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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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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 12:07:09 PM

Well, Zim, I never pay with cash regardless of the cash price. I'm sure there are many others out there that do the same thing.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 11:33:20 AM

"So?"

So I assumed we'd want an answer set with mutually exclusive responses, unless the poll now allows you to choose all answers. It's a poor option and not really necessary.

Perhaps if it were:

I never pay with cash unless station accepts only cash.

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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 10:23:57 AM

""In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I never pay with cash
"

Station accepts cash only would negate both answer 1 and 4, and overlaps with answer 3."

So?
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 9:46:26 AM

"In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I never pay with cash
"

Station accepts cash only would negate both answer 1 and 4, and overlaps with answer 3.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 6:02:25 AM

Reword the parking brake question to:

How do you apply your parking brake on your primary vehicle?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• I don't use my parking brake
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 4:09:48 AM

Too many choices.

In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I never pay with cash

For the parking brake question, other would cover automatically so the extra answer is not needed.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 12:48:58 AM

In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I pay cash unless the station is closed but has pay-at-the-pump
> I never pay with cash

The first can be rewritten:
> When cash is cheaper than CC

Also, the way the question is worded, the 4th answer seems kinda unnecessary. We don't care when you don't pay cash, we only care when you do.
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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 12:46:18 AM

For the parking brake...what if you drive two or more cars which have different parking brakes? One of my cars has a hand brake. The other has a foot pedal. What do I answer?
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 11:25:57 PM

Since ziyulu indicated that "There's also an automatic option", might it not be worth including that?

How do you apply your parking brake?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• They're applied automatically
• I don't use my parking brake
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 11:09:04 PM

In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?
> Cash discount greater than my credit card discount
> Station accepts cash only
> I always pay with cash
> I pay cash unless the station is closed but has pay-at-the-pump
> I never pay with cash

I added the 4th (long) answer because it describes my situation, which I’ve had to do twice in the past 20 years or so. Obviously this does not meet specs. The first answer is also too long. I worked on this in an attempt to satisfy Larry’s desires but I don’t see how to fit it into our boundary conditions and still cover the possibilities.

[Edited by: jrsva at 4/24/2014 12:09:59 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:54:14 PM

We have 3 votes for this and I have not seen any complaints. Anyone else? Can we call it done?

How do you apply your parking brake?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• I don't use my parking brake


[Edited by: jrsva at 4/23/2014 11:54:31 PM EST]
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 9:15:18 AM

I also agree that the cash/credit poll has been done recently enough to not merit a re-run.
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 9:14:40 AM

"How about this —
How do you apply your parking brake?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• I don't use my parking brake
"

I like this version of the parking brake poll.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 8:54:36 AM

"Why not? If the card reader does not work, how can you pay with a credit card?"

You walk in the store. I know I don't carry enough cash to fill my tank.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 8:18:09 AM

Why not? If the card reader does not work, how can you pay with a credit card?
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 8:06:56 AM

"We also need to include options for if your credit card is maxed out or if the credit card reader does not work."

I don't think so z.

" what's the difference between "Under no circumstances" and "I never pay with cash" ?"

I guess nothing.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 7:59:42 AM

scoutmaster - what's the difference between "Under no circumstances" and "I never pay with cash" ?

Also, one option you missed is "If the station only accepts cash".
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 6:06:06 AM

We also need to include options for if your credit card is maxed out or if the credit card reader does not work.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 5:58:12 AM

How about

In what circumstances would you pay cash for vehicle fuel?

> Discounted price for cash
> Under no circumstances
> I always pay with cash
> I never pay with cash
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 5:55:38 AM

jrsva,

I like your simplified version of the parking brake question.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 2:05:34 AM

LarryMarg, while I like the thought, I think the question/answers may get too complicated.

For example, for your latest comment...how much of a discount? If the cash were 5 cents cheaper? 5% cheaper? Or ...

Personally, I find the cheapest credit card taking station because I know my credit card will give me enough discount to counter the cheapest discounted cash paying location.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 11:17:28 PM

jrsva - Neither poll addressed, would you be willing to pay cash if you got a discount over paying by credit card.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 10:48:57 PM

How do you apply your parking brake?
> Foot pedal
> Hand lever
> Cord/Cable
> Button
> Automatic
> I don't use my parking brake

I get the first two. What’s this cord/cable thing? Is there a cord just hanging there that you pull like a window shade? It strikes me that a cord or cable will be attached to a handle or a pedal so that one of the first two would apply.

And a button? You just push a button and your brake is applied? Never heard of that either. And automatic? I don’t know anything about automatic transmissions but I thought cars with an automatic transmission still had a manually operated parking brake.

How about this —
How do you apply your parking brake?
• Foot pedal
• Hand lever
• Other
• I don't use my parking brake

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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 10:28:35 PM

We have asked about paying for fuel twice in recent years, with almost identical results.
In Poll 2010-50 we asked how you most often pay for fuel: Cash - 13%, Credit/Debit - 81%, and other - 1%. (There were several other choices which garnered <1%, which is why it adds up to only 95%.)

In Poll 2012-16 we asked how you prefer to pay for fuel: Cash - 16%, Credit/Debit - 81%, and other - 1%. There was no change over a year and a half and it did not matter how the question was posed.

I do not see any point in revisiting this question now.

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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:29:44 PM

What's the limit?

The first 2 could be rolled into "Cash/check". "Corporate card/Expense account" got 0% in previous polls, so I guess that could be dropped.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:47:50 PM

Too many answers to the fuel question LarryMarg.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:36:03 PM

> Automatic

Might it be worth wording this as "They're applied automatically", so there's no confusion by someone who thinks that's related to driving an automatic transmission?
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:32:40 PM

scoutmaster - you changed "How do you prefer to pay for fuel?" to "How do you pay for fuel?". I think the difference could be significant - for example, someone who lives where there are no dual-priced stations might answer "How *do* you pay for fuel?" with "Credit card", whereas their answer to "How do you *prefer* to pay for fuel?" might be "Prefer plastic but will pay cash if discounted" - except the "if discounted" never comes up in their normal purchases.

Looking at the older polls provided a couple of additional options.

How do you prefer to pay for fuel?

• Cash
• Check
• Personal Credit card
• Debit card
• Prefer plastic but will pay cash if discounted
• Prepaid fuel or gift card
• Corporate card/Expense account
• Other
• No preference
• I don't buy fuel
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 12:45:26 PM

I'm not asking what type you have. I'm asking how you apply it.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 12:41:46 PM

Shouldn't the last option be "I don't have a parking brake"? If you don't use it, you still should be able to answer what type you have.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 12:19:10 PM

Jeesh!

How do you apply your parking brake?

> Foot pedal
> Hand lever
> Cord/Cable
> Button
> Automatic
> I don't use my parking brake
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 11:26:13 AM

There's also an automatic option.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 9:27:15 AM

OK

How do you apply your parking brake?

> Foot pedal
> Hand lever
> Cord/Cable
> Button
> I don't use my parking brake
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:28:07 AM

For the parking brake question, you forgot button or cord.
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:22:45 AM

The last two polls about how we pay for fuel netted very similar results.

If we do go with this again, which I don't think we should, here is what I think we should use.

How do you pay for fuel?
• Cash
• Credit card
• Debit card
• Prefer plastic but will pay cash if discounted
• Other
• No preference
• I don't buy fuel
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 7:55:39 AM

I think a repeat of "How do you prefer to pay for fuel?", but with a wider variety of potential answers, might be interesting.

For example:
• No preference
• Cash
• Credit card
• Debit card
• Either credit or debit card
• Prefer plastic but will pay cash if discounted
• Other
• I don't buy fuel
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 5:39:01 AM

How about

How do you apply your parking brake?

> Foot pedal
> Hand lever
> I don't use my parking brake
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 5:37:24 AM

I'd say running out of gas qualifies as a breakdown regardless of where it happens.
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 11:40:10 PM

Running out of gas is a form of breakdown, I guess, but why would you get towed for that? Just go get some gas and pour it in. On the other hand, if you got towed because you ran out in some bad place where you can’t get off the road, that falls under the violation answer.

I’m good with Scout’s latest.

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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 11:29:42 AM

Is running out of gas considered a breakdown?
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 10:10:19 AM

That works. So it would be

What was the reason the last time your vehicle was towed?
• Breakdown
• Accident
• Moving
• Traffic/parking violation
• Other reason
• Never been towed
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 7:37:59 AM

What if we call it "traffic/parking violations"?
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 7:24:34 AM

Parking violations are not traffic violations.
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 6:06:11 AM

Since towing due to illegal parking usually do not result in police action. I would reword it to "traffic violations". "Moving/parking violation" might be confusing since users might think we are capturing two separate purposes in one answer.
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 5:54:13 AM

Not sure I like the Police action answer.

What was the reason the last time your vehicle was towed?
• Breakdown
• Accident
• Moving
• Moving/parking violation
• Other reason
• Never been towed
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 12:33:09 AM

I like the progress on the towing question – what reason is more interesting than how long ago. It really ought to focus on towing the vehicle for some distance, not just pulling it out of a mud hole or snow bank. I’m not sure how to do that but not offering the “stuck” answer is a good start.

I changed the question slightly to accommodate the police answer; is there a better word for this than ‘action’?

What was the reason the last time your vehicle was towed?
• Breakdown
• Accident
• Moving
• Police action
• Other reason
• Never been towed

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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 11:18:41 PM

“It would be interesting to find out whether the mods intentionally did not use the TPMS question.”
I seriously doubt that but I have no clue why it was not used.

“Maybe they were only looking at jrsva's posts?”
Nah, Z has posted several times in the recent past, never any problem. Besides, if the Mod scrolled down to my post he would have gotten the same TPMS poll — he had to scroll down even farther to get the one they used. I’m sure it was not CC who made the pickup.

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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 7:25:05 AM

Thanks for adding "accident"; that is important. We should also add something to the effect of police. Either you got caught drinking and driving and they impound your car or you parked illegally.
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 5:26:52 AM

Interesting. They took the wrong poll.
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 2:35:13 AM

Maybe they were only looking at jrsva's posts?
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 11:27:42 PM

It would be interesting to find out whether the mods intentionally did not use the TPMS question.

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