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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2001 8:38:26 PM

On GasBuddy, there are two types of polls. Polls about fuel, fuel prices, vehicles, driving, etc. are called Opinion Polls. New Opinion Polls are created each week, and presented on the left side of the home page; members can earn 100 points each week for answering them.

Polls about the workings of this Web site are called Member Polls. The link to the Member Polls is only present when a member is logged in, but is shown at the top of every page. Member Polls are created only occasionally, when and if the admins feel the need. (No points are earned for answering Member Polls.)

If you have a suggestion for an OPINION Poll, you may post it here for the admins' consideration; please do NOT post such suggestions in the Member Polls topic.

If you have a suggestion for a MEMBER Poll, those suggestions should be posted in the Member Polls topic, and NOT here.

[Edited by: GM at 4/10/2008 11:27:57 AM EST]
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bugc
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 11:14:43 PM

Did the poll question get picked up?
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 11:08:10 PM

I’ll go ahead and post the poll for next week since I will not be here in the morning.
Someone please bump it up if it gets buried by other discussion.

 
* * * *     Moderator     * * * *

Here is our proposed poll for next week; please leave us a note when you get it —

Should law enforcement agencies use speed traps primarily as revenue generators?
• Yes
• No
• No opinion

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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 5:46:58 PM

Yes, let's do the speed trap question this week.
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 4:12:56 AM

Do whatever you want.

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 11:13:11 PM

This has been a great discussion on the rush-hour poll but we need to take a moment to go back to the speed-trap poll if we are going to post in on Friday (the plan was for a one-week postponement). The vote was B-4, A2-2, A1-1. Scrap wanted to run B and then followup with A2 later, as it takes a different approach — not a bad idea.

So, without objection, we will propose this on Friday, then we should have the rush-hour poll ready for the week after.

Should law enforcement agencies use speed traps primarily as revenue generators?
• Yes
• No
• No opinion

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 10:59:37 PM

SUV, I posted here yesterday, “The Mods say they want 6 or fewer answer choices but, when they set up their own poll a couple of months ago it had 8 choices so we ought to be able to have 7 once in a while.” However, I agree that we should jettison “Other” so folks have to choose what they think is the best among those offered, not necessarily the best overall. I would also get rid of “encourage” in all instances.

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• More carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules
• More telecommuting

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bugc
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:45:31 PM

Z asked "Someone mentioned higher fuel taxes...."

Higher fuel taxes increase the cost of driving, the same as higher tolls. OK, I agree that this is not rush-hour specific.
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 11:43:15 AM

I have not seen a poll in the last year or so with 7 answers. I became a lot less active here when the original request to dumb things down came out. So I doubt 7 responses are welcome, though we might get away with it once in a while.

I have no trouble with combining the two items but I'd prefer to drop "Other". By asking which is the best, everyone can have an answer. They just have to decide which they believe to be the best. If they think a good one was omitted, they won't be shy about putting it in the comments!

If schedules and telecommuting are to be combined, we should make it as short as possible. So "Adjust" could replace "Alternating", which might be better anyway?
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 8:32:36 AM

Is there an echo in here? I could be wrong, but I think that's what I suggested for a 6-answer version a while back... ;-)

I'm fine with the 7-answer version if TPTB allow it, but if not then I agree that the better approach is to combine alternative work schedules and telecommuting.
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 7:53:17 AM

I'd suggest if we need to get to 6 answers: either drop Other or combine alternative work schedules with telecommuting, as telecommuting is itself an "alternative" work schedule.What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• Carpooling
• Increased roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules/telecommuting
• Other

[Edited by: Zimcity at 9/17/2014 8:55:53 AM EST]
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 7:41:00 AM

If we want the 7-option version, I think I prefer ziyulu's take:

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• Carpooling
• Increased roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules
• More telecommuting
• Other
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 4:14:25 AM

I like jrsva's version but would make one slight change

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• Carpooling
• Increased roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules
• Encourage more telecommuting
• Other
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 3:12:04 AM

I'm OK with Jrsva's version...
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 2:14:10 AM

Someone mentioned higher fuel taxes. Fuel taxes should not be included as that is not part of rush hour.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 2:13:20 AM

I believe there should be parallelism in the answer choices. All of them should be nouns or verbs, not a mix.

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• Carpooling
• Increased roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules
• More telecommuting
• Other
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:16:01 AM

I’m good with this:

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules
• More telecommuting
• Other

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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 11:45:05 PM

I'm fine with jrsva's rewording, and also with bugc's addition of the newly-freed-up "Encourage".
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 11:42:06 PM

Byte_Doctor, while they both have the effect of eliminating work related traffic during rush hour, alternative work schedules has the effect of spreading out the load - so rather than one hour of stop-and-go traffic, you might have 3 hours of slow-moving traffic. Telecommuting, on the other hand, takes those drivers off the road completely.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 11:27:02 PM

Instead of
• Carpool lanes
how about the more general
• Encourage carpooling
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 11:15:46 PM

The Mods say they want 6 or fewer answer choices but, when they set up their own poll a couple of months ago it had 8 choices so we ought to be able to have 7 once in a while.

I don’t think we need the word ‘encourage’ in two answers so I slightly reworded those to tighten things up a bit. Regardless of how they are accomplished, alternative work schedules and more telecommuting will reduce rush-hour traffic. How does this look?

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• Carpool lanes
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules
• More telecommuting
• Other

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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 6:14:04 PM

"Maybe this answer would be too abstract."

I think you are right, bugc, I suspect most wouldn't understand that one.

"Why can't we try to get 7 answers pushed through? "

I for one don't think that in this case it would add value to the poll, scoutmaster.

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 9/16/2014 7:14:16 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 1:48:03 PM

Why can't we try to get 7 answers pushed through?
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bugc
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 9:43:23 AM

I suppose "Increase fuel taxes" would fall under "Other."

How about combining this by changing "increase tolls", to "increase driving costs", however that is accomplished. Maybe this answer would be too abstract.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 7:24:30 AM

I combined them because as I understand it we are limited to 6 choices. Even if we were allowed 7, I think they might work better as a single option since although they are different they are very closely related as they both have the effect of eliminating work related traffic during rush hour.

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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 4:07:05 AM

I agree with LarryMarg. While telecommuting could be considered an alternate work schedule, they are different.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 9/16/2014 5:07:17 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 11:03:23 PM

If we could get away with 7 choices, I'd like to split up "alternate work schedules" and "telecommuting". They're really 2 different things.

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• Carpool lanes
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Encourage alternate work schedules
• Encourage telecommuting
• Other
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 10:46:22 PM

I like the way this discussion has gone and I like most of Byte’s edits. The thing that jumps out at me is the length of some of the answer choices; we’ve got to pare them down to fit in the space GB provides (50 characters max and they really want them shorter still).

• Higher rush-hour tolls
This should do it for the second one; if there currently are no tolls then any toll is ‘higher.’

• Alternate work hours / telecommuting
This is the best I can do right now with the fifth answer; anyone got a better idea?

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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 7:18:33 PM

I like Byte_doctor's version including the first answer. However, I suspect that many will say that the answer depends on the particular congested area...not one-sized solution. But, those folks can use "other" and explain that on road A, increase the capacity (more lanes), and on road B, add more fly-overs, and road C tolls, and road D...
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 4:14:33 PM

I like it Byte_Doctor! Scout, first, with God all things are possible! Failing that, it's part of the question. Folks who think that's not possible presumably won't select it. Or they may be totally unreasonable people and say that's the only thing in the lest they'd agree to and pick it anyway. This poll should generate some interesting discussion between the responses that just indicate their answer . . . .
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 12:37:48 PM

I like all Byte_Doctor's changes except the 1st one. Increasing the roadway capacity isn't always an option.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 11:37:54 AM

Incorporating SUVFan, scoutmaster and scrapheap's suggestions with a few tweaks of my own:

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Increase roadway capacity
• Impose or increase tolls during rush hours
• Carpool lanes
• Better public transportation
• Encourage alternate work schedules and telecommuting
• Other

(Although I suspect that imposing tolls during rush hour on an otherwise non-toll road would tend to *increase* congestion at entry and exit points...)
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 9:15:59 AM

In my area, the fare for the subway is higher during rush hour.

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls during rush hours
• Carpool lanes
• Better public transportation
• Alternate work schedules
• Encourage telecommuting
• Other
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 8:58:49 AM

What jumps out at me is that Increased Capacity is not on the list.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 8:47:51 AM

The only thing that jumped out at me in the rush hour poll is the first answer. In Ohio we have only one major toll road -- the turnpike across the northern part of the state. I think PA's only toll road is also the turnpike, though Scout would know better than me. So tolls are non existent for most here and in much of the midwest.

Maybe "Impose rush hour only tolls"?

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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:41:50 AM

I like Bytedoc's revision.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:23:11 AM

How about a hybrid of scoutmaster's and the original:

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls
• Carpool lanes
• Better public transportation
• Alternate work schedules
• Encourage telecommuting
• Other

I like "Better public transportation" more than "More public transportation" since better could be more, but could also be any number of other things that improve it.

On the other hand, I like "Encourage telecommuting" more than "Incent telecommuting" in part because "incent" implies providing something of value, where "encourage" does not, but encourage does not exclude an incentive so is a more inclusive option.

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 9/15/2014 7:23:23 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 4:08:18 AM

How about

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls
• Carpool lanes
• Better public transportation
• Alternate work schedules
• Incent telecommuting
• Other
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 11:02:46 PM

While we are allowing the speed-trap poll(s) to simmer, here is one that was proposed a week or so ago and never got any discussion.

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls
• Carpool lanes
• More public transportation
• Alternate work schedules
• Encourage telecommuting
• Other

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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 8:06:57 AM

B (second choice is A2), or B followed by A2.

"Perhaps a better wording is still waiting to be discovered"
That was why I suggested letting it sit a while. It seems like we often come up with better versions with more agreement when we do so.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 8:00:26 AM

Having read all 3 now, I'd actually say run B one week and A2 the following week.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 7:18:51 AM

So, I take a week away from the poll thread and find it is... essentially unchanged! LOL

Anyway, I vote B - that is an opinion question, the others are speculation. There is a difference in my, um, opinion...
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 5:30:32 AM

A1
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 12:51:28 AM

A2
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 12:33:23 AM

A2

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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 10:07:57 PM

Just to be sure we know what we are voting on —
(A1) was preferred 4-2 over (B) prior to two last-minute changes being proposed. These changes are reflected in (A2). Perhaps a better wording is still waiting to be discovered.
My first choice is (B), second choice is (A2). Scrap has voted (A2) and Scout for (A1).

A1) If speed traps are used in your area, do you feel they are used to generate revenue?
• Yes
• No
• No speed traps in my area
• I don't know

A2) If speed traps are used in your area, do you think they are used primarily to generate revenue?
• Yes
• No
• No speed traps in my area
• I don't know

B) Should law enforcement agencies use speed traps primarily as revenue generators?
• Yes
• No
• No opinion

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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 10:32:56 AM

I vote for A2.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 9:33:37 AM

What is done is done. What's up next?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 8:23:35 AM

We get it Scout, you like the other A without the proposed change by Jrsva. But the others had not chimed in and Larry had agreed on the word change and you didn't. It is done, the black box will be submitted and it is possible they would have chose it over the speed trap if we had put both up for them to chose based on PDs blog.

Stomping your feet about it will do nothing but make you look like a spoiled brat.

I still am not strong on A over B or vice versa, so if everyone wants to vote on think vs feel and adding or not adding "primarily" to A, I am fine with what the majority feels if everyone wants to use it for next week.

Now - what else do we have on the discussion block?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 8:13:02 AM

Originally LarryMarg voted for the poll without primarily.

I still like A1 over A2.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 8:02:00 AM

Based on the Blog posted by PD, I think the Black Box poll worked out to be a good decision:

Blog - NHTSA's Requirement: 'Black Box' Recorders in All U.S. Vehicles
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 7:31:24 AM

Larry said he had no objection with Jrsva's adding the "primarily" -

You came along and posted the version w/out "primarily" - the rest had not weighted in.

Get over yourself Scout. You turn every discussion into a battle over and over thread after thread.

We have often discussed a poll and voted and used another that had been approved and not used to tighten things up. That is what happened with the "primarily" addition which had not been discussed.

By the way - I am still not thrilled with any of the wording, but as it stands, I think that we should use "think" rather than "feel". To me the "feel" is more emotional and "think" a more cerebral connotation.

The change to "think" and addition of "primarily" gets the poll closer to something I feel is ready.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 9/13/2014 8:38:32 AM EST]
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