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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2001 9:38:26 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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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 1:11:44 AM

Let’s wrap up the rush-hour poll. Here is the last version that was posted last week before we broke off the discussion —

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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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 1:09:06 AM

I see two likely possibilities (among many) for why our poll suggestion failed to take.

1 — No one picked up the poll on Friday and someone who did not know where to look for our suggestion made one up at the last moment.

2 — GB mgmt got orders from OPIS late in the week. I doubt that it was from JT unless it came very late. CC usually posts that JT wants to run whatever and gives us enough notice to give JT’s proposal a once over.

But that is all water under the bridge; we are going to resubmit the speed-trap poll on Friday.

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 12:58:05 AM


Larry, I love your poll suggestion, especially, “Don't care - I get cheap fuel from ISIL.”
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jerry972
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 10:04:18 PM

Courtesy - there is a concept you don't see much of these days....
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 6:43:30 PM

In the past, they have told us that they were given directions to post a different poll. Just common courtesy to let us know.
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 10:37:01 AM

I think it was a command from on high to use the military poll, most likely involving some kind of payment to the site. I'm sure it wasn't CCs idea! But an explanation might be nice . . . .
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 7:55:01 AM

No, but they have other times told us that they would not use the poll and that the management wanted to use a poll on ----- this week.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 1:44:14 AM

It's not like they rejected us; they went with something of their own choosing this week, and what we worked on can be used another time.

If military action is taken against Syria, what effect do you believe this will have on fuel prices?

• Prices will go up
• Prices will go down
• Don't care - I get cheap fuel from ISIL
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 12:01:39 AM

Actually, they could have adjusted the poll they used just a bit and made it more relevant. They chose not to. That said, it would have been nice to update the thread to say that they appreciated the work on the poll but decided to offer up a poll of their own.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 11:57:34 PM


It is their site so they can do what they please but that is an irrelevant poll IMO.
I suggest that we repost the speed-trap poll for next week.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 10:51:29 AM

With another poll that I feel is inappropriate for the site. And, apparently so do many others. I wonder if the decision was mad by CC/JT, or if they were given marching orders from OPIS.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 6:43:17 AM

Usurped again without any notice or reason given.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 12:23:58 AM

No. They used this poll:

If military action is taken against Syria, in what time frame do you believe this action will be over?
1 to 30 days
31 to 60 days
61 to 90 days
91 days or more
No military action
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 11:32:55 PM


Apparently they did not get the new poll.
Maybe it will come up later, certainly by Monday.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 8:23:58 AM

No idea. Nothing from the mods.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 12:14:43 AM

Did the poll question get picked up?
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 12:08:10 AM

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 6:46:58 PM

Yes, let's do the speed trap question this week.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 5:12:56 AM

Do whatever you want.

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 12:13:11 AM

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 11:59:37 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 1:45:31 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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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:43:15 PM

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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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 9:32:36 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 8:53:17 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 8:41:00 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 5:14:25 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 4:12:04 AM

I'm OK with Jrsva's version...
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 3:14:10 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 3:13:20 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 1:16:01 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 17, 2014 12:45:05 AM

I'm fine with jrsva's rewording, and also with bugc's addition of the newly-freed-up "Encourage".
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:42:06 AM

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 17, 2014 12:27:02 AM

Instead of
• Carpool lanes
how about the more general
• Encourage carpooling
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:15:46 AM

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 7:14:04 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 2:48:03 PM

Why can't we try to get 7 answers pushed through?
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:43:23 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 8:24:30 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 5:07:05 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 16, 2014 12:03:23 AM

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 11:46:22 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 8:18:33 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 5:14:33 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 1:37:48 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 12:37:54 PM

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 10:15:59 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 9:58:49 AM

What jumps out at me is that Increased Capacity is not on the list.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 9:47:51 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 7:41:50 AM

I like Bytedoc's revision.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 7:23:11 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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