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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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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2016 8:05:06 AM

We're going to try to run this again for this week.

Should the USA and Canada import more low-cost oil and postpone developing high-cost sources?

• Yes
• No
• Don't know / no opinion
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bugc
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2016 3:53:44 AM

Right now there is a default list from a year ago. The loading of poll questions from this default list has been fully developed and tested.

If we were able to submit new polls for loading into this default list whenever the poll is ready, we would never have a problem. The list could be set up well in advance and not need an administrator to attend to it manually on Friday.

I expect TPTB wants to load the new poll on Friday to allow last minute changes, when a special need arises. This should be an extremely rare requirement.

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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2016 12:39:53 AM

We could ask if posting it Thursday rather than Friday would make any difference.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2016 8:50:37 PM

Ah. I see, it is intended as a direct tax on every barrel of crude produced or imported into the US. Today, that proposal would amount to a 33% tax per barrel. And I found this phrase from the article frankly laughable: "It's different from a gas tax in that it will be paid for by the oil companies,". Someone appears to have failed basic economics.

Anyway, as to using it as a poll question, I suppose it is OK. I think I'd prefer re-attempting last week's poll, or this one we discussed a couple of weeks back:

What overall effect do you think the decline in oil and fuel prices is having on the economy?

- Overall positive effect
- Overall negative effect
- No significant effect
- Don't know / no opinion

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 2/7/2016 8:51:00 PM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2016 6:05:39 PM

I think Ziyulu was was proposing the poll based on an article in newsville showing on the home page.

Here is a different article that might be more informative than the one in newsville
Obama proposal
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2016 3:18:41 PM

I'm a bit unclear on what the proposed poll is asking. Crude is already taxed in many ways, just like any other product. Did you by chance mean imposing a tariff (a duty imposed on import or export of a product)?

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 2/7/2016 3:18:55 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2016 12:22:12 PM

I agree, ziyulu. I think having the poll ready on Thursday might help eliminate this problem. I also like your suggestion for our next poll.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2016 7:53:21 AM

I suggest when we have it ready, we post it on Thursday and again on Friday. I don't know if posting on Thursday will do any good as they may not check on Thursday and still forget to pick it up on Friday (or not properly enter it to the system, or whatever happens), but it can't hurt.

It seems to happen more often lately than when I first started participating in the polls, but maybe that is just perception and not reality.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2016 7:39:23 AM

New suggestion based on recent events:

Do you support a national tax on crude oil?
- Yes
- No
- No opinion

I did not mention the $10 proposed tax in the U.S. in the question so that we can include our Canadian friends.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2016 7:36:31 AM

I wonder if we should have the moderator pick up the polls on Thursday.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2016 6:24:21 AM

Yeah and no explanation either.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2016 12:24:51 AM

...and the "red-light cameras" poll from a year ago was repeated.

We can try this one again next week.
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2016 9:28:25 PM

Great. No news from the moderator.
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2016 8:02:47 AM

*** Moderator ***

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

Should the USA and Canada import more low-cost oil and postpone developing high-cost sources?

• Yes
• No
• Don't know / no opinion
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2016 10:33:53 AM

"I feel we should try to include our Canadian brethren in all the polls we develop. "

I disagree - limiting our poll choices to those that directly include "our Canadian brethren" as you put it is like the tail wagging the dog.

The Strategic Oil Reserve poll question is a good, timely poll, and not running it just because it doesn't include Canada somehow is simply ludicrous.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2016 7:39:29 AM

When the U.S. expands its Strategic Oil Reserve, it might use oil imported from Canada, so I think this question is very appropriate.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2016 5:08:02 AM

I feel we should try to include our Canadian brethren in all the polls we develop.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2016 4:29:22 AM

I am fine with it as a new poll rather than replacement. I just like this one better than the other and their was concern expressed about them being too similar. In which case we can separate them by a couple of weeks if we come up with something else in the meantime to post between the two.

I actually think posting these back to back would be fine.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2016 12:15:34 AM

I don't believe that Canada has a strategic oil reserve. (They do have a Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve...)

There's no reason that our friends to the North couldn't have an opinion on whether or not the USA should do this.

I like the proposal as a new poll (rather than as a replacement for the one we just agreed upon).
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2016 11:57:24 PM

I like bugc's new one even better.

As far as the Canadians, there will be some that complain that it excludes them, but others will realize that anyone in the world could have an opinion on what the US should do. Yeah, life isn't always fair...
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2016 4:50:11 PM

A similar poll proposal. Maybe too similar:

Should the USA expand its strategic oil reserve stockpile while the prices remain low?

• Yes
• No
• Don't know / no opinion

(And what does this subject do for Canadians?)
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2016 4:41:06 PM

I good with it ziyulu.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2016 9:27:45 AM

We will run this next week. Any further comments?

Should the USA and Canada import more low-cost oil and postpone developing high-cost sources?

• Yes
• No
• Don't know / no opinion
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2016 7:34:48 AM

I am fine with the latest, and agree that "new" is not needed, but for other reasons ;-)
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2016 3:12:34 AM

OK. That would work.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2016 12:48:34 AM

I like ziyulu's latest; I agree that 'new' is unnecessary.

bugc - we're just expressing an opinion; nobody expects that the oil companies will act based on the results of the poll. :-)

Should the USA and Canada import more low-cost oil and postpone developing high-cost sources?

• Yes
• No
• Don't know / no opinion
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2016 8:29:05 PM

The whole premise is pretty shaky. The oil companies are the ones who decide to take the risk to explore for new sources. The original cited article is from an economist maybe giving advice to the oil industry.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2016 1:51:07 PM

I put the new with it being "new sources" with "high-cost" just describing the type of new sources. Not "new technology".

Anyone good at diagramming sentences? :-D
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2016 8:26:07 AM

I would get rid of "new". A high-cost development is not necessarily new technology.

Should the USA and Canada import more low-cost oil and postpone developing high-cost sources?

-Yes
-No
-Don't know
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2016 5:08:59 AM

How about

Should the USA and Canada import more low-cost oil and postpone developing new high-cost sources?

-Yes
-No
-Don't know
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2016 2:35:43 AM

I still like bugc's suggestion.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2016 10:25:15 PM

What if we decide to revise the question to the following?

Do you think the U.S. and Canada should continue to increase/decrease imports?
- Increase
- Decrease
- Maintain current status
- No opinion
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2016 12:20:10 AM

Sorry bugc on the auto correct error...Dang mini phone.

But I agree totally with you. There are times when granularity in the question and answers is needed and times when less is more...

This is a case of less is more. No need to define low cost.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 2/1/2016 12:24:32 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2016 9:43:10 PM

One feature of an "Opinion Poll" is that it incorporates one's opinion of the terminology used and the intent of the question.
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2016 6:45:44 PM

Great point ziyulu. Low cost could mean something different to everyone. Low cost in one part of the country could be high cost in another.
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2016 5:48:40 PM

I like buck's suggestion...and since it ran opinion question I think we can let folks determine for themselves the context. It would be too hard to get specific and would probably end up with push back on any arbitrary definition.
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2016 9:55:28 AM

I like bugc's suggestion but there are a few uncertainties. What is the definition of low-cost?
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2016 8:10:49 PM

Maybe we can paraphrase this news article and ask a question like:

Should we import more low-cost oil and postpone developing new high-cost sources?

-Yes
-No
-Don't know
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2016 8:11:08 AM

Let's run this next:

What overall effect do you think the decline in oil and fuel prices is having on the economy?

- Overall positive effect
- Overall negative effect
- No significant effect
- Don't know / no opinion
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2016 8:10:37 AM

Thank you, CC. We appreciate your support.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2016 3:07:10 PM

Entered. Thank you!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2016 8:12:03 AM

*** Moderator ***

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

What comes next...crude oil at $20 per barrel or $40?
- $20
- $40
- No opinion
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2016 4:11:57 PM

I'm good with that.
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2016 7:10:53 AM

We will run this question for next week:

What comes next...crude oil at $20 per barrel or $40?
- $20
- $40
- No opinion
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2016 7:56:29 AM

I am fine with:What comes next...crude oil at $20 per barrel or $40?
- $20
- $40
- No opinion

It is a true opinion question and does not rely on the price ever actually hitting exactly $20 or $40.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 1/27/2016 7:58:51 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2016 7:40:23 AM

We should not put "Price other than $20 or $40" because the price will pass $20 or $40 sometime in the future. We are asking which is first.

What comes next...crude oil at $20 per barrel or $40?
- $20
- $40
- No opinion
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2016 12:45:56 AM

I like ziyulu's tweak (specifying barrel of *what*) to bugc's suggestion.

I agree that "Price other than $20 or $40" doesn't work.

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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2016 12:28:46 AM

SM, I follow what you are thinking, but the price will unlikely never be exactly $20 or $40 except momentarily. Therefore "Price other than $20 or $40" will nearly always be true and is not a workable answer.

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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2016 5:32:27 PM

How about

What comes next...crude oil at $20 per barrel or $40?
- $20
- $40
- Price other than $20 or $40
- No opinion
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2016 7:18:28 AM

I like that, bugc. We will need to run it this week as it is still timely.

What comes next...crude oil at $20 per barrel or $40?
- $20
- $40
- No opinion
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2016 4:50:49 AM

This GasBuddy article asks "What comes next... $20 per barrel or $40?"

A natural opinion poll question.....

What comes next... $20 per barrel or $40?
- $20
- $40
- no opinion

[Edited by: bugc at 1/26/2016 4:51:50 AM EST]
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