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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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jerry972
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 9:36:38 AM

I agree. The investment poll is good to go.
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jerry972
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 9:31:39 AM

jrsva,

I disagree with your assertion that that the concept of cell phones had not be conceived 50 years ago.

The original Star Trek TV series hit the airwaves 48 years ago this summer. My first cell phone in the early 1990s looked and operated a lot like the "communicators" from the TV series. (I always wondered whether the engineering design team took their cues from the show).

In addition, I heard a report a couple of days ago that Apple (or some other tablet maker) was putting the iPhone (or the equivalent smartphone) into a wrist watch. The wrist phone from 1940s Dick Tracy comic strips is now a reality!
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 9:07:12 AM

<“I agree that ‘Not within 50 years’ covers ‘Never.’">

Scout, “Considering 50 years ago no one would have thought cell phones would exist, I would disagree with this statement.”

That’s an excellent example of why it is senseless to try to predict what might happen technologically 50 years hence, let alone ‘never.’

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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 6:26:40 AM

"Addressing Byte’s point about “commercially viable,” it may not be instantly understood by all but if one stops to think about it, it is a definite point in time — that is the time when a manufacturer offers such a vehicle for sale to the general public as opposed to a “concept car” or one available for trial under controlled conditions. "

If that is what you mean by "commercially viable" then why not just say "available for sale to the general public"? That is a clear, definite point in time.

(That's not what the term "commercially viable" means to me, btw.)
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 5:41:00 AM

"I agree that "Not within 50 years" covers "Never"."

Considering 50 years ago no one would have thought cell phones would exist, I would disagree with this statement.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 12:12:18 AM

I agree that "Not within 50 years" covers "Never".
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 11:22:07 PM

I’m fine with Bugc’s rewording of the investment poll. That’s 3 ‘aye’ votes; is there anything else or is it good to go?

Do you think investing in oil and gas companies is worthwhile in the current market?
• Yes
• No
• I don't know

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 11:17:46 PM

It looks like we have good agreement on the driverless poll. I will put it on the Ready List for posting on Friday morning.

Addressing Byte’s point about “commercially viable,” it may not be instantly understood by all but if one stops to think about it, it is a definite point in time — that is the time when a manufacturer offers such a vehicle for sale to the general public as opposed to a “concept car” or one available for trial under controlled conditions. “Mainstream” implies (to me) a more advanced but somewhat vague commercial position, where the vehicle is seen routinely on the roads. I would say that the pure EV has passed the first hurdle while the hybrid has passed the second one.

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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 7:28:04 AM

I like the term "commercially viable".
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 6:26:57 AM

bugc, I like your version of the oil & gas investing question:

Do you think investing in oil and gas companies is worthwhile in the current market?
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 6:25:55 AM

Frankly, I think that "commercially viable" is less well understood by more people than "mainstream" is. However, if the group likes that term better for the poll, I'll go along with it.

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 4:08:03 AM

I'm good with jrsva's latest version of the driverless car poll.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 11:06:19 PM

The driverless car question would be good for next week.

I would turn the other question around:
Do you think investing in oil and gas companies is worthwhile in the current market?
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 10:57:39 PM


Given PD’s blog about the Nissan Autonomous Drive systems, I would like to put up the driverless-car poll for next week. Some of the comments on the forum topic are interesting.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 10:46:09 PM

I was trying to get rid of “do you think” as being unnecessary in an opinion question but if others prefer it that’s fine with me.

Given the current market, do you think investing in oil and gas companies is worthwhile?
• Yes
• No
• I don't know

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 10:42:44 PM

I think “commercially viable” solves the problem with the driverless poll; however, I still have issues with the ‘never’ choice. For me, “not within 50 years” is close enough to “never” that I don’t think we need the latter. Forecasting something technology based 50 years out is already a stretch. Moore’s Law probably applies to the technological part but the human part is another thing altogether.

When do you think driverless cars will become commercially viable?
• Within 5 years
• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years

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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 5:18:17 PM

Commercially viable works for me.

They were playing with their "driverless" toys here just today

10 News - Gov Scott tries driverless car in Tampa
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bugc
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 1:21:00 PM

"commercially viable".... Now that is a terminology we could use.

Example:

When do you think driverless cars will become commercially viable?

...and there are other places where we could use this description.

[Edited by: bugc at 7/29/2014 2:21:38 PM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 12:42:16 PM

In PD's blog today:

The Nissan CEO said new technologies including automated lane controls and highway traffic management systems, to be introduced over the next four years, would demonstrate to consumers the viability and value of Autonomous Drive systems, which Nissan intends to make commercially viable by 2020.
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 10:54:32 AM

"Would you agree that electric cars are "mainstream" now?"

Fully electric - No.
Hybrid electric - Getting there.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 10:06:28 AM

"Would you agree that electric cars are "mainstream" now?"

Plug-in electric cars - that is, pure electric, battery-powered only? No.
Hybrid gasoline / electric cars? Yes.

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 7/29/2014 11:06:55 AM EST]
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bimmergary
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 8:19:46 AM

Maybe alternative, but not yet mainstream.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 7:33:38 AM

Would you agree that electric cars are "mainstream" now?
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 6:53:12 AM

I like your last tweak of the investing:
Given the current market, do you think investing in oil and gas companies is worthwhile?
• Yes
• No
• I don't know

For the other, I don't think we are there yet...maybe something along this line? Because even when available and folks start buying, it will take time to create "mass" on the road. When do you think the general public will start buying driverless cars?
• Within 5 years
• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years
• Never
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 6:35:59 AM

For the driverless car poll we've drifted from mainstream to commonly used - two very different things if you ask me. I think mainstream would be well understood by the general GasBuddy membership. Since "mainstream" is a threshold that has to be crossed before something can become "commonly used", I vote for this version:

When do you think driverless cars will become mainstream?
• Within 5 years
• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years
• Never
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 6:30:42 AM

Although more concise, it makes it seem a bit less of an opinion poll (to me anyway). A tweak of the tweak, for consideration by the group:

Given the current market, do you think investing in oil and gas companies is worthwhile?
• Yes
• No
• I don't know

More concise than my previous version but still has more of an opinion poll feel.
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 5:55:44 AM

When do you think driverless cars will be commonly used by the general public?
• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years
• Never
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 5:05:16 AM

If you say "in use", currently the public can try them out at various places.
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 4:07:10 AM

When do you think driverless cars will be in use by the general public?
• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years
• Never
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:53:53 PM

We’ve made some progress in turning Z’s investment question into an opinion poll.
I’ll tweak Byte’s version a little more, trying to make it slightly more concise:

Given the current market, is investing in oil and gas companies worthwhile?
• Yes
• No
• I don't know

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:47:58 PM

I’m happy enough with “mainstream.” I think it is a generally understood term but still vague enough for the purposes of a highly speculative poll. I do not much like “common.” It is slightly more wordy, but how about this?

When do you think driverless cars will be in use by the general public?

To me that does not equate to “common,” it just means that the technology has been proven safe and reliable enough that your average Joe can buy one if he wants to.

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 5:38:18 PM

Maybe we should start with when these vehicles would be "road legal" for the mainstream consumer...
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jerry972
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 3:39:19 PM

How about the word "common" instead of "mainstream" (which smacks too much of bureaucratic writing).

When will driverless cars become common?
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:21:48 PM

That's a good question. We probably need to define "mainstream".
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 9:47:17 AM

Presumably "mainstream" in this poll has the generally accepted meaning - that is, when will driverless cars be regarded as normal or conventional? They will have to be legally accepted well before they become mainstream.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 9:27:08 AM

What does this question mean by "mainstream"?

Is it common or prevalent or ??? Will it be legally accepted?

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 6:53:57 AM

I'm also fine with:

When do you think driverless cars will become mainstream?
• Within 5 years
• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 6:43:24 AM

I'm fine with:

When do you think driverless cars will become mainstream?
• Within 5 years
• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 6:20:45 AM

How about this slight tweak to ziyulu's version- I think it makes it more of an opinion poll:

Given the current market, do you think it is worthwhile to invest in oil and gas companies?
• Yes
• No
• I don't know
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 5:19:28 AM

How about this?

Given the current market, would you invest in oil and gas companies?
- Yes
- No
- I don't know
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 4:09:24 AM

Would you invest in oil and gas companies?
- Yes
- No
- I don't know
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:14:17 AM


Z’s investment question is yet another survey; can we wring an opinion question out of this concept?
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:11:34 AM

I would like to retain the 5-year horizon for the hyper-optimists out there. It will probably not get a lot of takers but I’d like to give it a shot. Then the increments are 2x, 2x, and 2.5x; we could change 50 to 40 if y’all would like to keep equal increments. For me, “not within 50 years” is close enough to “never” that I don’t think we need the latter. Forecasting something technology based 50 years out is already a stretch. Moore’s Law probably applies to the technological part but the human part is another thing altogether.

When do you think driverless cars will become mainstream?
• Within 5 years
• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years

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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 10:05:08 AM

I'd like to keep "within 5".
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 6:55:00 AM

How is 20 to 50 a 10 year span?
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 5:42:15 AM

Since all the other spans are 10 years I say we drop the 5 and add never.

When do you think driver-less cars will become mainstream?

• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years
• Never
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 11:13:44 PM

New suggestion:

Do you have investments in oil and gas companies?
- Yes
- No
- I don't know
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 11:12:56 PM

I like jrsva's latest version.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 10:16:05 PM

If you drop 15, how about throwing in 30 ?
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 10:10:50 PM

I like Larry’s wording, just a little cleaner, but I agree with Z that we do not need the 15-year option. That seems to me to be cutting it a little fine.

When do you think driver-less cars will become mainstream?
• Within 5 years
• Within 10 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years

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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 1:37:24 PM

How about phrasing it better to show we're not talking about *exactly* 10 years from now?

When do you think driver-less cars will become mainstream?
• Within 5 years
• Within 10 years
• Within 15 years
• Within 20 years
• Within 50 years
• Not within 50 years
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