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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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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 6:55:14 AM

"For the Oregon and New Jersey folks, the second answer simply would not apply to them."

Not always. Just because there is an attendant doesn't mean you can't go inside to pay especially if there is a convenience store attached and you want to make a purchase.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 6:49:50 AM

The inside or attendant was trying to address the issue of NJ or OR where they pay at the pump ---since some members were bringing that up. I am fine with leaving it off.

Order no big deal for me - I am fine with either order.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 6:20:46 AM

295, How do you usually prefer to pay for fuel?
• Credit/debit at the pump
• Credit/debit inside
• Cash
• Other

For the Oregon and New Jersey folks, the second answer simply would not apply to them.

Why not? You still can pay inside at most stations in New Jersey and Oregon.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 12:02:36 AM


I’m fine with Tx’s version except I don’t see the need for “(inside or attendant)” with the ‘cash’ answer. I’m also fine with Jerry’s flipped version. I can’t think what difference the order would make.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 8:54:56 PM

How about simply rearranging TxJeans answers:

295, How do you usually prefer to pay for fuel?
• Credit/debit at the pump
• Credit/debit inside
• Cash
• Other

For the Oregon and New Jersey folks, the second answer simply would not apply to them.

[Edited by: jerry972 at 7/23/2014 8:55:18 PM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 6:44:45 AM

I am fine with this...

295, How do you usually prefer to pay for fuel?
• Cash (inside or attendant)
• Credit/debit at the pump
• Credit/debit inside
• Other

For NJ/OR, etc, they can chose at the pump if paying the attendant by credit or debit at the pump. And, overall, I don't think there will be that big a number to worry about the few pay at the pump stations that can choose other.

I don't have a big concern about the credit/debit but threw it out for discussion as I know that there is a lot of discussion between the debit / credit card groups and that many debit card users feel credit cards are evil and vice versa.

Actually maybe the choices (since we are less about the actual payment) should be:

- Pay inside
- Pay at pump
- Pay attedant
- Other

;-)
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 6:15:53 AM

New Jersey has no self service stations and as z said some stations you must go inside to pay cash. Others you can pay the attendant at the pump. Plus, there are some cash at the pump stations being tested in other places.

295, How do you prefer to pay for fuel?
• Cash at the pump
• Cash inside
• Credit/debit at the pump
• Credit/debit inside
• Other
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 6:06:19 AM

Certain stations in New Jersey you must pay inside as the attendant is not allowed to receive cash.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 12:29:04 AM

I'll agree to that.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 12:02:28 AM

I truly see no point in separating debit and credit charges — both utilize a plastic card that can be processed at the pump at many stations or processed inside. Similarly, I see no point in separating cash payments by inside/outside since outside cash payment is a rare option. For those that prefer different modes under different circumstances, let’s add ‘usually’ to the question.

295, How do you usually prefer to pay for fuel?
• Cash
• Credit/debit at the pump
• Credit/debit inside
• Other

“Other” would include a charge account, either personal or corporate, check, and gift card. The last time we discussed payment methods, someone regularly bought a gift card because it entailed a discount, then used it himself. I guess “other” could also be used for “I don’t buy fuel.”

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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:39:35 PM

"How do you prefer to pay for fuel?" - I prefer whichever is cheapest. I'll generally use a credit card if prices are the same, or cash if it gets me a lower price. A couple of times I've used a debit card when the station had a sign "debit same price as cash", but I wouldn't use one otherwise. So for me, credit and debit are definitely different.

As for "cash at the pump", keep in mind that NJ requires that an attendant pump the gas, so that could apply every place in NJ, along with any other station that has an attendant.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 6:38:10 PM

I am fine with NOT separating out debit and credit but threw it out because of many discussions about how they can be handled differently (some being treated like cash for pricing) and because I hang out also on a site where many users use credit cards but not debit cards.

Debit cards can be processed as debit or credit via different networks.

Personally, I only own one debit card and it has a $1 limit and is only used for the cvv code for transferring funds. All other transactions are with credit or cash...or getting/depositing cash via ATM with a true ATM card.


[Edited by: TxJeans at 7/22/2014 6:40:43 PM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 12:37:23 PM

New suggestion:

When do you think driverless cars will become mainstream?
- Less than 5 years from now
- 10 years from now
- 20 years from now
- Never
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 9:48:19 AM

Other could also be charge to an account with the station.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 9:46:11 AM

I don't see the need to split debit & credit. They are both card transactions.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 9:11:19 AM

I agree with ziyulu, separating credit and debit doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Even though I suspect Cash at the pump will attract 0% of the vote, I could go for scoutmaster's version of 295:

295, How do you prefer to pay for fuel?
• Cash at the pump
• Cash inside
• Credit/debit at the pump
• Credit/debit inside
• Other
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:37:55 AM

I do not agree with separating debit and credit. Sometimes debit cards process like credit card transactions.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 7:09:55 AM

If that's the case why not do this

295, How do you prefer to pay for fuel?
• Cash at the pump
• Cash inside
• Credit/debit at the pump
• Credit/debit inside
• Other

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 7/22/2014 7:10:27 AM EST]
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 7:09:10 AM

"What would "Other" be? "
Off the top of my head:
Check
Gift Card
Bitcoin (and no, I'm not familiar with any stations that currently accept Bitcoin, but there could be.)

There could be others I'm not thinking of as well, I suppose.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 7:07:13 AM

Other would be one of those rarely seen pumps that take cash at the pump?

Or we could...

• Cash
• Debit at the pump
• Credit at the pump
• Debit inside
• Credit inside

and not worry about the small number if any that are able to do cash at the pump...



[Edited by: TxJeans at 7/22/2014 7:09:42 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 5:12:12 AM

What would "Other" be?
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 12:27:31 AM

That’s 6 ‘yea’ votes on the nitrogen poll. Looks like a wrap to me.

Last week we were talking about this one when CC jumped in with JT’s poll. Is there anything else to say about it? There have been similar cash/credit polls in the past few years but none of them have addressed the matter of paying at the pump v. inside.

295, How do you prefer to pay for fuel?
• Cash
• Credit/debit at the pump
• Credit/debit inside
• Other

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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 7:00:48 PM

That version works for me, jrsva.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 12:46:32 PM

I like it as well.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 8:31:58 AM

Looks good to me as well jrsva.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 7:52:19 AM

I'm good with that jrsva.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 12:07:27 AM

OK. That would work.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 11:46:22 PM

Bugc, isn’t “not sure” close enough to “I don’t know” to serve the purpose? I think TX has hit it with his version. It is an opinion question and makes it clear that we’re asking about the future so whatever is in your tires now does not matter.

When filling or replacing the tires on your primary vehicle, would you fill them with nitrogen if it were available?
• Yes, absolutely
• Yes, depending on price
• Yes, but only if it was free
• No
• Not sure

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 7:35:34 PM

Sheesh. Nobody suggested an "I don't know" answer. Maybe even "Whatever the dealer uses" answer.

In my case, I bought tires at Costco, and reading the fine print says they use nitrogen, but I don't think I was explicitly told. I wonder whether I would even have a choice of not using nitrogen.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 6:38:26 PM

jrsva, Yes - I read what you wrote. I just don't see it that way. "would you fill the tires on your primary vehicle with nitrogen?" is a prognostication, not an opinion. "Do you think filling your tires with nitrogen is beneficial?" would be an opinion.

While "I already use nitrogen" is a different class of answer, I still think it would be interesting to see how many people selected that.

On the other hand, it wouldn't bother me if the consensus was to omit that choice.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 12:46:33 PM

Pick the one that applies the most, Z.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 11:49:01 AM

How about:

When filling or replacing your tires on your primary vehicle, would you fill the tires with nitrogen if it were available?

• Yes, absolutely
• Yes, depending on price
• Yes, but only if it was free
• No
• Not sure

[Edited by: TxJeans at 7/20/2014 11:50:43 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 11:34:51 AM

scoutmaster,

How do I answer the question given my scenario? More than one answer applies to me.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 9:00:29 AM

Maybe we could start with a factual poll. "Do you use nitrogen in the tires of any of your vehicles?" Just a thought....
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 6:58:04 AM

"For those already using nitrogen, the answer choices would apply the next time you bought tires or they needed to be re-inflated."

How is someone suppose to know that? It's not part of the question.

"Including “I already use nitrogen,” which is a factual answer, ruins the opinion question."

No it doesn't. It gives those already using nitrogen and answer to pick.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 12:23:47 AM

I totally agree with jrsva. I currently have nitrogen in my tires. If the dealership makes me pay for it the next time I have to inflate the tires, I will simply refuse and stick with regular air.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 11:44:39 PM

I wonder if Larry and Scout read my discussion of the nitrogen question. For those already using nitrogen, the answer choices would apply the next time you bought tires or they needed to be re-inflated. Including “I already use nitrogen,” which is a factual answer, ruins the opinion question. If y’all cannot agree to that then perhaps we should change the question to ask if you think inflating tires with pure nitrogen is beneficial.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 8:54:34 AM

jrsva asked:
> Why would someone else pay?

One example would be if a municipality had an air pollution problem, and thought that encouraging EV usage by providing free charging stations would be a good way to cut down on it.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 8:48:19 AM

For the nitrogen question, I agree that "I already use nitrogen" should be a choice.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 8:22:52 AM

Eliminating "I already use nitrogen" would leave out those already using nitrogen with no way to answer. I don't see the issue.

If it was available, would you fill the tires on your primary vehicle with nitrogen?
• Yes, depending on price
• Yes, but only if it was free
• I already use nitrogen
• No
• Not sure
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 8:20:36 AM

OK how's this

Should electric vehicles be able to re-charge at public facilities at no cost to the vehicle owner?

• Yes
• No
• Don't care
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 7:47:17 AM

This is a little confusing:

Should electric vehicles be able to re-charge at public facilities at no cost to the owner?

Which owner? The owner of the car or the owner of the facility?
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 7:46:41 AM

The electric car recharge question is an opinion question. One can have an opinion on it whether he/she has an electric car or not.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 1:03:02 AM


Ah, now I see where Z’s question came from – Gregg’s blog on the Nissan Leaf. Well, that is a promotion for the Leaf, so Nissan is paying for the juice. That makes perfect sense as an advertising program but free juice for any EV owner who drives up makes no sense at all.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 12:53:09 AM

For Z’s recharging poll, what constitutes a “public facility” and who would pay for the electricity used if not the vehicle owner? Why would someone else pay? I guess I just do not see what this is about.

That said, we learned last week that <1% of GB members own an EV. Is asking about recharging even relevant?

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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 12:46:54 AM

The recent discussion on the nitrogen poll got me to rethinking it. Bugc suggested changing the wording to make it an opinion question but it already is an opinion question — it asks “would you,” so the answer to that is your opinion, not a fact. However, the third answer, “I already use nitrogen,” is a factual answer which does not fit.

I understand where MyVue was coming from when she suggested it but I think Z’s response was correct — the answer choices would apply the next time you bought tires or they needed to be re-inflated. So, after all this discussion, I think it works better as it was before, with only four choices:

If it was available, would you fill the tires on your primary vehicle with nitrogen?
• Yes, depending on price
• Yes, but only if it was free
• No
• Not sure

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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 7:31:15 PM

OK how's this

Should electric vehicles be able to re-charge at public facilities at no cost to the owner?

• Yes
• No
• Don't care
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 11:57:22 AM

There is always a cost involved. Defining who should bare the cost should be part of the question.
Perhaps something like:" Should electric vehicles be able to re-charge at public facilities at no cost to the owner?" would work better.
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 11:49:08 AM

The choice " • I already use nitrogen" seems out of place as would including " I do not currently use nitrogen".
Both seem better suited for a survey question rather than an opinion question.
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 11:16:50 AM

Interesting opinion poll, ziyulu. See what you think of this slightly shorter version (with additional option):

Should electric vehicles be able to re-charge at public facilities at no cost?
• Yes
• No
• Not sure
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 10:55:18 AM

Just a reminder, in case it was missed:

I've already added the poll for next week. JT wanted to run something specific.

Thanks for your help, as always.
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