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Wanda127

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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:00:35 AM

If the category for total posting days were added then you would not be penalized for missing a day or 2 on the consecutive day ranking. The strips on the car should not be taken away when you only miss one day. Sometimes you don't have the internet or a computer available so you get penalized for missing just one day. They could easily have both consecutive days along with total days posting.

Add a category for percentage (and/or number) of days to GB age and one for the last posting date. This would show active and inactive GBs, too.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 12:28:58 AM

Consecutive Days is currently a positive number to denote a streak of activity; it could perhaps be modified so that a streak of inactivity would display a negative number of days, instead of 0.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 11:53:35 PM

GoGoGoodyear:
"A "last seen" date (as in last date logged in) might be marginally more useful than a "last posted" date to determine if a member is inactive."

How is last date logged in reconciled with having the "keep me logged in" feature activated? What a "last posted" annotation (or "last 'point earning' action") action does is enable others to see if the member is participating (versus lurking or gas-price-viewing-only).
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sharansri
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 10:16:45 PM

yes i go with last login (date time) of the member
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 4:04:21 AM


A "last seen" date (as in last date logged in) might be marginally more useful than a "last posted" date to determine if a member is inactive.
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 11:19:26 AM

"Not sure what that will do other than give you an average of how many points a member earned each day of membership. "

Gas_Buddy, it will give you a Participation Pct. (percent of total possible GB points) as I said.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 6:30:51 AM

I don't think so Zim. I think everyone gets a default profile. If a member gets banned then you get that verbiage when you look for their profile.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 3/10/2013 6:31:04 AM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 7:10:12 PM



Zimcity:

"As for the Participation pct idea, it's easy to calculate:
Total Points / [Gas Buddy Age(days) * (975 + 100/7) + 1300]"

Not sure what that will do other than give you an average of how many points a member earned each day of membership. That doesn't indicate how many days a member has participated, or any idea of whether a day's points came from reading one news article, or maximizing all available points on a given day and then not posting on following days.

Wanda127:

"Also if someone does not post for a year or whatever GB thinks is right they should be put in as inactive until they post again."

That's been suggested in various ways in other threads but I'm not sure what that would do. If a member isn't doing anything for points (though he/she may still be using the site to view gas price posts by others), the only thing that happens is the member continues to be recognized on the points leaders' boards for their active participation. I'm not sure if that's a big deal or not.[Edited by: Zimcity at 3/8/2013 10:54:27 AM EST]
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 10:53:39 AM

"If someone's profile says "we can't find GBx." that means that member has been banned."

Or, they never bothered to create a profile and are likely inactive.

Sorry, to jump all over the Consecutive Days part of your post Wanda, as that's just something that had been brought up many times by other folks, and seems kind of whiny to many here.

As for the Participation pct idea, it's easy to calculate:
Total Points / [Gas Buddy Age(days) * (975 + 100/7) + 1300]

[Edited by: Zimcity at 3/8/2013 10:54:27 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 5:14:39 AM

If someone's profile says "we can't find GBx." that means that member has been banned.

I do think last posting date on a members profile is a good idea.
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Badjef
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 4:41:44 AM

There are GBs that are, and have been, dormant for a period of time. I have clicked on several just to be sent to a page saying, "we can't find GBx."

How can you tell who is active and who isn't, and who is consistent and who isn't, who is a casual participant and who is active?

Wanda127 has brought forth a suggestion and some of you guys have ridiculed the suggestion. She is right, it is childish and deserves better for taking the time and interest.

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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 12:59:42 AM

All of you are right in that I should have worded it better. I really don't care about the car strips so much either. I just hate starting over when things happen that you cannot control & miss a day then you start all over again with consecutive days.
I'm not saying to get rid of consecutive days - But I would like for them to add a category for total days posted then people could see that you are a committed gb & post frequently.
Also if someone does not post for a year or whatever GB thinks is right they should be put in as inactive until they post again.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 12:33:40 AM

TxJeans, I agree with your point about getting rid of the consecutive day count as well as the app awards. I think they are a distraction from the real purpose and value of this site which is to help users make informed purchasing decisions. Adding another counter (Total Days Posting) would simply add another unneeded distraction.

I do agree with GasBuddy's comments that the original post could have been worded better. It begins by stating that stripes not be taken away despite the consecutive day count being missed. With respects to those that do not miss days how would those that really did not miss a day be treated.

[Edited by: maxstar at 3/8/2013 12:40:55 AM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:01:03 PM

First -- GB -- you really need to take a chill pill. Lately you have had a lot of duplicate posts, but today must have really been stressful with triplicates ;-)

Wanda - personally, I think we should start with removing the APPS awards, and see no reason to mess with the consecutive days, or add some additional "honor" for those that periodically miss a day here or there and have to wait to get their stripes back. Maybe just get rid of the stripes entirely?

Really, I don't see the big deal worrying about stripes when we have members on these boards that are missing days due to military service, or while undergoing treatment for cancer, or heck, even just forget.

A dear departed friend of mine used to say "Don't sweat the petty stuff, and don't pet the sweaty stuff."
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:35:28 PM

Sorry, Wanda127, but your original post reads:

"If the category for total posting days were added then you would not be penalized for missing a day or 2 on the consecutive day ranking. The strips on the car should not be taken away when you only miss one day."

First, if "you would not be penalized for missing a day or two on the consecutive day ranking", the only way you would not be penalized (whatever that means) is you don't lose credit or recognition for missing a day.

Second, the strips on the car are for consecutive days. If you don't "take away" the strips when you only miss one day, you're being recognized for your consecutive days despite missing a day.

Sorry if this seems like a contentious issue, but it's been brought up before as "I didn't realize that I missed a day; I should get credit for consecutive days because it wasn't intentional...I thought I posted", and it appears in line with some who've said "I thought I posted five prices or messages or read all the articles which I always do, but apparently I missed something, please give me credit for what I missed because it wasn't intentional." And, we've seen, "I'm gonna travel out of the country on vacation; I shouldn't lose any credit just because I'm away."

Sorry, but it's the wording of your original post. That's all we can go by; we can't read into what you meant. Sorry if that, to you, seems childish.

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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:04:01 PM

I don't know why some of you are so childish. I cannot believe some people think they need to make fun of what other people think. This shows how immature they are.

I clearly said this should be in addition to ** not to replace the consecutive days.
Of course we know what consecutive means.

Hope you have a good evening.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:48:43 PM

consecutive (adj) following one another in uninterrupted succession or order; successive: six consecutive numbers, such as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Seems pretty easy to understand.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:38:12 PM

Perhaps we can start a petition to get the meaning of consecutive changed.

Or eliminate the "Consecutive Days" counter so members can stop stressing over it.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:21:48 PM

Ah shucks! Thanks Zim!
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:06:39 PM

If you want an indicator of how many days a member has posted during his membership (though I don't see the need for that), so be it.

But if the car stripes are indicative of 90 or more consecutive days posting, how do you not take them away "when you only miss one day"? if you miss a day, aren't you breaking your consecutive day streak, regardless of the reason you didn't post?

If you're suggesting that you get the stripes for posting X out of Y number of days, or for posting 75 percent of the past 90 days, or whatever (and someone will always want to change that to meet their specific posting concerns), so be it. But I don't see how you can say "I have a 120 day consecutive streak posting for points...except for one or two days in between." Sorry, but consecutive means consecutive; in a row; without any breaks. Change the stripes to you get them for 30 days in a row, or 7 days, or for even three consecutive days. But consecutive means consecutive; it doesn't mean "consecutive except for one or two".

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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:40:01 PM

CampKohler thanks. You are right & it would be in 2 to 3 parts.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:58:21 PM

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

This suggestion seems to be of three parts: 1., add a percentage (or something like it) of days participated, 2., base the "speed lines" on some level of 1.) instead of on consecutive days, and show a last-active date.

A last-active date would only be useful until the member makes his next point, at which time it would be erased (overlayed) by the current date.
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:03:19 PM

Oh, I see.

Well congrats on your 85.3% participation, Wanda.
and congrats Scout on your 89.4% rate.

But Scrapheap, you are a stellar GB at 98.7%

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:53:45 AM

I'm with Zim on this. If ya miss a day ya miss a day! No big deal!
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:48:36 AM

If you have posted for several hundred days in a row, then you should realize that it really isn't that hard to post 90 days in a row and get those 4 tiny lines back.
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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:50:05 AM

Consecutive Days is not hard to understand Zimcity but as fo me an several others we think they should simply add a category. Sometimes things come up that you cannot control & you cannot post but yet you may have posted over several hundred days that gets wiped out because you missed one day.

Also if you have members that have not posted in over a year they could be put on an inactive status & not included in the stats until they post again.
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:11:39 AM

What part of CONSECUTIVE DAYS is so hard to understand?
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