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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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SUVFan
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Message Posted: May 3, 2016 12:19:21 PM

A similar question to price increase question was asked in http://www.columbusgasprices.com/Past_polls.aspx?poll_id=493http://www.columbusgasprices.com/Past_polls.aspx?poll_id=493:

What factor do you think impacts fuel prices the most? (Discuss)
Supply and demand 14%
OPEC policy 6%
Other geopolitical issues 2%
Market speculation 45%
Oil industry profit motives 24%
Government policies 5%
Another factor (explain in the discussion) 1%

As you can see, speculation by itself was the highest vote getter. Oil industry profit motives (i.e., "Greed") came in second. The proposed poll combines those into a single answer, which I think would be a mistake based on the results from 6 years ago.

That poll also had supply and demand as a stand alone, but for accuracy, I'd rather see it called, "Other supply/demand factors" to remove the duplicity.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2016 12:17:26 PM

Yes, what about refinery maintenance or refinery downtime for whatever reason? I'd expect these would fall into either supply and demand or Greed/profit/speculation.
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would you ever consider an electric car?
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: May 3, 2016 7:46:09 AM

What about refinery maintenance?
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Message Posted: May 2, 2016 4:11:25 PM

What about an answer for

• It's Obama's fault

[Edited by: Zimcity at 5/2/2016 4:11:44 PM EST]
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Message Posted: May 2, 2016 3:01:43 PM

Is Middle East unrest still a problem today?
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Message Posted: May 2, 2016 11:07:21 AM

10-4 to the latest version.
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bugc
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Message Posted: May 2, 2016 10:23:54 AM

I'm OK with that.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2016 4:52:47 AM

I'm good with

What do you think is the main reason gasoline prices have gone up recently?
• Economics / supply and demand
• Government policy
• Wars / terrorism / Middle East unrest
• Greed / profit / speculation
• Price fixing by OPEC
• Other / Don't know
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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 5:17:36 PM

"I don't think that's necessary to think of the profit/greed item as being part of the supply/demand item."

I think you misunderstood me. I was saying that "Summer driving season" is the same as "Economics / supply and demand" but from a certain perspective, you could say that "Summer driving season" is the same as "Greed/profit/speculation" instead - but both perspectives mean that "Summer driving season" is covered by one of the other options and needn't be there as a separate choice.

With the suggestions thus far, that would make the poll:

What do you think is the main reason gasoline prices have gone up recently?
• Economics / supply and demand
• Government policy
• Wars / terrorism / Middle East unrest
• Greed / profit / speculation
• Price fixing by OPEC
• Other / Don't know

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 5/1/2016 5:18:00 PM EST]
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bugc
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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 2:38:29 PM

This is certainly a true opinion poll. I have no idea what the answer is. I think we need an IDK answer or combine it as

• Other/ I don't know
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 2:24:47 PM

Byte_Doctor, though I am commonly a cynic, I don't think that's necessary to think of the profit/greed item as being part of the supply/demand item. Speculators create demand with the short run supply fixed, prices tend to go up in the absence of other factors. The production of summer blends is another factor. That may be covered by government policy I suppose, but I don't know how many would think of it like that? Wars & terrorism also effect the underlying economic factors, as they reduce the supply, impacting prices higher.

I'm liking the concept but wondering if we can borrow from a previous question. I'll try to research it and get back here.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 2:16:33 PM

"Summer driving season" is the same as "Economics / supply and demand" - or, if you are cynical, it is the same as "Greed/profit/speculation".

"Price fixing by OPEC", however, would be a reasonable addition.

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 5/1/2016 2:16:50 PM EST]
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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 2:10:09 PM

Thanks ziyulu.

Let's see what the others have to tweak this...

What do you think is the main reason gasoline prices have gone up recently?
• Economics / supply and demand
• Government policy
• Wars / terrorism / Middle East unrest
• Greed/profit/speculation
• summer driving season
• Other
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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 1:45:57 PM

Oops. I meant shop not ship. My bad. Sorry. And I sure most people realized that.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 5/1/2016 1:46:19 PM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 12:02:26 PM

Maybe include a "summer driving season" answer choice?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 12:02:06 PM

Good point. Let's revise this question for next week. This was on the ready list. Since gas prices have gone up recently, we should revise the set of answer choices:

What do you think is the main reason gasoline prices have gone up recently?
• Economics / supply and demand
• Government policy
• Wars / terrorism / Middle East unrest
• Greed/profit/speculation
• Other

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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 7:47:16 AM

I agree that it is not important to include "to increase ship business".

I don't usually take my ship in for repairs or maintenance.

Do whatever you all want. Personally, I think we should put it on a shelf and not talk about it for a few weeks and then revisit it, but if you all like it as either scout or bug posted, go for it.

We often pull things off the shelf after they marinate a bit and have better clarity and come up with either a better question, better set of answers, new spin off question/s or better agreement on the originally shelved item.]

[Edited by: TxJeans at 5/1/2016 7:48:10 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: May 1, 2016 6:18:59 AM

How about

When taking your primary vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has unnecessary work ever been recommended?

- Seldom or never
- A few times (occasionally)
- Frequently
- I don't know
- N/A

I think we drop "to increase ship business". Who cares why and we really don't know why.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 10:38:27 PM

Better :-)
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 10:36:45 PM

Yes, "suggested" could be a weak word. Is "advised" any better?

When taking your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has unneeded work been advised in order to increase shop business?

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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 9:04:40 PM

Yes, I see your point, TxJ. Maybe something like this:

When taking your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has unneeded work been suggested in order to increase shop business?
- Seldom or never
- A few times (occasionally)
- Frequently
- I don't know
- N/A

As for your oil change at 3000 miles example, if it is a shorter interval than that specified in the owners manual, I would consider it to be unneeded. However we are leaving the interpretation of "unneeded" up to the judgement of the respondent, and there is the IDK out for those who truly have no idea.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 8:48:38 PM

You are still missing the point...

Something you might decide is not needed but is not unreasonable for the service rep to "suggest" you might want done, vs telling you something that is definitely not needed is needed.

Are we going after disagreement in service schedules? Aggressive up-sales or out and out fraud by telling you that you need X replaced when it doesn't need replacing.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 7:28:52 PM

Not needed and unnecessary mean the same thing.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 6:27:49 PM

You are still missing my point -

More being told something unnecessary vs being told something is NEEDED that is not needed...

There are a lot of folk that still adhere to the oil change every 3,000, and many that feel it is not needed. Suggesting an oil change is one thing, telling you that you need it is another (just one example, and maybe not the best).
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 2:56:43 PM

Another thought....

Is it reasonable to suspect that unnecessary work is more likely to be suggested by a dealer service department than by other shops? How to address the type of shop?
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 1:49:14 PM

I like bugc's revision. It addresses the whole "felt vs believe" dispute quite handily. As TxJeans said, we've been going 'round in circles like a record goes 'round, 'round, 'round.

Do you think that unnecessary work is suggested when you take your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance?
- Seldom or never
- A few times (occasionally)
- Frequently
- I don't know
- N/A

[Edited by: vgrewe at 4/30/2016 1:51:16 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 12:42:43 PM

Maybe we need to work on improving the question, Here's a try at a revision:

Do you think that unnecessary work is suggested when you take your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance?
- Seldom or never
- A few times (occasionally)
- Frequently
- I don't know
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 10:21:55 AM

I think felt is just fine.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 9:02:34 AM

Believed doesn't address the problem.

I say we put it on the shelf for a week or three and then come back and look at it with FRESH eyes. We are going in circles right now.

There is a difference of suggesting something you might not feel needed - Say 3,000 mile oil change - some might feel needed, others might not feel needed for a longer distance depending on driving conditions, etc. and telling you that you need XYZ which you (but some little old lady) know is not NEEDED at this time.

Disagreement in service schedules
Aggressive up-sale
Fraudulent service suggestions

What are we trying to determine?

Bu I will leave it up to you all if you want to push it through.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 4/30/2016 9:08:54 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 8:55:52 AM

What if we change "felt" to "believed"?
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2016 7:53:01 AM

Are we going with this on next week or do we need to discuss "felt" some more?

When taking your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has work been suggested that you felt was unnecessary?

- Yes
- No
- I don't know
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2016 1:45:07 PM

Why not include "minor repair/maintenance"?
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2016 1:37:23 PM

Entered. Thank you.
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2016 7:24:58 AM

*** Moderator ***

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

In the next six months, what type of service do you expect to be necessary for your primary vehicle?

- Major repair
- Major maintenance
- None of the above
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2016 7:44:34 AM

I'm sorry. It's early in the morning. Yes, I meant to run this one for next week:

In the next six months, what type of service do you expect to be necessary for your primary vehicle?

- Major repair
- Major maintenance
- None of the above
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2016 6:32:17 AM

ziyulu - your post is a little confusing.

You say most like this version (after scoutmaster's post) but don't list which version of the question and then suggest we look at the unnecessary maintenance next week.

I assume you are suggesting running this one Sunday? As it seems to be most finished.

In the next six months, what type of service do you expect to be necessary for your primary vehicle?

- Major repair
- Major maintenance
- None of the above
- N/A

As for the "unnecessary" one, I would put it aside for a week or two and then come back with fresh eyes. I think it has traction, but sometimes we need to walk away from it for a while and then when we come back we have fresh ideas. Look at how we have improved ones that were on the "ready" list when we bring them back up for review before posting. Some of those have totally morphed to a much better version when we looked at them with fresh eyes, not tired eyes from discussing them two weeks in a row.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 4/28/2016 6:35:07 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2016 6:23:14 AM

It appears that this version is liked by most of us, so let's post this for next week. On the unnecessary maintenance question, let's try to look at it more the next week.

When taking your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has work been suggested that you felt was unnecessary?

- Yes
- No
- I don't know
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2016 4:50:10 AM

I like this for this week

When taking your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has work been suggested that you felt was unnecessary?

- Yes
- No
- I don't know
- N/A

And I like this version of this question for the future.

In the next six months, what type of service do you expect to be necessary for your primary vehicle?

- Major repair
- Major maintenance
- None of the above
- N/A

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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2016 4:46:01 PM

Of all the choices, I like "knew".
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2016 4:32:03 PM

I like your version, ziyulu.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2016 4:03:21 PM

I like "knew" the best...

Still are we trying to determine if just not wanted, or not needed (as in pushing to get service not really needed compared to possibly recommended as common practice but something that some would decline or push out to a later time).

Are we looking for somewhat overzealous or cautious vs true fraudulent or aggressive up-sale type recommendations?
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2016 3:50:17 PM

When taking your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has work been suggested that you <felt> was unnecessary?

believed
considered
knew
thought
determined
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2016 10:37:10 AM

I, too, like scoutmaster's version:
In the next six months, what type of service do you expect to be necessary for your primary vehicle?

- Major repair
- Major maintenance
- None of the above
- N/A

I'm not fond of "felt"

When taking your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has work been suggested that you felt was unnecessary?

- Yes
- No
- I don't know
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2016 8:05:16 AM

I think this one with scoutmaster's change is good for posting:
In the next six months, what type of service do you expect to be necessary for your primary vehicle?

- Major repair
- Major maintenance
- None of the above
- N/A

I am still not on board with:

When taking your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has work been suggested that you felt was unnecessary?

- Yes
- No
- I don't know
- N/A

I don't like the word "felt" for one. Some shop could suggest a service or repair that I don't feel is necessary but might be pretty standard (read as accepted practice) that I don't feel is necessary at this time. This is different than someone pushing an unneeded transmission service by bringing around a little white "dish" with a little transmission fluid that you don't know if even came from your vehicle (or know didn't), or other such service. I was at an unnamed shop in Tampa Bay. The parents were honest and built a great honest reputation. When they retired and passed the business to their BMW/Mercedes driving brats, the service changed. I sat their and watched them with the same "service du jour" to the little old ladies and anyone that looked like they would do any service suggested.

The first time the service I was offered was "questionable" and I didn't notice the pattern. I gave the place the benefit of the doubt based on past service but the second time my radar was active and it was very apparent what they were doing.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to come up with new wording - "unnecessary" is too weak, and "fraudulent" might be too strong....I would like to suggest putting this one on the shelf a few weeks till closer to folks prepping vehicles for summer travel and bring it out and see if a fresh look will improve it.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 4/27/2016 8:06:13 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2016 7:42:59 AM

Are we running this version for next week?

When taking your vehicle in for repairs or maintenance, has work been suggested that you felt was unnecessary?

- Yes
- No
- I don't know
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2016 7:41:47 AM

I like scoutmaster's latest version:

In the next six months, what type of service do you expect to be necessary for your primary vehicle?

- Major repair
- Major maintenance
- None of the above
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2016 4:51:57 AM

If we go with bugs's suggestion I think the question needs to be changed

In the next six months, what type of service do you expect to be necessary for your primary vehicle?

- Major repair
- Major maintenance
- None of the above
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2016 10:37:44 PM

My preference is:

In the next six months, do you expect major service to be necessary for your primary vehicle?
- Major repair
- Major maintenance
- None of the above
- N/A
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2016 4:41:11 PM

How about

In the next six (6) months, do you expect major service to be necessary for your primary vehicle?

> Yes
> No
> I don't know
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2016 12:18:45 PM

Do we really need the (6)? Is six months a reasonable interval? Possibly a year? Is major service the same as a major service item? How about:

In the next six months, do you expect major service to be necessary for your primary vehicle?
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