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1968MGB

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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 9:02:29 AM

The Canadian map is useless. You only get a gas price range in a province. The American one is much better as you can see all of the prices posted in any area. I've sent emails to GASBuddy asking to make the Cdn one like the American one for over two years and nothing has happened. They say that it's up to the developers to decide when they'll work on it.

Maybe if all of you Canadian GASbuddys sent them an email, they'd do something.
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1968MGB
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2014 12:16:04 PM

Thanks for updating the Canadian map so that it now is as functional as the American one.
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1968MGB
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:58:30 PM

The Canadian map is not very useful because it only shows a range of prices in an area. This range (of up to 10 cents per litre which equals about 40 cents per US gallon) is too wide to be of any use.

The American one allows you to zoom in on a map which shows the location on the map along with the gas price for each gas station on the map. This is much more useful as it allows us GasBuddy users to easily see where the cheapest gas is. Sure we can look up a location and find the gas prices for an area, but it is more useful to see them on a map.

There are many US states that have a lot smaller population than Ontario Canada( 14 million), so if you can do it for Nebraska (population 1.8 million) you should be able to do it for Ontario Canada.

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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:18:00 PM

One would think that the code for the MGP map, once written and operational for the U.S., would be immediately reusable for our neighbors of a more frozen persuasion. So I suspect the lack of a MGP map in Canada has less to do with site function and more to do with licensing fees. It could be that it may not be possible to license the base map for foreign use. Or if it is, that there is a whopping fee that must be paid and GB has simply elected not to pay it unless it is persuaded that it must.

Canadian members may have to make a lot more collective noise to see their wish come true.
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a5
Champion Author Ottawa

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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:44:07 PM

I have been complaining about the heat maps for quite some time. You can zoom in to see the heat map by counties but the search queries for each county are wrong. They list the wrong towns or not enough of the correct ones, thus the values are wrong.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 11:12:13 AM

Realize that, perhaps, there are fewer Canadian Gas Buddy members in general, fewer localized Gas Buddy sites, fewer Canadian Gas Buddy members (proportionally) in fewer locales to have made the maps more definitive.

If you're going to suggest an improvement (changing the price identification), it might be preaching the obvious, but rather than simply say "the map is useless" and everyone e-mail Gas Buddy, why not say why you think the map should be changed and what the value of the change will be (beyond the current map is "useless", because while it may be "useless" to some, the general (current) range may be adequate for most people.

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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:27:05 AM

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

[Edited by: CampKohler at 1/16/2013 10:28:28 AM EST]
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