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CampKohler

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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 2:58:50 PM

Some of us oldsters don't have reading glasses in the car or don't want to switch glasses while driving. The mice type used in the app for the station address is sometimes on the blurry side (especially at night), and, if there are more than one of the same brand in the list, you can mistake which station to report on, possibly wiping out the pricing at the wrong station. The font and size for the station name, however, is (for me anyway) quite legible. I suggest that there be some letters of this size displayed after the brand that would uniquely distinguish the station from among others of the same brand.

To save requiring a special field to supply these letters, it should be sufficient to pull off and display the first and last letter of the first word of the street and cross street names. (It is possible to have two stations selling the same brand that are so close together that this would result in identical letters, but it would be rare.) This photo shows what it might look like.

Or, alternatively, display the address line in the same font as the station name.

Added to Suggestion Tracking List.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 4/16/2013 3:08:38 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2013 6:15:41 AM

WQ could stand for anything. So could GK! The only person who knows what those acronyms means is the one who creates them! Sort of like GIDDYUP!
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2013 2:39:57 AM

I've just reread what I thought to be the relevant posts, and I still don't understand what anyone is talking about with abbreviations like "WQ" for some street name. Under what conditions would one see or use such an abbreviation?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2013 4:13:38 PM

"I have more confidence in the membership."

You have more confidence in the membership to do what, CampKohler?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2013 1:41:04 PM

"t wouldn't take too long for someone to gather that GK/WQ stood for Gaplifemptygak and Wocchiomuckyslux streets."

Why would I think that GK stood for Gaplifemtygak and not Good Lake Avenue or Good Lake Way, or Garner Park?

Why would I think that WQ stood for Wocchiomuckyslux when, to begin with, there's no letter "Q" in Wocchiomuckyslux? By that standard, WQ could mean the intersection of GK-something and Waycross.

I understand the intent for simplicity (because I prefer simplicity on the website rather than any confusion or convulating). But if you're saying that there should be a change to help "oldsters" who want to price post wheile driving (or while stopped) and the concern is "the blurry side", then random letters aren't as helpful, even if they're of larger size than now displayed, as simply spelling out the words. Better to spell out GGaplifemptygak and Wocchiomuckyslux or abbreviate them as Gaplifem--Wocchiom than to pick random letters. And I, too, have confidence in the membeship. Just that I think that there are users who won't necessarily be familiar with all places in an area. There should be as little interpretation as possible (in my opinion).

That's why I go along with your latter suggestion, "display the address line in the same font..."

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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2013 1:25:06 PM

I have more confidence in the membership.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:38:38 AM

youtu.be is the same as YouTube.com CampKohler.

The three finger tap only works on the iPhone, not Android phones.

Adding any more things that need interpretation will only confuse members.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 4:31:08 PM

Maxstar told me by whiteboard how to turn on three-finger-tap zoom setting (which I was obviously not familiar with), and it works. I guess that solves that. (Will be deleted from STL on next revision.)

Also that youtu.be domain name is interesting in itself. Next we'll see gasbud.dy or something similarly la.me.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 3:31:23 PM

The zoom feature works fine on my iPhone when using the app.



[Edited by: maxstar at 4/17/2013 3:34:28 PM EST]
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 3:23:24 PM

Max: The two (or any number of)-finger zoom doesn't work on the app for the iPhone, else I wouldn't have bothered.

GB: It wouldn't take too long for someone to gather that GK/WQ stood for Gaplifemptygak and Wocchiomuckyslux streets. However, I think your idea of a zoom-factor selection would do the trick and would probably actually be easier to work than the native iPhone two-finger zoom. (And we should always be mindful of our one-finger brethren; the app should be ADA-friendly.)



[Edited by: CampKohler at 4/17/2013 3:27:08 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:31:30 AM

That's the ticket maxstar! Have the app talk to you and the ability to talk to it! Actually, the Android version does have voice entry!
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:25:26 AM

Bifocals? Who reads anymore? How about the app read the information to you.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 3:46:39 AM

Based on the Google snippet for [three finger zoom], it seems that you have to double-tap with three fingers at once.

(Bifocals? How 18th-century. You'd think we'd have a better solution by now.)
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 11:44:45 PM

I do fully agree that typing/posting should not be done while driving
My agreement with the second suggestion refers to "when parked" (and not "when stopped" at a light, etc.)

Regarding station logo, in my price reporting areas there are a number of "same brand" stations next to each other (without a different branded station between them) so I can see the problem with small print. And I, personally, don't want to use bifocals (let alone trifocals, but that's me).

I had never heard of the three finger zoom nor have I been able to get it to work, so I can't relate to that solution.

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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 10:22:15 PM

First - texting while you are driving is verboten.

Second - This is the 21st century. Get bi or tri focals. I wear bifocals.

Third - I agree with Gas Buddy. It's distracting and confusing.

Fourth - I agree with maxstar.

Fifth - texting while you are driving is verboten.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 7:43:13 PM

I would think most could recognize the station by the logo displayed which I would think help most identify which brand. As for the street address, tapping the iphone screen with three fingers at the same time will zoom in on the screen.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 5:26:28 PM

The first suggestion (i.e., station address abbreviation) is, especially after seeing the example, more distracting and confusing than the problem of size. Unless you could easily determine what the abbreviations stood for, there's little value.

I do agree, however, that a single size font (perhaps with a settings "toggle" to increase/decrease the font size) makes sense. The problem with any increase in font size is, obviously, that it reduces the number of stations that will be shown on the screen (meaning that more scrolling may be necessary). I, for one, have no problem with additional scrolling if it's due to increased address size/visibility.
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