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vid0312

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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 1:21:24 AM

I noticed that for the Ohio site there are certain brands (Thornton's, Duchess Shoppe best examples) that links to individual station pages when clicked on instead of the MSL.

I went through a built a list of major brands serviced in Ohio that have pages for individual stations that I would like to share with TPTB here, so major brands will be represented. It is complete and is saved in a Google Drive file. They are broken down by Brand, City and Station ID#. I also included a couple of chain stores that have their own customer loyalty programs (just like Duchess Shoppe sells BP but has their own site).

Brands I compiled:
Exxon, Flying J, GetGo, Kroger, Marathon, Mobil, Pilot.

If the mods here are interested, please contact me.
Thank you
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vid0312
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 9:59:11 PM

Sounds like what I was doing was a job that the PTB have an actual position for. I just did this because I had been on medical leave and making lists is something I do for fun.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 8:56:39 PM

GGG: Thanks. The last part of the second URL got lost and I committed the cardinal sin of not testing it. It is a better example for vid0312's purposes, because in includes downloadable files.

This is it--->


[Edited by: CampKohler at 7/2/2014 8:59:23 PM EST]
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 12:12:37 AM

I believe CK's general idea is that instead of waiting for GBO to respond (if ever) vid0312 could post his/her list of major brands serviced in Ohio that have pages for individual stations someplace where the general public can see it, such as:

1. a new topic in the appropriate GB forum, with links to it from other GB forums to help others find the list.

2. use one of the many free services available on the internet to create a wiki or blog site to contain the list, and provide links to this list in the appropriate GB forums so others can find the list which would be located away from GB.
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CK,
"I didn't know that. But it's in the FAQs, right?"

Suuurre it is... maybe on the OpenStore web site, not on GB.

PS: your #1 and #2 links (Some local examples...) are the same URL, don't know if that was intentional or not.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 3:36:51 PM

I'm not suggesting that most people here aren't smart enough to learn the "wiki learning curve", but after opening the third link in CampKohler's post, I was confused just reading the material, let alone trying to understand why I (or most others) would want to go through (what seems to me) all that trouble for what's essentially a "post gas prices for others" and "view gas prices before you buy" website.

While I confess to being computer illiterate, maybe the first problem is that I just don't understand what CampKohler is telling vid0312 to do, nor why vid0312 shold be doing what CampKohler suggests be done.

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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 2:17:51 PM

GGG: I didn't know that. But it's in the FAQs, right? Sure it is.

vid: If GBO doesn't twitch, as a less-desirable alternative, you might consider doing a wiki to which you can link from forum topics and continuously maintain. Some local examples are here and here (note the list can be downloadable as well as veiwable). (The wiki learning curve has been learned, so I can say that it is relatively easy.) Another method would be to start a topic on the Ohio site (and link from metro-area Ohio sites) with some of the techniques used for another purpose here.
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 6:20:19 AM

FYI, those stations which link to their own company branded web sites instead of bringing up a regular GasBuddy station details page are a paid business arrangement between the gas station and OpenStore, the commercial side of GasBuddy that sells information services to gas stations. For gas stations that don't have their own web site, OpenStore can build and maintain a web site with the station's brand name and logo which displays gas price info from GB and whatever advertising the station wants for it's gas and convenience store. OpenStore also provides station name branded smartphone apps which are similar to the GB apps. Both the web sites and apps have customer loyalty program features.

For station brands or chains that already have their own web sites, OpenStore can provide area gas price and other info as seen on GB.

GasBuddy is unlikely to link to a station's web site without a paid arrangement since this is one of the services GB sells from it's commercial side.

HTH
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