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NightTripper

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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:12:57 PM

I live in the Midwest where they use alcohol. People are posting midrange prices as regular because the alcohol midrange is usually 10 cents cheaper. And they post regular as midrange. Unless Gasbuddy says something different, regular is 87 octane and midrange is 89.
There has to be an easier way to contact the ones posting the wrong prices.

The whole point of Gasbuddy is to alert people to the gas prices. And they are WRONG. So what is the point of posting prices is the majority is posting the wrong prices??? Check the Burlington Iowa area.

Why can't we email direct to these people. Or when I write on their wall they could get an email alerting them to the posting.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 5:35:38 AM

kwzh said: "Unusual number of message posts over the last couple of days..."

Unusual posts to be true.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 11:34:16 PM

Unusual number of message posts over the last couple of days. Hm. Yep, it's the usual suspects. Maybe it's time to lock this thread.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 8:52:49 PM

RONALD777:

Just wondering, but isn't mid-grade normally a blend of regular and premium...and the mixing computer managed and automatic within the separate low octane and high octane tanks?
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 9:18:40 AM

bytebug says: "Not sure how that isn't relevant, as the site is not set up to track alcohol-tainted fuel, as it shouldn't need to be, since this isite is all about getting the most bang for your buck. Addition of alcohol reduces gas mileage more than it reduces cost, resulting in a worse deal for fuel."

Again with a series of ridiculous assertions. You still don't seem to understand that nearly all fuel contains up to 10% ethanol and that it's difficult in many places around the country to find fuel that does not. This site accepts prices every day for fuels that contain ethanol.

Further, this discussion was never about the desire to use ethanol blended gasoline, gas mileage or anything about gaining the best deal. You seem to be trying to divert the discussion about enthanol/non-ethanol price differentials off course by introducing an entirely different argument.

Your apparent lack of understanding about fuels in general either suggests that you probably don't drive, certainly don't read the pump when you're in a gas station; or, that your intent here is simply to aggravate others with ludicrous comments and misrepresentations of the facts.

RG




[Edited by: RichWLIN at 8/21/2012 10:19:50 AM EST]
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RONALD777
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 9:06:05 AM

There is a station close to me that sells only reg. & midgrade fuel. Yet people are continually posting premium prices. The manager of the station told me they haven't sold premium gas in years. Are people blind? if so - why are blind people allowed to drive? Enquiring minds want to know.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 7:05:08 AM

>> NightTripper never said that he didn't observe the actual prices where GasBuddy
>> members are routinely posting incorrect prices.

If that were the case, he would have simply reported the correct prices, which would have replaced the incorrect prices, and it would have been the end of the story. Something that all of us do, and what results in the website having the latest and most accurate prices.

>> bytebug muddied the waters with vague and or inaccurate descriptions of fuel "formulations

Not sure how that isn't relevant, as the site is not set up to track alcohol-tainted fuel, as it shouldn't need to be, since this isite is all about getting the most bang for your buck. Addition of alcohol reduces gas mileage more than it reduces cost, resulting in a worse deal for fuel.


[Edited by: bytebug at 8/21/2012 8:09:40 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 6:41:24 AM

As of right now, there are three stations posted in Burlington, Iowa. One has a regular and mid-grade price posted and the mid-grade prices is cheaper than the regular price posted. Seems correct to me.

Say hi to Scrapheap for me bytebug.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 8/21/2012 7:43:22 AM EST]
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 6:16:59 AM

bytebug - I don't need to verify what he is telling me is true. All I am pointing out, quite correctly mind you, is that you don't know what you are talking about, which you have admitted.

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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 5:48:26 AM

NightTripper never said that he didn't observe the actual prices where GasBuddy members are routinely posting incorrect prices. This was one of bytebug's accusations. He obviously knew that the prices are wrong, and was trying to point out that it is an ongoing problem in his area when members who don't see the prices, or know the difference between non-ethanol and ethanol blended fuel prices, assume otherwise and routinely post incorrect prices.

Incredibly, instead of trying to understand the problem he was describing and discuss it rationally, bytebug muddied the waters with vague and or inaccurate descriptions of fuel "formulations" and then accused NightTripper of being part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

This is an all too common story line here in gasdom.

RG
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 1:03:27 AM

>> you finally admit you don't know what you are talking about.

Something I share with you as well, Scrapheap. Or have you been commuting to Burlington Illinois? Did YOU see those prices for yourself and can personally verify what NightTripper reported as true? Or do you continue to defend someone who couldn't be bothered to personally verify the pricing anomalies were more than just speculation?
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:05:30 AM

bytebug wrote > I guess that's something I share with the OP, since he couldn't be bothered to actually visit the stations in question either.

Finally she admits that she is just guessing. Maybe you should just butt out since nobody asked you and, in addition to having no common sense, you finally admit you don't know what you are talking about.

[Edited by: Scrapheap at 8/21/2012 1:06:40 AM EST]
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:00:33 AM

>> You don't know anything about gas prices in his area.

I guess that's something I share with the OP, since he couldn't be bothered to actually visit the stations in question either.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:37:59 PM

What byetbug wrote > His claims of mid-range cheaper than regular means that he's posting the incorrect prices.

In resposne to >> It seems some one deleted my posts. And without any warning to me.

bytebug wrote > They do that when someone posts bogus prices.

How do you know he is wrong? When is the last time you observed gas prices in Burlington Illinois?

bytebug wrote > He claimed to know the alcohol content of fuel at stations without actually visiting those stations. Which is why his reports of incorrect pricing fell on deaf ears of the staff here.

Did the GasBuddy staff tell you this? Seems to me a logical supposition is that the GasBuddy staff makes all their decisions based on marketing. They don't care about false prices in sparsely populated fly over states.

One thing is pretty clear. You don't know anything about gas prices in his area.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:20:35 PM

>> I forgot to point out that you have repeatedly accused him of posting false prices.

No, I challenged his accusations that the prices posted by others were wrong, given that he "wasn't aware of the current correct price", and thus could not post a "current correct price" for those he claimed were posted incorrectly. He claimed to know the alcohol content of fuel at stations without actually visiting those stations. Which is why his reports of incorrect pricing fell on deaf ears of the staff here.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 10:54:04 PM

bytebug wrote > A better analogy would be if you were to post a price of $3.75 for the price of regular, and I were to claim that you got it wrong and the true price was $3.79. Your position seems to be that my claim, without actually observing the price at a station, should still be taken seriously, while my position is that the price you posted from actual observation, should not be challenged by my speculation.

I forgot to point out that you have repeatedly accused him of posting false prices. Did you see those prices yourself? How did you know they were wrong? When is the last time you observed gas prices in Burlington Illinois?
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 10:30:13 PM

>> So if I were to post a price of 2.89 for regular in Orange County, would you believe it to be accurate?

I could not legitimately claim it to be false unless I knew from observation what the correct price to be. A very simple concept, which I don't understand how anyone could have issue with. And it mirrors the position of the GasBuddy moderators.

A better analogy would be if you were to post a price of $3.75 for the price of regular, and I were to claim that you got it wrong and the true price was $3.79. Your position seems to be that my claim, without actually observing the price at a station, should still be taken seriously, while my position is that the price you posted from actual observation, should not be challenged by my speculation.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 10:05:28 PM

bytebug wrote > And once again, if he wasn't aware of the current correct price, there was no way that he could be certain the prices he was reporting as incorrect were actually wrong.

So if I were to post a price of 2.89 for regular in Orange County, would you believe it to be accurate?
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 9:55:26 PM

>> The key words being "and are aware of the current correct price" which he wouldn't
>> know unless he drove out of his way to find them.

And once again, if he wasn't aware of the current correct price, there was no way that he could be certain the prices he was reporting as incorrect were actually wrong.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 9:32:52 PM

bytebug wrote > And since it appears that the site removed price posts made by NightTripper, I'd guess the OP was the one who appeared foolish in the end and decided to take his marbles and go sulk.

He was complaining about forum posts disappearing.

bytebug wrote > "If you see an inaccurate price, and are aware of the current correct price, please update the existing price for everyone in your area to see."

The key words being "and are aware of the current correct price" which he wouldn't know unless he drove out of his way to find them. Don never suggested that he drive all over the state to find them. You own that looney idea.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 9:18:42 PM

>> If I looked as foolish as you did in this thread

Well, since the moderator (Don) backed me up twice, I'm not sure what you are talking about. And since it appears that the site removed price posts made by NightTripper, I'd guess the OP was the one who appeared foolish in the end and decided to take his marbles and go sulk.

Once again, the bottom line:

"If you see an inaccurate price, and are aware of the current correct price, please update the existing price for everyone in your area to see."
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 9:12:59 PM

Well I got the distinct feeling that we were all missing part of the conversation, and apparently this was NightTripper's most recent complaint when he allowed as how he had more than one post here deleted. I suspect that he must have been having a back and forth with one of the moderators that ended badly enough to cause that part of this discussion to be removed.

In support of this, his comments don't make much sense and this is likely because they are used out of context from a conversation that we aren't privy to. For whatever reason he's pissed off now so we'll probably never know.

It's really too bad that a member who tried to report an issue that he has been observing was subjected to ridicule and even blamed for the problem. Some members make it their business to treat others this way without offering factual argument or explanation. Baseless assertions about gas "additives" and misrepresentations like "less than a fraction of a percent" from the trolling bytebug are condoned here, but apparently whatever NightTripper said that had to be deleted is not.

RG
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 6:53:14 PM

While Gas_Buddy made a good attempt to contribute even less than Bytebug, I think she still takes the prize, if for no other reason than her repetitive way of demonstrating she didn't know what she was talking about.

[Edited by: Scrapheap at 8/20/2012 7:54:41 PM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 5:14:56 PM

Forget for a moment that no one knew what was being referred to (gas prices, white board, discussion comments, etc.) in response to "They" being deleted.

As for:
"They were deleted!! If you were ever in combat you would know what freedom is about."

No. And I mean NO! If you were ever in combat doesn't mean you know what freedom is about; it means you know what combat is about. And only what some of combat is about. And I'll be more than willing to explain what combat is about, and how I'm familiar with it, intimately familiar with it, off-topic.

Flippantly saying "If you were ever in combat you would know what freedom is about" in relation to some insignificant discussion about gas price or discussion comments being deleted is demeaning and dismissive of what combat and what fighting for freedom is about. To put "ever in combat...[and] freedom" in the same context of some private website deleting gas prices or discussion comments is shameful and you should be embarrassed for equating the two.

Furthermore, the comment "Way to go GasBuddy. living in the USA does not mean much to these people." in relation to deleted gas price posts or discussion comments is equally shameful.

There's no further value, in my opinion, in keeping this discussion going.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 3:43:47 PM

bytebug wrote > Good deal! Not a problem worth pursuing, so we can lock the thread now!

If I looked as foolish as you did in this thread, I would want it locked too.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1:55:52 PM

The queen bee has spoken. Must be time to lock the thread.

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 8/20/2012 2:58:03 PM EST]
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:38:58 AM

>> I will not respond any more to the posts in this thread. There is not point to it.

Good deal! Not a problem worth pursuing, so we can lock the thread now!
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 9:42:14 AM

All we are trying to do NightTripper is get a better understanding of what you are posting. You state "they are being deleted" but don't state what is being deleted. It could be prices you entered, forum posts, white board posts, etc. More detail would help sort this out, but if you just want to go away without giving more clarification thereby leaving the membership to think what they will, that's up to you.
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NightTripper
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 9:31:53 AM

"Ya didn't answer my question NightTripper so I'll ask again. Were they deleted or did they time out?

And "If you were ever in the service you would know." doesn't answer the question, either. Wanna try again? "

"NightTripper writes,
> It seems some one deleted my posts. And without any warning to me.

Ambiguous, but in view of the topic, I'll assume you're talking about price posts rather than message posts. See the FAQ for a checklist of possible reasons.

> Way to go GasBuddy. living in the USA does not mean much to these people.
> If you were ever in the service you would know [what that means].

I guess you're implying that we send soldiers out to fight for the right to post pricing information on someone else's site and not have it be deleted by what could be vandalism or a system glitch or something else. Despite not having been in the service myself, I disagree."

They were deleted!! If you were ever in combat you would know what freedom is about.

"Pardon me, but I don't understand any of the last few posts?

NightTripper, What kind of posts got deleted? I don't understand the relevance to this discussion. Did you mean for this to be placed in another topic?"

And they were not price posts!! They were about how GasBuddy doesn't seem to care if the prices are correct or not. It seems it is all about having a price there. And not caring if it is a correct price.

In Galesburg Illinois there are 9 stations on the gas map right now. ALL 9 are the wrong price. They have mixed midrange for regular. Two days ago there were 11 stations posted. ALL 11 were the wrong prices. They had switched midrange for regular.

And no matter how hard you switch my words around. The prices are still wrong!!

I will not respond any more to the posts in this thread. There is not point to it.

Mark Burgus
Galesburg Illinois

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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 7:36:46 AM

Pardon me, but I don't understand any of the last few posts?

NightTripper, What kind of posts got deleted? I don't understand the relevance to this discussion. Did you mean for this to be placed in another topic?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 5:45:08 AM

Ya didn't answer my question NightTripper so I'll ask again. Were they deleted or did they time out?

And "If you were ever in the service you would know." doesn't answer the question, either. Wanna try again?
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 5:11:57 AM

NightTripper writes,
> It seems some one deleted my posts. And without any warning to me.

Ambiguous, but in view of the topic, I'll assume you're talking about price posts rather than message posts. See the FAQ for a checklist of possible reasons.

> Way to go GasBuddy. living in the USA does not mean much to these people.
> If you were ever in the service you would know [what that means].

I guess you're implying that we send soldiers out to fight for the right to post pricing information on someone else's site and not have it be deleted by what could be vandalism or a system glitch or something else. Despite not having been in the service myself, I disagree.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 9:42:54 PM

>> It seems some one deleted my posts. And without any warning to me.

They do that when someone posts bogus prices.
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NightTripper
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 8:19:51 PM

""It seems some one deleted my posts. And without any warning to me."

Are you sure they were deleted and just didn't time out?
"
They were there.

""Way to go GasBuddy. living in the USA does not mean much to these people."

What the heck does this mean? "

If you were ever in the service you would know.

Mark
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 8:16:37 PM

"It seems some one deleted my posts. And without any warning to me."

Are you sure they were deleted and just didn't time out?

"Way to go GasBuddy. living in the USA does not mean much to these people."

What the heck does this mean?
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albiek1976
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 7:58:01 PM

Speedway for years had 92 octane as Premium.. The last few months they now use 93 Octane. I don't know what made this change.. but at least everyone is now the same in this area
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NightTripper
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 10:49:14 AM

It seems some one deleted my posts. And without any warning to me.

Way to go GasBuddy. living in the USA does not mean much to these people.

Mark
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 12:43:12 PM

@NightTripper,

Some regular prices in other states is 86 and you may also find that midrange can also be 90 and 91. I've seen premium be 92. I think it depends on the station and the range they have (usually only 3 ranges) So if a station has 86,89,92 the user entering midrange enters 89.

I think what would fix this confusion is the person signing the station up entering what octane the gas station uses and showing the users so that we can make a better educated decision.

Myself I have go to a gas station that had the cheaper prices to find that they were selling 86 and not 87.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 8:42:57 AM

Evidently this isn't cause for concern for members in areas where there aren't many stations selling non-ethanol fuel.

bytebug suggests: "This is a local situation affecting less than a fraction of a percent of all of the stations that GasBuddy receives prices for."

At the risk of seeming argumentative, just how much is "less than a fraction of a percent"?

According to pure-gas.org there are at least 5688 known stations around the country that offer non-ethanol gasoline. Even if this figure is considered a full 1%, that would mean that there are 568,800 gas stations that GasBuddy "receives prices for", or about 10,000 stations per state and Canadian province.

I think everyone would agree that this is not currently a widespread problem, but let's not trivialize it with exaggerated or nebulous figures.

RG



[Edited by: RichWLIN at 8/18/2012 9:52:52 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 7:09:00 AM

">> Would you want people e-mailing you about this site?

Happens automatically if people post to your whiteboard AND you have email notification turned on."

True bytebug but the sender still does not know your e-mail address.

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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 6:58:10 AM

kwzh, my comment about solving this issue via data input was intended as sarcasm.

This is indeed currently a local problem around the country but not for the reason that some here have indicated. True, there are islands around the U.S. where the demand is still great enough for suppliers to provide so-called pure gasoline containing no ethanol, and only a few thousand stations known where non-ethanol fuel can be purchased. This doesn't mean that reporting its price here on GB couldn't be handled differently than it presently is. I don't pretend to have the solution, and neither did NightTripper; I think that this is why he brought it up here in the first place.

There is ethanol in the majority of fuel sold everywhere in the U.S. It should be obvious that the mandated use of ethanol will not be discontinued because of the price of corn or sugar cane or any of the other resources used to create the blend of fuel we pump into our vehicles. If the cost of raw materials goes up, they'll just raise the price of the product. This is what we have been experiencing all along with fuel prices.

High alcohol content corn is very easy to grow. In fact, corn for use as a food or feed product is purposely bred to contain minimum amounts of alcohol making it a more expensive product than that which can be grown for use as a fuel. There is a distinct difference between corn intended for food and corn used in fuel products.

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the high price of corn to cause the discontinuation of ethanol. The use of ethanol as an element of blended gasoline isn't likely to be discontinued until all gas is.

RG
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 2:38:27 AM

As well, there continues to be a growing backlash against the ethanol mandate, especially with the cost of corn skyrocketing, and with it much of the rest of our food. Using food to power our vehicles is beyond stupid, leading to more expensive fuel AND more expensive food.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 2:25:07 AM

>> I'm not convinced of this.

I am. This is a local situation affecting less than a fraction of a percent of all of the stations that GasBuddy receives prices for.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 1:27:10 AM

RichWLIN writes,
> Designing a data input system to head this kind of thing off at the server end just doesn't make any sense when a huge volunteer workforce willing to make corrections is already in place.

I'm not convinced of this. The system already has sanity checking for certain common mistakes -- if adding one more sanity check would prevent a situation that currently wastes time for the moderator who has to read the complaints in the inbox, then it would soon pay for itself.

Since this wouldn't even require tuning a heuristic to decide what "makes sense" (because it's a simple comparison of regular and midgrade price), it should be particularly easy to implement. EXCEPT that it only applies to some areas, not all. (And perhaps in some areas, it applies only to some stations.)
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 7:19:21 PM

>> Would you want people e-mailing you about this site?

Happens automatically if people post to your whiteboard AND you have email notification turned on.

>> advising you to make corrections for errant prices whenever you see them

But NightTripper can't do this because (s)he only SUSPECTS that the prices are incorrect, because (s)he can't be bothered to drive all over the state to personally observe those prices.

After much back and forth, perhaps the best suggestion would be to move this discussion to the Illinois local forum so that NightTripper can educate those people in the area affected by this LOCAL situation. For most of the country, mid-range is more expensive than regular.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 5:04:33 PM

NightTripper
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"I'm sorry Gas Buddy but I made little sense of that reply. Maybe if you backed up a little and read some of the thread??"

I have read the thread; not some of it but the entire thread. I will reiterate what I previously wrote: There are some members who have said, in various discussions, that in their Gas Buddy area, the price of what is "mid-grade" is lower than that of regular. In THEIR area. Because I can't verify THEIR area gas price at the pump, I have to assume their comments about pricing is correct, regardless of whether it happens in other areas or if it makes sense.

Regarding "scoutmaster "Would you want people e-mailing you about this site? I don't think so. That's the reason you can write on members whiteboards & send PM's."
Seems to me that the owners of this board would do what they can to be accurate."

I have to agree with scoutmaster's comment. It's not Gas Buddy's right (for lack of a better word) to give out members e-mail address; they already have a way-of-contact in place if members wish to communicate with each other. Would you similarly suggest that Gas Buddy (and I'm not being frivolous about this) can or should give out your e-mail address so other members can contact you about anything they wish to? To spam you (if that's their intent)? Should Gas Buddy provide your phone number so people can text you directly if they have questions or wish to converse with you? I'm willing to give my e-mail address to other members - if I think such communication with those members has value - but that's my decison, and it's on a case by case basis, just as I think you should have the right to e-mail privacy and be immune to my possibly harassing you or inundating your e-mail box, especially as Gas Buddy has provided us with a communication channel.

I understand your concern about pricing but, considering the moderators' workload, maybe, like it or not, the answer is already in place, and that's member-correction. Not necessarily a good answer, but if you don't want to contact the moderators with relevant information (as others have suggested) and wait for the moderators to take action, then there's not a heckuva lot of options. After all, this is member-contribution website, and subject to errors, mistakes, misreading-at-the-pump/misposting, etc., in the same manner as wikipedia; we're not paying for accuracy, and are simply dependent on others doing the correct thing. That doesn't always happen...but you already know that.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 2:23:41 PM

"At this time there are 11 stations being reported in Galesburg Illinois. And ALL 11 are reversed!!!"

So NightTripper, if you really want to pursue this you should:

1.) Record the names and locations of each of the stations where incorrect prices have been posted...and

2.) Record the names of corresponding members who posted the incorrect prices and when.

3.) Submit this list to a moderator from your buddy list in the member messaging section.

Having done so, you should subsequently receive a boiler plate message informing you that your report has been received and advising you to make corrections for errant prices whenever you see them.

4.) Go do this now if you haven't already done so.

This is the current protocol for reporting members who input incorrect prices as far as I can tell. The same procedure should be followed for each new infraction that you observe. If you have the spare time and patience to be diligent reporting this behavior often enough, it may eventually be addressed by the site managers causing the current bogus price reporter to cease and desist. However, be aware that another member may come along and do the same thing in the future creating the need to repeat the above procedure with each new occurrence.

Designing a data input system to head this kind of thing off at the server end just doesn't make any sense when a huge volunteer workforce willing to make corrections is already in place.

RG


[Edited by: RichWLIN at 8/17/2012 3:28:42 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 1:29:31 PM

Then if those prices are incorrect, correct them or delete them and report them to the moderators.
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NightTripper
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 12:52:51 PM

At this time there are 11 stations being reported in Galesburg Illinois. And ALL 11 are reversed!!! 100% are being reported as wrong?? 100% of 11 stations!

Mark
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bigboy6312
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2012 9:20:46 AM

I read this morning that Sinclair at 10500 Overland had Diesel at 3.75 per gal. you need to check this out because they don't sell Diesel at that station. Unless they have hidden the pumps.
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NightTripper
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 8:06:31 PM

I'm sorry Gas Buddy but I made little sense of that reply. Maybe if you backed up a little and read some of the thread??

MsPeachi747 "They use alcohol?"
I know! Why would anyone in their right mind do that to perfectly good alcohol

scoutmaster "Would you want people e-mailing you about this site? I don't think so. That's the reason you can write on members whiteboards & send PM's."
Seems to me that the owners of this board would do what they can to be accurate.

[Edited by: NightTripper at 8/15/2012 9:09:42 PM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 7:49:59 PM

NightTripper:

Mark, you wrote: "Let's try to apply a little common sense here. It is not normal for regular to be ten cents cheaper than mid range."

Whether it's normal or not, we've had a multitude of members taking time in various threads to say that "in their area", mid-grade fuel is lower priced than regular. That's not the same as members simply posting prices (accurate or not), but taking time to add to the discussion. While I can't remember ever having seen mid-grade lower priced than regular (though I have seen mid-grade priced the same as regular on rare occasions and mid-grade priced the same as premium at other times, though not anytime recently), I've come around to accepting that, if people are going to tell me that "in my area...", I'll take their word for it.

I can't see any reason for them to take the time to post a message telling me that unless it was the way things are "in their area."
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