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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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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 3:05:34 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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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 12:17:28 AM

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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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 11:48:57 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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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 11:28:35 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 3:29:44 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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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:47:50 PM

Too many answers to the fuel question LarryMarg.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:36:03 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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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 2:32:40 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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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:45:26 PM

I'm not asking what type you have. I'm asking how you apply it.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:41:46 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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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 1:19:10 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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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 12:26:13 PM

There's also an automatic option.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 10:27:15 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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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 9:28:07 AM

For the parking brake question, you forgot button or cord.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 9:22:45 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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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:55:39 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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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 6:39:01 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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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 6:37:24 AM

I'd say running out of gas qualifies as a breakdown regardless of where it happens.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2014 12:40:10 AM

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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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 12:29:42 PM

Is running out of gas considered a breakdown?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 11:10:19 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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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 8:37:59 AM

What if we call it "traffic/parking violations"?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 8:24:34 AM

Parking violations are not traffic violations.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 7:06:11 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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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 6:54:13 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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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 1:33:09 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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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2014 12:18:41 AM

“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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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 8:25:05 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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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 6:26:52 AM

Interesting. They took the wrong poll.
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jmdeng
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 3:35:13 AM

Maybe they were only looking at jrsva's posts?
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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:27:42 AM

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

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jerry972
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 2:27:45 PM

When I think back over the 30 years I have been driving, I have had 2 cars towed due to major accidents (totaled or close to it), and 1 for a breakdown. I have never had a car towed for being stuck - winched out to the a cleared section of road, yes, but towed, no.

How about this for a towing question?

What was the reason the last time you had your vehicle towed?
- Breakdown
- Accident
- Moving
- Other reason
- Never had to tow vehicle
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 10:31:51 AM

How about this for a towing question?

What was the reason the last time you had your vehicle towed?
- Breakdown
- Moving
- Stuck (mud, snow, ice, water, etc)
- Other reason
- Never had to tow vehicle

[Edited by: ziyulu at 4/19/2014 10:32:13 AM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 10:30:36 AM

And then there are times when you tow your vehicle when you move.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 7:18:49 AM

I was thinking of when you are on the road. I wasn't thinking of what you posted, jrsva.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 5:03:21 AM

What if we specify with outside assistance? jrsva, I'm sure you don't call in a wrecker when you get stuck.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 12:27:39 AM

Good towing question.

Did next week's question get picked up?
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 11:51:39 PM

Scout, interesting idea for a poll about towing. Are you thinking of being towed by a wrecker after an accident or breakdown or more generally? Pulling something out of the mud is a pretty common occurrence around a farm, especially in spring, so I could answer, “Last week” if that sort of thing is included.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 7:03:01 AM

*** Moderator ***

Here is our question for next week. Please let us know when you get it.

Does your primary vehicle have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)?
• Yes, only warning light(s)
• Yes, with pressure display
• No
• I don't know
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 7:02:24 AM

I was joking about the RV. But some users might bring it up.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 6:49:41 AM

How about this for a new poll

When was the last time you had to have one of your vehicles towed?

> less than 1 year ago
> 1-3 years ago
> 4-6 years ago
> greater than 6 years ago
> Don't remember
> Never had vehicle towed
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 6:18:15 AM

Sounds good to me.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 11:32:51 PM

How about we put up the TPMS poll for next week? It is timely because PD wrote about it in a recent blog.

240, Does your primary vehicle have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)?
• Yes, only warning light(s)
• Yes, with pressure display
• No
• I don't know

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 11:19:36 PM

“. . . so a truck towing a trailer will be considered two vehicles, right?”
Right, but only one motor vehicle.

“An RV trailer has a ‘motor’ in it to run water, electricity, etc.”
Right, but it is not a motor vehicle.

Come on Z, why are you bringing up stuff that is obviously off the mark?
Let’s call this one finished —

How many registered motor vehicles are there in your household?
• None
• One
• Two
• Three
• Four or more

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bugc
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 12:53:48 PM

Z's version is OK for me.

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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 12:38:08 PM

An RV trailer has a "motor" in it to run water, electricity, etc.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 11:40:13 AM

Absolutely unless we change the wording from vehicle to motorized vehicle.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 10:41:51 AM

Since many states require trailers to be registered, so a truck towing a trailer will be considered two vehicles, right?
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 10:16:22 AM

This one will work for me.

How many registered motor vehicles are there in your household?
• None
• One
• Two
• Three
• Four or more
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 10:08:22 AM

Semantics I doubt anyone will notice but either is OK with me.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 10:00:59 AM


The difference between Jerry’s version of the question and mine is getting the adjective located in front of what it modifies. Vehicles are not “registered in your household,” they are registered with the state. “Registered motor vehicles” clarifies this, hence I prefer the version Z posted, just below.
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