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JR57CA

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Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 11:31:58 AM

This site relies on ACTUAL information from us. When people post prices, which are not based on physical actual knowledge, it defeats the entire premise. PLEASE DO NOT POST A PRICE IF YOU HAVE NOT ACTUALLY SEEN IT IN THE TIME FRAME DESIGNATED. I know for a fact, at one of my regular stations the price is currently lower than what another posted, supposedly sighted an hour ago. Now the listing is skewed in the wrong direction because of this irresponsible "poster". This is not helpful to others.
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bthor76
Rookie Author New Orleans

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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 7:52:22 PM

I agree.
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gwhizz13
All-Star Author Abbotsford

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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2013 2:27:08 PM

I live five minutes from four gas stations, by the time I get home and onto my computer it is 10 minutes (I have a car phone, not a cell phone)so yes a time it was spotted feature is good.
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 8:38:27 AM

I don't think getting rid of the point system will significantly decrease inaccurate posts. People will still post kerosene prices as diesel prices. What would really help is tying the grades checked for each station in the MSL to what could be posted for that station.
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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 12:49:20 AM

“Getting rid of the point system, I believe members will post 100% accurate fuel prices.”

If you believe that you probably also believe in fairies and the Easter bunny. Getting rid of points might raise the accuracy somewhat but never 100%. What it will definitely do is reduce the total number of prices posted significantly. I’m not so sure that is a tradeoff worth making. I would keep the 750 points for 5 price posts while getting rid of the various other awards, which I believe do contribute to faux price posts.

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Don
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 4:57:52 PM

We do ask that users only post prices that they've physically seen and confirmed for themselves. If you need to report a price at a later time other than when you saw a price, that is what the Time Spotted feature is provided for.

If you notice an inaccurate or outdated price on GasBuddy, and know what the correct and current prices is, please update it for everyone else in your area to see.

You can use the website feedback area to bring a user to our attention if they're consistently providing inaccurate info.

Thanks for your help!

-Don
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sharansri
All-Star Author Seattle

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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 10:17:51 PM

yes i agree..if not seen or not very sure better dont post wrong price..its misleading
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cyklone
Rookie Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 12:30:49 AM

I agree!! This site is intended to inform people of prices in their area. It is not a competition to see how many stations you can post to and have left on the page. Even worse when you know the prices are incorrect or, in some cases, post diesel prices when the station does not even have diesel for sale. When I see it, I want to change what they have put in, but as stated below, if I have not seen the actual price at the station, I won't report it. Also, kind of odd when they not only post the regular gas price, but every grade of gas at every station. So they are telling me they just drove all around town, stopped at every station and wrote down every price just to have their name on the list???!!!
Get rid of trophy system and you will have less people generating prices to gain points, show off, and bullying other members "that's my area/town".
Getting rid of the point system, I believe members will post 100% accurate fuel prices.
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 6:27:35 AM

If you know the correct price, fix it and report the offender to the moderators. If you don't know the correct price but do know the price posted is incorrect, zero it out and report it to the moderators.
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CampKohler
Champion Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 7:16:50 PM

Correct the price yourself, and if the offender repeats, report him to a moderator.
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Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 2:28:37 PM

The suggestion, then, is to "follow the rules"?

Unfortunately, not everyone updates gas prices on their app immediately after seeing the price, but rather wait until they feel safe to do so, which can be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or so (or more) later). Not everyone posts gas prices from the full website, whereby they can adjust the time of their posting. Nor, I assume, do many members realize that the time of sighting can be adjusted.

What you're saying, however, seems as if there's one gas price post that there's an isolated station for which someone posted a price that lowered between the time they saw the price and the time they posted the price. That happens. While it would be good if all price posts were perfect, not everyone can post immediately upon seeing a price (nor should they, necessarily). But unless the postings are egregious, I could live with the good intent of a member posting prices he/she's seen relatively recently.
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