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TimEum
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 2:51:01 PM

I think it is great that at 3 million points Gas Buddy members get to be represented by a long large limosine.

I think it is a tragedy that at 3.25 million points and above they get represented by a really little car.

It would be more consistent to have larger cars/trucks represent larger accumulations of points. How about a double trailer truck?

Getting that "little car" is so much a slap in the face that it makes me want to quit reporting in Gas Buddy after I get to 3 million.

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 3:12:07 PM

The car icon is really small potatoes. It just an icon on a web site. It is really meaningless and for people to get all whipped into a lather of it is insane.
Scrapheap
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 12:29:20 PM

While the little red car may be the official logo of GasBuddy, it looks weird to go from a series of more interesting icons to that icon. It looks especially weird to go from a limo to that icon.

While the icon itself isn't terribly important, many people have complained about it in the past. I really haven't seen anyone pining for the little red car icon. I doubt that CH or anyone else would be bothered it the limo was the top icon.

There have been several suggestions on how to solve this situation. The current forever car icon could be the 1,000,000 car icon and everything else could move to the right one. New icons could be logarithmically spaced and the top icon would basically be impossible to achieve, but an incentive would continue to exist for everyone. New icons could be spaced every 1,000,000 points instead of every 250,000, achieving a similar result to the logarithmically spaced icons. A combination of these could be done. Any of these could be easily implemented.

CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2014 4:46:21 PM

TimE,

What is crazy, is your use of the word "tragedy" in your post. That is a very harsh word to use when referring to a tiny icon that means so little.

Back in '06 when there was a huge overhaul of the website, I asked the GBO about the little red car. Their explanation was that the small red car is the official logo of GasBuddy. Thought it sounded good then and it sounds good now. My GB window sticker and GB T-shirt have the red car.

It's not a "slap in the face" no matter how you look at it. Nor is it a tragedy. After a while, even your suggested double trailer trucks will become old.

If you are going to leave for this reason, well, so be it. It just seems silly to me to have an adult needing a reward for helping other people.

The red car is the GB logo. That's about all there is to it.
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2014 3:34:08 PM

I have to agree with Tim...
MadFueler
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 8:08:23 AM

It is, of course, up to any member whether they leave for any reason or no reason, permanently or temporarily - and while some or most of us may think TimEum's particular concern is insignificant, there is a larger context as Scrapheap points out - a craving for order and logic juxtaposed against a movement toward chaos (or is it just a newer and poorer order?) on this site. While I can understand folks wanting to leave because of that, please keep in mind that maybe that's what they want - for those who remember a better time as well as those who have better ideas for a way forward (often overlapping groups) to leave as we pick each other apart and kick each other out the door.

Let us try to wield our remaining influence make a positive difference. Let's argue passionately for our viewpoints, but remember that GB is primarily at its core a place of service, at least among its membership (whatever it may have become at the corporate level). Rather than growing cynical and threatening to leave, let's rather let the rest of GB know that we're not going anywhere and that they must pay attention to us.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 6:36:02 AM

TimEum,
Please leave now. Your argument over an web site icon is getting even sillier. It was amusing, now it's sad.
Scrapheap
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 5:14:15 AM

While it may seem sporting to some to ridicule Tim, he obviously isn't alone in his feelings. Similar topics have been raised in the past. After I passed the 3 million points mark, I jumped over 7 people in rank in 1 day. Before that it was taking 5 days or more to pass just 1 person. Looking at the whiteboards and profiles of those 7 people, it was obvious that the stopped just after reaching the 3 million point, limo car icon milestone.

I too have said that I will be leaving this site. It isn't so much the icon itself but the overall attitude of the site owners and administrators. They take us for granted. The lack of moderation in the forums is annoying. They turn a blind eye to JFF posts in any forum. They don't care about the accuracy of price reports. You can report people who are obviously posting false prices for the gamey game nature of this site over 17 times and all that person gets is a warning, several months later. They pretty much abandon involvement in all the forums, including this one and Talk Back To Us. The don't announce changes or beta test changes. All the while, they find new ways to force ads on us. They've been offered free solutions to solve some of these problems but have implemented none of them (volunteer moderators, points for posts only in JFF).

Anyone who has been around as long as I have or longer knows that what I have said is true. This site has changed. It is not consumers helping other consumers save money. It is a corporation trying to make money on the myth of consumers helping other consumers The forever car icon itself is not so much the problem as it is the final insult in a long line of insults.
TimEum
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 1:34:00 AM

It is more the attitude of the site rather than the issue itself that is the problem.

I proposed a reasonable idea -- the response should have been to acknowledge that it was a good valid idea and then outline why it could not be done or to say it would be done in the future.

Instead the response was to ridicule me.

The response attitude says more about this site than the idea itself.

This is on top of the GasBuddy administrators making negative decisions as to Christian topics on this site.

This is on top of the GasBuddy administrators displaying decidedly liberal viewpoints in the articles they display on the prime page (i.e. supporting Climate Change, being against Keystone pipeline, etc. )

I recommend Waze as a site to get and report gas prices now.
CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 7:02:15 PM

Tim, just realized that you'll be leaving GB sooner than you expected, what with the extra points and all.
CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 6:54:12 PM

After seeing all this again, I still can't believe what I'm reading.

So, Tim, we are now winessing the tragic end of your GB tenure. I don't know if I can handle this so close to Christmas.

I hope you don't whine over the size of dancing trophies.

This is so silly. Didn't realize that ANYONE paid that much bloody attention to something so insignificant.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 8:15:27 AM

Don't trip over the pump hose on your way out.
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 8:08:46 AM

"I will then be discouraged from participating. "

Just leave and get it over with. Nobody is going to ask you to stay, which is what it looks like you are trolling for.
TimEum
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2014 3:26:40 AM

Idolatry is worshopping objects as gods.

That is not what I have proposed.

All I propose is to make awards logical so that there is a correlation between the award and level.

Making awards logical better accomplishes the purpose of having awards in the first place.

Being illogical defeats the purpose.

Those who argue that no purpose is served by having such a correlation are actually making the case that the awards have no purpose and the effort to have different icons at different levels is wasted effort and should not be done at all.

I think they are wrong. A purpose is served. Encouragement for greater participation is given.

I now have 2998275 points. I expect to have 3 million on 22 Dec 2014.

I will then be discouraged from participating.

CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 10:58:55 AM

Gee, Rich, all that work and all you have is a dopey motorcycle. What an insult! What a tragedy!

What a slap in the face!

Zim, either way! :)
RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 9:09:55 AM

I woke this morning to find a smaller icon…no joke just a coincidence that somehow fits with this discussion. Having reached the 1,250,000 level today, I now have a motorcycle or ATV instead of a car!

For some reason, I don’t have a sense of reduction in status or seem demoted in any way, and I don’t yet feel any less incentive to continue participating here. On the bright side, I guess this means I’ll be less likely to be hit when the sky starts falling.

RG

P.S. This is all tongue-in-cheek, isn't it?

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 10/30/2014 9:12:03 AM EST]
Zimcity
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 10:01:27 AM

"Because of your need for praise, laud and honor,"

Shouldn't that be All Glory, Laud and honor?
CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 11:16:40 AM

Amen, Rich. This IS idolatry on Tim's part.

Ego boosting? Status? Oh, come on, Tim! Because of your need for praise, laud and honor, you'll stop helping others because of a smaller icon.

I'll bet God is happy about that.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 4:48:39 PM

TimEum,
Please ask the moderators to give you the points you need so you can hit 3,000,000 and leave now.
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 4:38:28 PM

<Text deleted by virtue of a healthy dose of self-moderation.>

Unbelievable.

TimEum, I hope you get enjoyment from your other endeavors after you've left GasBuddy. BTW, the door is thataway --->
RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 3:29:25 PM

Surely, this is all tongue-in-cheek, isn't it? I hope so. Otherwise, we may be witnessing a GasBuddy member who is guilty of idolatry and who demands to worship his choice of false car god...or else.

Seriously TimEum, you really can't care what icon is next to the vast number of points you have achieved? You've been participating here for almost 9 years now. I'll wager that that you'll still be here for the shrinking of your idol.

RG

P.S. Keep smiling brother.

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 10/27/2014 3:32:50 PM EST]
TimEum
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 2:32:43 PM

jbwitley believes that Christians should be modest and not express their point of view. He does not understand that Christians have a duty to live for God and that includes trying to do good things in a bad world, advocate good over evil, get sinners to recognize their evil, and to encourage those sinners to repent and begin doing good. The means to do this does not involve "hiding your light under a basket" as jbwitley believes. If simple recognition (i.e. bigger car icons) can encourage people to do good things --- then we should advocate it. Perhaps my disassociation with GasBuddy at the right point will emphasize the point to others.
TimEum
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 2:25:06 PM

Communists say this as well --- everyone should be equal -- no one should be given status above anyone else. We see how well communism works.

There is benefit to status and a little ego boosting. It is an incentive to participate more in the site.

This site however does not seem to recognize this basic human characteristic and I am now only about 70,000 points away from the big 3 million at which point I will stay in that range and quit participating in Gas Buddy regularly -- so that I can keep the "big" car.

It simply makes no sense to "penalize" gasbuddies with a smaller car at higher point levels.
Retired-Coastie
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2014 11:09:10 AM

Can anyone tell me the points level by looking at the vehicle alone? They are a waste of time and space.
Clicky14
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 3:04:10 PM

Maybe they could make it a different color. There sure are alot of red vehicles.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 6:40:43 AM

"Christians should be more concerned with being modest instead of spouting their point of view."

Got any Scripture references to support that?
jbwitley
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 5:31:19 PM

I will miss Tim.
Christians should be more concerned with being modest instead of spouting their point of view. Nice try Tim.
movrshakr
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 9:53:52 PM

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A larger icon for higher points is TOTALLY logical.

I care not about word definitions or any of the other side diversions in the thread.

I care not about whether any one person thinks it is not needed or is unimportant.

OP is correct: it is totally logical and, conversely, not doing it is illogical.

Accomplishing it would be completely trivial from a resources standpoint.
buckeyecountry
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 1:08:43 PM

don't hold your breath ... lol
Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 9:55:59 AM

I was thinking the same thing why have to go smaller again. Im working toward my orange and will be happy since my brown car looks more like a rookie's tan. After having a big Semi, Limo, etc at working hard to get those points for those over a million + I see it kind of senseless to have to drop back down to just a red jeep looking icon. Maybe the Staff Bus should be an airplane and give the bus to us. Hope it changes before I get up there someday.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 7:17:15 AM

Don't sweat it Gas Buddy. The suggestion is not that important. And I still want to be the piece of glass!
Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 5:48:56 AM

Gas_Buddy - Do really not see your posts as being extremely condescending? Seriously? Picking on one word in a sentence, making the person you are talking to look petty is okay? If the topic isn't all that important to you, maybe you shouldn't bother chiming in.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:27:50 PM

"Instead Gas Buddy ridiculed the proposal, picking at the words (like "tragedy") instead of addressing the topic. "

Just for the record, I didn't ridicule words. What I wrote was:
"Assuming that the post isn't tongue-in-cheek, it's a "tragedy" that the next points level is a smaller car? A "tragedy"?"

There was no ridicule in the comment; there was not insinuation; there was, however, a questioning of the word, which was the reason for the highlighting parenthesis, but I didn't ridicule the proposal. If anything, I thought my comment, which is similar to what I said in other threads discussing the icons, was simple and self-explainatory. I repeat what I said previously: "I guess I just don't put the same emphasis on the points icon that others do, especially because (in my opinion) fewer people notice or can differentiate the icons than can interpret the numerical points indicated adjacent to the icon."

Hard to see how that's ridiculing the suggestion or anything other than a simple disagreeing with the original suggestion.

And I don't see what in my follow-up was equally innocuous and simply noted that the suggested alternative site didn't particularly meet the standard of the original suggestion. , and I, again, gave my reasoning. I wrote, as follow-up:

"What's interesting about Waze is the icons, emoticon or cartoonists as they are, are all pretty much the same size. They're pretty much like the heads of the old troll dolls (excerpt cartoonish). They don't seem to increase in size or get bigger as you increase your point standing and they certainly don't seem to be something to leave Gas Buddy for. But then I'm obviously paying more attention to the numerical designation than the icon designation."

Hard for me to see any ridicule in the posts, but then I'm biased because I thought I choose my words relatively carefully. If anyone thinks I've ridiculed them, consider this an apology, but note that I stand by the ideas of what I wrote.

scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:03:59 PM

I don't see the big deal about icons. I would have to look to see what mine is. It is really unimportant.
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 6:56:58 PM

The maps was just an example of the latest mess that affects the FUNCTIONING of the site. Icons don't.

I agree their choice for the top one was a bit odd as it looks like it should be the FIRST red vehicle, not the top one and a change might make sense, but I don't see any reason to stop posting just because they didn't make the change.

All said and done, icons don't affect the PURPOSE of obtaining good gas price info...and is far from a tragedy. I hope the OP never experiences a true "tragedy". The OP used the term several times...followed by comments that if not changed he would stop posting prices and "working" for GBO.

To me it is more about posting accurate prices when I can (I am not out on the road daily - my car hasn't moved in 4 days-- but that changes with the seasons and changes in my job/life) than what sort of icon is next to my name.

The things that affect what matters most in finding cheap gas would be things like the map problem, the incorrect mapping that we suffered from for a long while with the APP changes and then the website cash/credit, the linking of fuel grades in MSL, the problem of false prices and not being able to zero out bad prices, the lack of action by mods when there is a member posting wrong prices consistently, the broken saved searches....
SUVFan
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 2:52:12 PM

In a follow up post, the OP asked, "Should the Gas Buddy icons be changed so that big vehicles represent big points while small vehicles represent smaller point totals"?

My answer is, "Definitely not." Though my screen name implies accurately my fondness for the large vehicle, I'm aware that there are many others who prefer smaller vehicles. They might dislike the huge icon as much or more as the OP prefers them and, for them, the prospect of the smaller one might be an incentive.

While I'd agree with many who can't quite elevate this issue all the way to tragedy, I'm not about to impose priorities on the OP. Like me, they may not use the heat map, so the map being all messed up may not impact them at all. A few weeks back, some pooh-poohed when I merely asked a question about why there was such a delay in posting and wondered when it might be fixed? It mattered to me because it was affecting my experience here at the site and a couple of weeks ago, things sped back up a lot.

The size of the "final" icon is of concern to this OP. Personally, I would prefer to keep a larger icon, too. Scoutmaster would like to be the piece of glass. CK would like the wheelbarrow. Buckeyecountry would like a convertible -- scarlet with grey lines, no doubt! My thought is that instead of a one-size-fits-all icon, upon reaching the top level (and the current top level seems a tad low these days), a member should be able to select most anything in a color that is reserved solely for the top level, making those folks as easy to spot as the newbies. I've read a bunch of the old threads and have a feel for what the longtimers went through and did for the site. So a dedicated color would seem appropriate.
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 7:36:44 AM

While I agree their order of red vehicles is a little odd...I don't follow the icons other than noticing no or brown icons as newbies.

Some folks have the ability to be out and about every day and post prices every day, others may be retired, or work from home and don't post prices each and every day. That doesn't mean that they are slovenly in their role as a gasbuddy or abusers or just "users" of the site. Some folks may have joined and then because of lack of interest at the time, or various reasons left and came back later to start participating. I have seen false prices posted by all levels of cars, so I tend to learn the "trusty" screen names and those I don't trust rather than look at icons.

BUT, to whine about icons when the GBO can't even keep their maps functional while working on "improvements" and threaten to leave over an icon is just childish...especially if you consider it a "tragedy".
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 7:19:45 AM

You are correct Byte_Doctor. Gas Buddy - the member - is nothing more than a member stating his opinions.

TimEum,

Based on the topic title, the Religion category is where it belonged. It wasn't suppressed, just moved.

How would larger icons improved this site?
GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 4:38:15 AM

Wow, this is still going after all these months!

TimEum,
"Yet Gas Buddy forcibly pulled this topic out of the political realm... and relegated it to the religious area..."

If a forum discussion was moved from one forum to another that was done by GasBuddy company staff, since members don't have that kind of control over the forum contents.

Other than that, it's as Byte_Doctor explained; Gas_Buddy is a member like you and me, and does not represent the GasBuddy Organization, who's staff all post under individual member names with the added "Moderator" designation and a red bus icon next to their name... and as noted before they are absent in a majority of forum discussions, sometimes too absent, and generally don't take part in about 95% of the forum discussions.

TimEum, with all due respect is it possible that you are actually more upset at the responses you received to one or another of your forum discussions, and this weighs more on your decision to stop participating than the choice of car icons? Because frankly I don't see the point in being so unhappy with car icons, yet staying and investing yet more time until you amass 3,000,000 points but then throwing away all those years of invested time.
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 3:09:47 PM

OK, I think I see what's happening.

First, the member Gas_Buddy is not a representative of GasBuddy.com or its parent company. He is just another member, like you and me, so his statements ridiculing your ideas are just his personal opinions. Yes, it is unfortunate that GasBuddy.com allowed that member to have that name since it does upon occasion cause confusion, but that's the extent of GasBuddy.com's fault in this issue.

Second, the daily topics are not picked by GasBuddy.com but rather are picked by how the membership votes for them - you'll see other topics here decrying the ability of cliques to vote up topics and get them on the front page in preference to other topics. So again , other than GasBuddy.com failing to control the abuse of the voting system, they aren't at fault in the topics that are showcased.
TimEum
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 2:50:24 PM

Consider that the idea proffered is that the site would be improved if larger icons were used for larger points and that the icons were also adjusted so that smaller icons were used for smaller points -- so there would be a consistent correlation.

A good customer oriented response would be to recognize that the proposal made sense and that perhaps Gas Buddy would implement it. If it couldn't be done right away because Gas Buddy already had a list of improvements (i.e. more important) that they were currently working on (he could have named one or two) and that would have been a great response.

Instead Gas Buddy ridiculed the proposal, picking at the words (like "tragedy") instead of addressing the topic.

It is not the first time Gas Buddy has acted in a biased, non-customer oriented way.

I hosted a topic on "How can those with Christian beliefs support Democrat policies that work against Christians". It was clearly a politically oriented topic about supporting Democrats or not -- about Christians aligning themselves politically with those who would support and not suppress religious freedom. Yet Gas Buddy forcibly pulled this topic out of the political realm (where it was for over a month one of most active topics) and relegated it to the religious area thus suppressing the topic. This was not a topic to discuss whether you should be a Christian or not -- it was a political topic about which party a Christian should support -- yet Gas Buddy showed bias against Christians and conservatives by pulling the topic out of the political area.

Gas Buddy also "showcases" five daily topics. Have you noticed what topics Gas Buddy picks. Have you also noticed that Gas Buddy tends to pick topics that favor leftist liberal viewpoints?

Ridiculing this topic on something as simple as realigning the icons to a more orderly progression was the last straw for me supporting this site. I will get my 3 million, get the big limosine and then only check in from time to time.
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 8:08:59 AM

Exactly, scoutmaster - as well, I'd like to know where TimEum gets the impression that GasBuddy "tends to ridicule ideas that to [him] seemed legitimate. "

I can't recall a single instance where a GasBuddy representative has ridiculed any idea proposed here in the forums. Rather, they tend to say little, if anything, about the ideas here.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 7:15:35 AM

"GasBuddy like the IRS also seems to denigrate opinions that support Christians and conservatives."

I really wanna know how you came to this conclusion, TimEum.
TimEum
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 1:22:18 AM

It's the attitude and service -- not just the icon size.

GasBuddy has consistently been "too busy" to consider valid ideas and tends to ridicule ideas that to me seemed legitimate.

GasBuddy like the IRS also seems to denigrate opinions that support Christians and conservatives.

Instead of giving good customer service -- GasBuddy instead, cannot even acknowlege that having bigger icons for bigger points is a good idea -- they do just the opposite.

Waze only has 5 icons but they do show a logical progression. Waze is also tied into GPS Navigation as well as social media.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 2:07:34 AM

What's interesting about Waze is the icons, emoticon or cartoonists as they are, are all pretty much the same size. They're pretty much like the heads of the old troll dolls (excerpt cartoonish). They don't seem to increase in size or get bigger as you increase your point standing and they certainly don't seem to be something to leave Gas Buddy for. But then I'm obviously paying more attention to the numerical designation than the icon designation.
MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 5:29:39 AM

I think everyone has their own individual "druthers" when it comes to points icons - but other than telling the rookies apart from the veterans at a glance, I can't say 'which one's which' matters in the final analysis IMO.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 5:07:40 PM

See ya TimFum. Thanks for posting while you were a member. Enjoy Waze. I hope you get the type of avatars you want.
TigerRose
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 12:16:44 PM

Not looking forward myself, to losing my limousine
when I earn 3.5 million points.

Agree, it would be nice to have a different icon
than currently in use for those at that distinction.

A Semi-Tractor with trailer attached could also
be nice. This way, save a double tandem for
future updates.

Or at least have something distinctively different,
like a tow truck pulling a vehicle.

Thanks, Gas Buddy, for all the updates you have
made to this site so far. It really IS a fun website,
& I look forward to posting on it, every day.


[Edited by: TigerRose at 7/6/2014 12:23:58 PM EST]
Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 10:38:37 PM

"By the way, I am now a Waze user and will probably switch more to that and report gas prices there if Gas Buddy continues to be obstinate in this issue."

You're going to stop using Gas Buddy, stop posting prices on Gas Buddy if Gas Buddy continues to not change it's vehicles/icons to indicate a bigger vehicle for 3.25 point members than it has for 3 million point members? That's the sole reason you would leave Gas Buddy, and it's a requirement for Gas buddy to do in order to convince you to change your mind and continue to let Gas Buddy benefit from your participation?

Just trying to understand the severity and importance of the issue. I guess, from what I read, I answered my own questions.
CampKohler
Champion Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 9:16:25 PM

Tim: Since when does "It simply makes sense...." become the defining issue around here? :-) Seeing as how you have nicely pegged the objections, I can tell you have your head screwed on right.*

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*Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Byte_Doctor
Champion Author Akron

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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 6:39:24 PM

The biggest objection from my perspective is that this would take away from the time the developers have for fixing actual, real problems with GasBuddy. Other than that, I couldn't care less one way or the other. Big car, little car, short car, long car, red car, blue car, I don't care and I suspect most people who have reached the point where it would matter are of much the same opinion, as evidenced by the other responses.
TimEum
Champion Author Huntsville

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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 4:54:57 PM

Note the arguments against having icons in which size correlates to points --

--- state that complaining about it is useless

--- pick at the words used (like "tragedy") instead of dealing with the idea

--- state that compared to life, wanting bigger is silly

You all avoided the actual topic.

Should the Gas Buddy icons be changed so that big vehicles represent big points while small vehicles represent smaller point totals.

You all should give real reasons why this is not practical or in your opinion does not make sense or some other actual reason.

I will state again :

It simply makes sense that the icons size correlate with the points the icon represents.

Not doing so is like giving Super Bowl winners a small trophy instead of a big one.

By the way, I am now a Waze user and will probably switch more to that and report gas prices there if Gas Buddy continues to be obstinate in this issue.
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