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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 30, 2015 8:00:54 AM

How's this?

What is your average ratio of city to highway driving, excluding vacation trips?
• Mostly all city
• Mostly all highway
• 25% city / 75% highway
• 50% city / 50% highway
• 75% city / 25% highway
• I don’t drive
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2015 7:34:19 AM

I say we can get rid of "it varies" as we are asking on average.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2015 6:39:13 AM

I don't really see any changes necessary except maybe reordering the answer choices.

What is your average ratio of city to highway driving, excluding vacation trips?
• Mostly all city
• Mostly all highway
• 25% city / 75% highway
• 50% city / 50% highway
• 75% city / 25% highway
• It varies
• I don’t drive
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2015 5:52:06 AM

This was a question on the ready list. Let's make some revisions as there are too many choices.

What is your average ratio of city to highway driving, excluding vacation trips?
• Mostly all highway
• 25% city / 75% highway
• 50% city / 50% highway
• 75% city / 25% highway
• Mostly all city
• It varies
• I don’t drive
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2015 7:36:39 AM

Invincable2013, I think we have a question on the ready list for that. Once I get home, let me see if I can find it.
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Invincable2013
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2015 2:02:19 PM

If you live in a city,calculate your fuel consumption from inner city driving to highway fuel mileage.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2015 8:59:31 AM

Looks good to me also.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2015 8:31:15 AM

I like it ziyulu. Thanks.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2015 7:54:44 AM

So, this is the running out of gas question for this week. Any other revisions?

How did you most recently recover from running out of fuel?
* Never ran out of gas
* Professional roadside assistance
* Friend/family/stranger assistance
* Pushed car to station
* Walked to station
* Other
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:09:26 AM

I agree ziyulu. I like

How did you most recently recover from running out of fuel?
* Never ran out of gas
* Professional roadside assistance
* Friend/family/stranger assistance
* Pushed car to station
* Walked to station
* Other

with a follow up of

What type of roadside assistance coverage do you primarily carry?
- Membership based (ex. AAA or CAA)
- Insurance based
- Dealership based
- Service shop based (including tires)
- Other
- No roadside assistance coverage
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2015 1:10:33 AM

I would combine walk and push answers.

This is also a survey rather than opinion but I still say "recover from" sounds ackward.

Or make it really simple...

When you last ran out of gas what did you do?
* Never ran out of gas
* Phoned for help
* Just waited for good samariton/roadside assistance
* Went to get gas (walked, hitched, pushed car to station)
* Other
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2015 8:20:22 AM

Yes, but that makes the question have too many choices. We could add a follow-up question in the future:

What type of roadside assistance coverage do you primarily carry?
- Membership based (ex. AAA or CAA)
- Insurance based
- Dealership based
- Service shop based (including tires)
- Other
- No roadside assistance coverage
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2015 8:18:58 AM

I like the question and answer choices. Police/Road Rangers would fall under other.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2015 7:36:07 AM

I find the question wording ackward.

I think subscribed services (AAA, roadside service bought with your insurance, etc.) is different than police or Road Rangers funded by highway/ government or tollway systems.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2015 5:00:22 AM

Family & friends is already a choice but how about

How did you most recently recover from running out of fuel?
* Never ran out of gas
* Professional roadside assistance
* Friend/family/stranger assistance
* Pushed car to station
* Walked to station
* Other
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2015 4:35:08 AM

Give an example. How about either:

• Third Party roadside assistance (e.g. AAA)

or

• paid Roadside Assistance Program (e.g. AAA)

.

[Edited by: Martinman at 7/27/2015 4:35:20 AM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2015 12:15:40 AM

Now I think about it, roadside assistance could also include friends/family/strangers. Maybe call it professional roadside assistance?
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2015 11:27:41 PM

I agree with TxJeans
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2015 6:38:43 AM

I like this version

How did you most recently recover from running out of fuel?
* Never ran out of gas
* Roadside assistance
* Friend/family/stranger assistance
* Pushed car to station
* Walked to station
* Other
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2015 1:00:42 AM

I think we need to separate out subscribed roadside assistance such as through AAA, your insurance, onstar from public assistance such as state or other government or tollway autbority provided road rangers and police, etc.

There is a difference between a road assistance program such as AAA and getting assistance on the road from sources such as police or state troopers.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 11:52:58 PM

And looks like our poll did run. So let's further revise the running out of gas question for next week.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 11:51:46 PM

After thinking about this. I suggest we take off police since roadside assistance can be from any professional (including police).

How did you most recently recover from running out of fuel?
* Never ran out of gas
* Roadside assistance
* Friend/family/stranger assistance
* Pushed car to station
* Walked to station
* Other
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 9:36:02 PM

Roadside assistance could be through AAA or OnStar or a similar service.
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jerry972
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 7:10:50 PM

To keep the number of answers down, I have no problems with combining police and roadside assistance as ziyulu did
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 6:42:53 PM


Roadside assisance program vs city/state road rangers vs police/trooper

Police will often call for assistance for the stranded motorist

[Edited by: TxJeans at 7/25/2015 6:44:54 PM EST]
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bugc
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 3:38:39 PM

No pick-up note. If the mods did not enter our offering, it will default to last year's poll:

What is the expected price range for your next vehicle?

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Martinman
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 9:11:28 AM

While the police will stop in some states, I've never heard of an instance of them bring gas, or taking a driver to get gas. Their primary reason for stopping is to ensure you are safe.

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"I agree, but what is the difference between police and roadside assistance? Police provide roadside assistance."
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 8:06:32 AM

How about this?

How did you most recently recover from running out of fuel?
* Never ran out of gas
* Police / roadside assistance
* Friend/family/stranger assitance
* Pushed car to station
* Walked to station
* Other

[Edited by: ziyulu at 7/25/2015 8:07:06 AM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 8:03:41 AM

I agree, but what is the difference between police and roadside assistance? Police provide roadside assistance.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 7:50:19 AM

The back up is flawed...should be single question...

When you last ran out of gas what action did you take?
* Never ran out of gas
*Called roadside assistance
* Called friend or family
* Pushed car to station
* Walked / hitch hiked to station
* Waited on side of road for police/road ranger assistance
* Other
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 6:24:45 AM

To keep this on the top.

*** Moderator ***

Here is our proposed question (and backup) for next week. Please let us know which version is going to be run.

Do you usually comment or read the weekly poll discussion topic after voting?
- Comment only
- Read only
- Comment and read
- Vote only
- I don't usually vote

Backup:

Have you ever run out of fuel? If so, how did you manage to recover?
- Never ran out of gas
- Push car to service station
- Called roadside assistance
- Help from friends/family
- No outside assistance
- Other
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2015 4:28:27 AM

You are making the assumption that everyone votes - which is not the case.

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byte-dctor from akron on Jul 23, 2015 at 9:54:31 PM posted:

Sure it does.

The question asks "... after voting?"
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2015 6:13:20 AM

*** Moderator ***

Here is our proposed question (and backup) for next week. Please let us know which version is going to be run.

Do you usually comment or read the weekly poll discussion topic after voting?
- Comment only
- Read only
- Comment and read
- Vote only
- I don't usually vote

Backup:

Have you ever run out of fuel? If so, how did you manage to recover?
- Never ran out of gas
- Push car to service station
- Called roadside assistance
- Help from friends/family
- No outside assistance
- Other
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2015 6:12:27 AM

I'm sorry. At this point, I'm going to post what we have. If you saw a problem with a question, please have a revision ready. I do not see any problem with the question.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2015 9:54:31 PM

Martinman wrote: "The question as posted below, fails to address two possible actions:

1. voting and commenting
2. not participating"

Sure it does.

The question asks "... after voting?" so the first answer satisfies #1 and the last answer satisfies #2.

Z, I'm fine with both as presented.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2015 9:22:42 PM

The question as posted below, fails to address two possible actions:

1. voting and commenting
2. not participating

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Do you usually comment or read the weekly poll discussion topic after voting?
- Comment only
- Read only
- Comment and read
- Vote only
- I don't usually vote

.

[Edited by: Martinman at 7/23/2015 9:25:38 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2015 1:21:22 PM

I'm good with both.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2015 11:29:14 AM

And it has been several years since we last run one.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2015 10:54:22 AM

These look OK.

I found we also had run out-of-fuel polls as 2010#18 and 2007#44, but they were completely different.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2015 7:54:14 AM

Let's post this for next week, but we need a backup. Please revise the below backup.

Do you usually comment or read the weekly poll discussion topic after voting?
- Comment only
- Read only
- Comment and read
- Vote only
- I don't usually vote

Backup:

Have you ever run out of fuel? If so, how did you manage to recover?
- Never ran out of gas
- Push car to service station
- Called roadside assistance
- Help from friends/family
- No outside assistance
- Other
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2015 10:56:42 AM

I like it ziyulu.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2015 10:52:38 AM

It looks good. I wonder how many folks haven't noticed the poll discussion, and might not understand the question. I don't know if this will help:

Do you usually comment or read the weekly poll discussion topic after voting?
- Comment only
- Read only
- Comment and read
- Vote only
- I don't usually vote

H'mm. It is hard to comment without reading at least some discussion, but I suppose some could comment without reading much of what was previously posted.
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2015 9:47:42 AM

I think that's a good change, z.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2015 7:35:59 AM

To be clearer on what we're talking about, I suggest adding weekly.

Do you usually comment/read the weekly poll discussion after voting?
- Comment only
- Read only
- Comment and read
- Vote only
- I don't usually vote
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2015 4:05:06 PM

I think this is a good one.

Do you usually comment/read the poll discussion after voting?
- Comment only
- Read only
- Comment and read
- Vote only
- I don't usually vote
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2015 9:27:32 AM

@martinman - I took "read" as reading the comments in the discussion. In that way you may or may not "read" before you vote

@ziyulu - grammatically the question should read, "Have you ever run out of gas?"
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2015 7:21:16 AM

New suggestion based on PD's blog:

Have you ever ran out of gas? If so, how did you manage to recover?
- Never ran out of gas
- Push car to service station
- Called roadside assistance
- Help from friends/family
- No outside assistance
- Other
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2015 10:51:28 PM

Technically there are more options (with combinations) than possible choices:

• Read only
• Vote only
• Comment only
• Read/Vote
• Read/Comment
• Vote/Comment
• Read/Vote/Comment
• None of the above

It's kinda hard to vote without reading first, so I think the "Read/Vote" option can be eliminated.

While it's also kinda hard to comment without reading first, there are those individuals that post simply for points (e.g. "ok" posters). But they're also likely to vote just for points as well, so I think the "Read/Comment" option can be eliminated, but "Vote/Comment" is appropriate.

I think the last option needs to be worded differently. How does "I don't usually vote" not include members who "Read only" / "Comment only", or "Read/Comment". But members who usually do not "participate" would be unique, in that all other options involve participating.

• Read only
• Vote only
• Comment only
• Vote & Comment
• Read/Vote/Comment
• I don't usually participate

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2015 5:39:53 AM

The only problem with bugc's version is that there are some who do not vote often. Also there are people who read the discussion but don't vote.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2015 7:12:37 PM

Do you usually comment/read the poll discussion after voting?
- Comment only
- Read only
- Comment and read
- Vote only
- I don't usually vote
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2015 2:16:00 PM

I'm good with that ziyulu.
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