 PM

prassu2012:

What are you asking for or what do you mean by your successive posts of:

"by emails"
and
"gas prices alert by sending emails"

Gas Buddy already provides e-mail alerts. Are you asking for something different? Or are you trying to clarify or respond to something someone already commented on (or on the original post)?
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prassu2012
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 9:25:57 AM

by emails
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prassu2012
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 9:25:37 AM

gas prices alert by sending emails
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 6:24:55 AM

Hey! Let's add CK's suggestion to our wikis!
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:37:38 PM

CampKohler:

Do you really think that:

"...build a script on a PC that would periodically pull up one's own FSL (or a special version of it set up for the purpose), parse the current prices and, if they met certain criteria, send out an E-mail, text message or whatever. (This would be harder to do with the home page's price lists, because the prices are pictures of numbers and not numbers themselves for the purpose of preventing the scraping of prices from the site.)"

is a realistic solution for a member to do?

You don't think that your suggestion is a little bit difficult for the average computer user or Gas Buddy member to do?
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:02:09 PM

music: If you are really motivated, it might be possible to DIY: build a script on a PC that would periodically pull up one's own FSL (or a special version of it set up for the purpose), parse the current prices and, if they met certain criteria, send out an E-mail, text message or whatever. (This would be harder to do with the home page's price lists, because the prices are pictures of numbers and not numbers themselves for the purpose of preventing the scraping of prices from the site.)
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:06:16 PM

rbirling

"how about an alert when the price trend in an area changes between falling, steady, and rising?"

Isn't this already on the home page? And doesn't Gas Buddy already have an e-mail alert program? Do you really expect that you should get "alerts" to let you know prices are steady? Wouldn't that simply add to excessive "alerts", being continually informed that "everything's the same...something just changed up...something just changed down...steady the past several minutes/hours", etc.
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musicreporter
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 3:02:35 PM

Can we at least try this?
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 10:13:51 PM

rbirling: I don't really have a sense of how well the GB trend tracking arrows follow the market, especially since they probably are tied to the one's entire area (assumption on my part). That may not be useful for judging what is going on in one's immediate area, which could be leading or following the other areas or the metro-area as a whole. The latter would be especially true if one's home site was a state site (vs. a metro-area site), because it wouldn't be useful to have your E-mails triggered of by some spurt of activity possibly hundreds of miles away.
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musicreporter
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:10:47 AM

would you vote yes if we decided to try out these email alerts at least temporarily?
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musicreporter
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:09:15 AM

this would be very useful
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rbirling
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 12:07:11 AM

OK how about an alert when the price trend in an area changes between falling, steady, and rising? (I did find that there are a couple of alerts available in the settings.)
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:35:41 PM

"Before this suggestion is added to CampKohler's list, perhaps it needs to be better explained."

Why? Nothing else one that list has been better explained before it was added.
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rbirling
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 8:17:20 PM

Wow, that's more quick action than I've ever seen on a web forum suggestion. :-)

In my mind, I'd like a "hey there's a new low price that popped up" alert. Yeah, that may be a little ambiguous. ;-) Or a "prices are going higher" alert. I did just find the preference for email alerts that are a little like this.

I'll think a little and see if I can add some more concrete suggestions. Thanks.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 8:01:32 PM

In my opinion, the language of the first part of the suggestion is unambiguous: The user does a (saved?) search and whatever the prices result, if the system sees a specified deviation therefrom by a "certain amount," an E-mailed is sent. (In electronics this would be analogous to a crossing detector set to values above and below the level.)

I think the second part is less obvious as to the reason for wanting it, but since a computer can easily recognize increases or decreases from previous prices it should be doable. However, as Gas_Buddy suggests, there is the question of which previous prices would be the standard for comparison.

This suggestion could certainly benefit from a fleshing out as to how the author envisions it working step by step, but the gist of the idea (which is enough to index it in the STL) is apparent. Let's hope we can encourage rbirling to provide more details.

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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:28:52 PM

Before this suggestion is added to CampKohler's list, perhaps it needs to be better explained.

Are you, rbirling, suggesting that members pick and choose the high and low prices that will trigger Gas Buddy notifying you if prices go above or below your price benchmarks?

And you're suggesting that you be notified when gas reaches an all-time low and/or an all-time high? If so, chances are you won't again see prices as low as they were only a decade ago, let alone "an all time low". Don't forget, depending where you lived, prices were regularly in the mid-20 cent range. And, chances are you probalby won't see the $5 price range you saw in the reasonable future.

Or are you suggesting that you be notified when a new high or new low is reached, say compared to a certain date?
And, are you suggesting that you be notified only if an all-time high or low was reached for the Gas Buddy Austin area, or for anywhere/everywhere?

Just wondering, but while I can understanding why members might want to be notified that prices are increasing or decreasing, I'm not sure I see any value in Gas Buddy notifying everyone that an all-time price (high or low) has been reached. After all, just members aren't going to be running out to buy gas just because a price benchmark has been reached; if the all-time low is reached and they can wait, many (most?) will assume that the price will drop further.

Because there are too many questions concerning this question, I think CampKohler is premature in adding it to his list. In my opinion.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:41:06 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on an existing subject.

I don't believe this feature currently exists.
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