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Tommyguns45

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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 8:44:02 AM

I agree with Lynn a person should least make a comment about a subject so we can see their views instead of a yes or no or a yawn just to get points fast and find another to answer the same way. Maybe no points unless the Post consist of least 10 words??
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drillintheUSA
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2013 7:16:47 AM

no sweat here
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joshou
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 6:31:18 PM


no points unless the Post consist of least 10 words wouldn't really help any more. if people want to get the east and fast 20 points for that post there going to.. so all that would change is a post from "yes" to post along the line of "yes . . . . . . . . ." or "yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes"

I agree with the "don't sweat the small stuff folks" thinking.

[Edited by: joshou at 3/28/2013 6:33:40 PM EST]
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SmartShopper520
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 10:42:40 AM

Don't sweat the small stuff folks ... some questions simply ask for a Yes or NO reply. Let's each try to make this a place of consensus whereby we are each here for the good of all with our consumption of petro. GOD BLESS ALL!!
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 11:36:53 PM

Since they're using the path of least resistance to gaining points, perhaps it would be sufficient to leave the point system as-is, but make it MORE WORK to post to a news thread than to go to JFF. Adding an Are-You-Sure page or a CAPTCHA might help, though I think it would be better to have the news-links lead to a page where the story can be read, but there is NO link to post a reply.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 8:55:18 PM

kzwh - that's why my #1 was to remove points from newsville.
Maybe a 3rd point - no points for ALL CAPS?
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havagal
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 7:50:18 PM

WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO JUST PUT NUMBERS ONE AFTER THE OTHER?? SHOULDN'T THAT BE STOPPED?? I SEE IT ALL THE TIME. THAT'S JUST TO GET POINTS. HAS SOMEONE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT THAT YET?
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 7:38:29 PM

Gas_Buddy writes,
> Move Just For Fun, and perhaps Off Topic, to the top of the Forum discussions list

Unfortunately, the most egregious use of "ok" seems to be in the news threads, and those people are probably not even going to the main forum page in the first place -- they're just clicking on the news item (which earns points), and then clicking on the Reply link (which earns more points).
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 4:10:49 PM

I agree with TxJeans suggestion below.

Move Just For Fun, and perhaps Off Topic, to the top of the Forum discussions list. It might not solve the problem of one-word (the "ok' type responses such as twopairAL felt necessary (below), but it might lead to the "points members" going to the first choice available.

At worse, nothing is changed, and the one-word responders continue to post in the more substantive discussion categories, but even if it's just a minor reduction it's better than nothing.

The other option is, of course, a discussion filter that prohibits a posting of "ok" or "okay" from being made (forgetting that such a response may, in fact, be appropriate), but most "old-tiemrs" here (in the Suggest a Website Improvement and Talk Back to Us discussion categories) know that there are members that will complain about censorship and freedom of speech.

Again, TxJeans' suggestion is something worth trying. In my opinion.
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CptSteve
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:23:34 PM

I really don't see it as an issue either way. I don't come onto these message boards for entertainment anyway.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 3:36:39 PM

Sigh - this place unfortunately is over run these days with those that are only interested in the "points" to win a gas card that they have as much chance of winning as we have in getting rid of those one word posts from those too stupid to post their fluff for futile points in the Just For Fun.

For that matter, most of the topics in the GENERAL forum qualify as JFF.

Here is a suggestion - 2 part:
1 - remove points for posting in the NEWSVILLE
2 - Move the JFF forum up to the top of the FORUM list so that those lazy folks can find it easier.

And, as far as I am concerned, throw out the APPS awards. I finally got a SP and I really couldn't care less about the APPS awards.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 3:16:39 PM

Gascomber wrote > I think one word answers are sufficient if that's what the individual chooses to do. Not everyone is interested in having a long conversation with other members.

So its okay for them to prevent members who are interested in long conversations from doing so? Why not go to the Just For Fun forum, find a thread that is made just for scoring points and post there instead? That is what that forum exists for.

Gascomber wrote > It already takes long enough for a busy person to log in daily to comment on five forums.

Nonsense. Just bookmark this thread post 5 Xs and you are done in less than 1 minute.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:49:08 PM

gascomber wrote:

"The purpose of most members joining is to earn points toward winning a gas card, not making friends."

Sorry, but in my opinion, most members join to help their people in their traveling/commuting area learn fuel prices, in the same manner that they perceive they benefit from other members posting prices so that they don't have to spend time or money driving around searching for low prices on their own. Yes, many members do collect points in the belief that they'll win the one weekly gas card that's awarded, and many others take price in having various app awards (that no one but they can see), most are here for better reasons than "points".

"It already takes long enough for a busy person to log in daily to comment on five forums. Any response is enough."

If a person's day is already so busy that they can't provide more than a one word or one number response to a substantive issue, than their day is probably too busy to waste posting a response in any discussion, regardless of how the length of their response, let alone respond to five discussion issues. They can, to save time, simply post their one word response five times in a "Just For Fun" topic they made a favorite. Especially if they're so busy but Gas Buddy is THAT important to spend time on.
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gascomber
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:34:36 PM

I think one word answers are sufficient if that's what the individual chooses to do. Not everyone is interested in having a long conversation with other members. The purpose of most members joining is to earn points toward winning a gas card, not making friends. It already takes long enough for a busy person to log in daily to comment on five forums. Any response is enough.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 3:06:18 AM

Just putting in my two-cents worth of a subject that I have an opinion on. I agree with all you say. I think I was saying the same thing one-post earlier.

As far as closing the question up...go for it. Like we both said, there are way too many forums and so little time. I like to browse and if something catches my eye I'll read and respond to a lot of them. I can care less about points. I like a good conversation/debate. When you get my age you look to anything for amusement. LOL

P.S. I use Wikipedia a lot for information but not as gospel truth. I will usually get direction as to where to find more indepth information. It works most of the time.

[Edited by: thorman52 at 2/17/2013 3:07:49 AM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 1:34:54 PM

thorman52 wrote:

"From Wikipedia: An Internet forum, or message board, i s an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.

Now this does not say that posted messages need to be a certain length but then again a one or two word posted message is hardly good conversation nor does it add much, if any, insight to a discussion."

It doesn't matter what Wikipedia or any other reference site says what an internet forum or message board is.

All that matters is what is common sense and common courtesy, as well as contributing to the discussion. This website has decided to allow discussions, has a relatively number of substantive topics, and more than ample topics in which members can post for points.

This topic, however, has been discussed in depth and ad nauseum. All that will result with continued discussion here is a rehash of what's been said, generally y the same members, and a sprinkling of posts which will read: Hmmm, okay, interesting, good idea, and so forth.

This topic, because it's been discussed so much in other threads, should be closed as little additional insight will be posted.
In my opinion.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 11:40:18 AM

From Wikipedia: An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.

Now this does not say that posted messages need to be a certain length but then again a one or two word posted message is hardly good conversation nor does it add much, if any, insight to a discussion.

My only beef is with those that use 3-4 posts to say one thing for the sole purpose of accumulating points. And there are many. There are many forums in which to answer and gain your daily point total without filling up just one forum with nothingness. Let your conscious be your guide.
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CSF
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 11:29:47 AM

I think we should ban all LESS THAN 30 word magazines! (I mean posts!)

In the meanwhile, please lock this inane thread.



[Edited by: CSF at 2/16/2013 11:30:58 AM EST]
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bmxstud
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 2:16:48 PM

ditto

(im already maxed out on daily points btw)

[Edited by: bmxstud at 2/13/2013 2:17:10 PM EST]
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 2:46:32 AM

Tommy, the previous discussion was started over five months ago. As noted, there have been a lot of responses, many of them shooting down your exact proposal. (Basically, adding a minimum word requirement would cause people who have nothing to say to post ten words of fluff instead of one; this makes the situation worse, not better.)

There are ways to address the fluff problem, but it's impossible to *make* people say something that's worth reading. Any "fix" that ignores this is doomed to fail.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:09:38 PM

Scoutmaster is right. This is nothing more than a continuation of a discussion closed a few days ago should be locked.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:47:33 PM

Moderators,

Please shut this topic down.
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CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:08:55 PM

Gas_Buddy, Lynn someone had a thread about this same thing and it was locked just a few days ago. Why this guy started a new thread is beyond me. All questions were answered over and over.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 4:19:56 PM

I have no idea who Lynn (named in the original post) is, but isn't this issue, whether one a one word "answer" is allowed dependent on what the question or issue is? Why is a "at least 10 word" response necessary if the question is "Do you think gas prices are too high?", or "How far is your daily commute", or "Do you think that one word responses to issues are appropriate?"

On the other hand, if this topic was created simply because a similar topic that ran more than it's normal course of discussion was closed, then I would say, "One word responses are appropriate depending on the issue", but that's fewer than ten words; I'd have to change "are" to "may be".

But, in my opinion, the already closed topic, if reviewed, would more than provide appropriate responses to the issue, and this topic can be closed from repetitious discussion.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:02:11 AM

We don't need a dozen topics about the same thing. This should be locked.
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