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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2015 8:12:06 PM

It would be nice if the phone # posted on gas station info worked. Click on it to call the gas station if needed.
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scoutmaster
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I think auto dialing would be a great idea! There are lots of apps that offer this.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2015 10:45:25 PM

I don't remember calling a gas station since the demise of "service" stations....or even calling the 7-11 or other convenience store. Unfortunately the opp never came back to tell us what prompted her to make the suggestion.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2015 8:30:16 PM

So you are saying we should have automated dialing added to the app? Would it be used for anything useful to the site? Or would it be used to try to collect prices without visiting stations?
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Message Posted: May 3, 2015 7:15:40 PM

think I saw an app like that on gasbuddy videos!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2015 2:11:47 PM

rumbleseat, I think you are missing the essence of the suggestion - not that the numbers be verified to be correct, but that you can (on a smartphone) click/tap on the number to have the phone place the call.

Not a bad suggestion, and something that is pretty standard in the app world.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2015 12:43:54 PM

Suggestion tracking list?
Why?
There is already a spot in the MSL for the phone number.
Do we expect somebody to phone every station in the list to ensure members are entering working phone numbers?
Or should we simply suggest anyone coming across a non-working number do what we ask for any other wrong data in the list, and correct it?
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Message Posted: May 2, 2015 5:27:08 PM

jonjax14 said it ALL !!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2015 10:50:42 AM

OK what jonjax? Or are you just posting for points?

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OK
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 6:17:13 AM

"Does anyone have a phone or app that does this for phone numbers in other apps or from web sites?"

Yup. Urbanspoon, NoWait, Church Life, MapQuest and worshipPlanning just to name a few. Great feature.
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pay out more money
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 3:40:48 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new subject. (So there!)
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2015 2:16:16 PM

TxJeans said...

//So back to the ORIGINAL post...Does anyone have a phone or app that does this for phone numbers in other apps or from web sites? Does it work well or do you get a lot of mis-dials? Would you find this useful in the gas buddy application? //

My Windows Phone 8 can automatically dial numbers - if the app lets them...
For example, I can search for a restaurant and hit their phone number - the number is automatically dialed and I can make my reservation.

I agree with Sharons429 and would like GasBuddy to have this capability as well.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 11:09:38 AM

You are very welcome scout. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 7:17:13 AM

Thanks for you assistance, TxJeans. I would expect nothing less from you.

I'll restate my last post since it WAS on topic.

GBO could implement this suggestion and I think it would be a great benefit to the site. I have been on many sites that allow dialing from them by just tapping the phone number. A couple that come to mind are Urban Spoon and NoWait. Both are apps.

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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 6:57:55 AM

You should be able to find it - and should remember it since you derailed it.
I gave you the relevant phrase from that thread, but there are many others where it has been discussed and you have taken part in the discussion.

CK is the only one that said it wasn't a suggestion for GBO since HE thought it did not require programming by GBO. Apparently it does, so presumably if he comes back he will (if not already) add it to his list. But again, why worry if it is on a list you already have said for as long as I can remember that it is worthless.

So, stop the trolling. You just want to rag on how worthless the list is but GBO has already stated that he can keep his private list as it is not official and just a list he maintains and has nothing to do with their list of enhancements.



[Edited by: TxJeans at 4/6/2015 8:01:54 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 6:54:25 AM

That's what I thought it was but hey I don't want to be accused of misunderstanding.

GBO could implement this suggestion and I think it would be a great benefit to the site. I have been on many sites that allow dialing from them by just tapping the phone number. A couple that come to mind are Urban Spoon and NoWait. Both are apps.

"Go back and read the other thread...."
Since you seem to know what topic that was, TxJeans, would you please post a link to it here.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 4/6/2015 7:56:33 AM EST]
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Sorry - THICKHEADEDNESS. I think most could figure it out.
Darn that 2 inch screen on the other device!

Again - REREAD the thread. CK thought it was not a suggestion for GBO since he understood that it was not something that required programming by GBO and thus outside their scope of influence. That has since been challenged and CK has not been back.

He also explained how he does indeed filter. (Go back and read the other thread that you and CK derailed) from which I quoted about how he filters based on HIS brain determining if it is a true suggestion. And, what does it matter to you since you have already (for a very long time) stated it is useless to you? Continuing to focus what many (but not all) have already agreed upon (that the STL is not useful) is to troll.

NOW - do you have any input on the OP's suggestion or any experience with apps that can dial phone numbers from text of phone number in an app or website location? If so, does it manage to read the phone numbers in the GBO posted station info? Do you see a need to call various stations very often?

To the OP - if there is a local station you would like to call on a regular basis for whatever reason, just add it one time to you contacts. If you have other reasons to want to be able to quick dial many different stations, maybe giving some further input will help GBO mods determine if there is a real need for GBO to add this feature (if possible with current programming backbone that exists today).

For those new to the discussion - the original post by Gas_Buddy was more or less a long version of saying that CK's list is not endorsed by GBO. It is HIS list and he should be including a disclaimer when he posts about the list that it is HIS list of what he perceives as suggestions - viable or not - just that he perceives it as a true suggestion.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 4/6/2015 7:56:32 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 6:06:33 AM

I didn't bring up CK's list! I merely mentioned CK stated all suggestions would be added to his STL and this one isn't being added. The reason doesn't matter. The OP posted a suggestion! According to CK's prior statement, this should be added to his STL.

What is neadedness?
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 5:46:33 AM

You have now reached the point of trolling...or utter thick neadedness.

CK went over this in the last thread that you turned into a discussion of CK and his list. He said that he filters based on his brain "because nobody will loan [him] their brain." And that he may have differences of opinion.

Byte-Docter explained why he wouldn't put it on his list since his understanding was it did not require a change to gasbuddy. Presumably he will or has added it based on new information since provided that indicates the is a component needed in aps for it to work. The discussion has already addressed his faulty assumption so unless he comes back to discuss his decision there is no need to keep discussing why based on the already pointed out misunderstanding of what is needed to address the original suggestion which the OP has not participated in since starting the thread.

It is a private and unofficial list that many of us ignore and you have indicated several times you think is worthless. Since the OP is not concerned if it made the list further ranting about the list without new information is just trolling. And we all know your next post will be how youNEVER troll....

So back to the ORIGINAL post...Does anyone have a phone or app that does this for pbone numers in other apps or from web sites? Does it work well or dk you get a lot of mis-dials? Wouls you find this usful in the gb app,ication?
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Let me restate - OK so not every suggestion is on the STL even though CK stated every suggestion would be on the STL. Which makes the STL even more useless.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 4:06:01 AM

OK so not everything is on the STL even though CK stated everything would be on the STL. Which makes the STL even more useless.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 8:22:50 PM

"Nothing wrong with bringing that up, TxJeans, since we are talking about CK's STL."

All I did comment that we have had this discussion before -- many times.

Byte_Doctor is right - if it is just a function of the phone, it would make sense that CK doesn't include it to HIS list as HE considers it a list of suggested changes/enhancements to gasbuddy. If it does require action by GBO to work then it would make sense to include based on how CK says he handles HIS list tracking what HE thinks are valid suggestions for GBO to consider.

Again, this is CK's list that he can do what he wants with - and not a GBO official list - it is CK's "hobby" so to speak. If some folks find it useful that is fine, as long as they realize it is not a list that GBO is considering for enhancements, but just CK's list of what ever he decides goes on it.

Now - back to the discussion about phone #s. It would be nice if the OP would come back to continue the conversation she started. Personally, I think the times I might call a gas station would be rare.
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scoutmaster wrote: "According to CK sometime back, all suggestions would be added to his STL. This is a suggestion, yet CK is not adding it even though more useless suggestions have been added to CK useless list."

Ok, my final attempt to explain this to you. By CK's own words, his list is for suggestions for the GB apps and website. Any suggestion for those GB items is included, regardless of the perceived quality of the suggestion. But it must be a suggestion for the GB app / website. A suggestion to improve Google Maps is not, by definition, appropriate for the list.

The OPs suggestion, *if* it is something that must be done by the phone rather than by the GB app, would not be a suggestion for the GB app and therefore should not be included. That was what he was saying - *if* it isn't a suggestion that can be done by the app because it must be done by the phone, it doesn't belong on the list.

If you cannot understand that, then you are even less capable of comprehension and rational thought than I gave you credit for.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 7:38:59 PM

According to CK sometime back, all suggestions would be added to his STL. This is a suggestion, yet CK is not adding it even though more useless suggestions have been added to CK useless list.
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scoutmaster wrote "Wait! I thought all suggestions, no matter how poor, were added to that useless list?"

The complete quote, in context, from CK's post is:

"Can we agree that this is a function of the phone, independent of the GBO apps' programming? Thus this cannot be classified as a GBO improvement for purposes of indexing the STL."

So if as CK was indicating the need was for the *phone* to do something differently or have additional software running, not that the GB app needed to change, then it wouldn't make sense to include it in his list.

However, since it would require a change to the GB app I imagine CK will include it, since it is in fact a GB app suggestion.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 3:39:19 PM

Nothing wrong with bringing that up, TxJeans, since we are talking about CK's STL.

Yup GBO did chime in and they did say they don't endorse the STL and I agree CK should be posting a disclaimer that says so.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 4/5/2015 4:39:28 PM EST]
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"Wait! I thought all suggestions"
We went down that road before.

"Why do you want to call the station? "
I wondered that as well. I suppose, maybe if you were running out of gas, and wanted to confirm they were actually open according to the hours posted on their website...

"The STL, and any indexing of the STL, is entirely up to you, CampKohler, and no one else. It's your list; it's a list that you created and compiled and continue to add to. It's got nothing to with Gas Buddy other than the list is based on input in Gas Buddy discussions. No one needs to say it can or cannot "be classified as a GBO improvement for purposes of indexing the STL". "

Didn't GBO weigh in and say that they did not endorse and have no involvement with this list a long time ago? I have always felt there needs to be a disclaimer when he posts about the STL. A number of newcomers have assumed it was some sort of official list.

Now - back to the OP - it would be nice if Sharon would come back and participate in the thread she started and clarify her OP.
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Wait! I thought all suggestions, no matter how poor, were added to that useless list?

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 4/5/2015 2:24:38 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 1:15:10 PM

Why do you want to call the station?
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I'm confused.
Whether the original post or the replies are or are not suggestions, what does that have to do with "Thus this cannot be classified as a GBO improvement for purposes of indexing the STL."

The STL, and any indexing of the STL, is entirely up to you, CampKohler, and no one else. It's your list; it's a list that you created and compiled and continue to add to. It's got nothing to with Gas Buddy other than the list is based on input in Gas Buddy discussions. No one needs to say it can or cannot "be classified as a GBO improvement for purposes of indexing the STL". Just index it or don't index, as you want. It's your list. We don't need need to know how or if it's classified, unless you're saying there's a reason we should be reading the list and keeping up with what's on it.

Or are you saying that Gas Buddy is actively using the list and that it's playing a developmental role for Gas Buddy, and that Gas Buddy is determining what can or cannot (what should or should not) "be classified as a GBO improvement for purposes of indexing the STL"? And that that's why you're informing people, as Gas Buddy's representative or spokesman, that "...this cannot be classified as a GBO improvement for purposes of indexing the STL."

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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 5:38:47 AM

Byte_Doctor is correct. Currently the phone number is just a piece of information about the station. Nothing more, nothing less.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2015 8:11:07 PM

"Can we agree that this is a function of the phone, independent of the GBO apps' programming?"

No. With some relevant experience with developing apps that have this functionality I can emphatically state that in most cases you must program the app in such a way that phone numbers are recognized by the phone as dialble numbers.

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 4/4/2015 9:11:43 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2015 1:51:35 PM

Can we agree that this is a function of the phone, independent of the GBO apps' programming? Thus this cannot be classified as a GBO improvement for purposes of indexing the STL.

More questions: In order for a phone-dialing app to work, would it need to be running in order for it to recognize a phone number? Would any particular number format be necessary or will any nine or seven numbers do without regard to punctuation? Do any phones have this capability built into the native phone app?

sharons: Can you press on the number and copy it to the clipboard and then paste it into your existing phone app?

[Edited by: CampKohler at 4/4/2015 2:56:06 PM EST]
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RE: "that the phone numbers be a link you can tap or click on your smartphone to dial the number automatically"

just to add, some phones may already have the ability to do this. Even my older dumb phone, when reading a TXT message, highlights anything that looks like a phone number in the TXT and gives the option to dial the number along with the option to reply to the TXT.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2015 6:36:57 AM

Scout -

GGG said "If you're suggesting that the phone numbers be a link you can tap or click on your smartphone to dial the number automatically, I think there are apps you can add to the phone that will recognize a phone number from any other text on a page and let you do that similar to how web browser add-ons will recognize an address on a page and let you send the address to a label printer or a word processor."

If I recall, for the add-on for label printer, you click the address and it goes to the label printer. So, I think the apps he is referencing would do the same as the OP is requesting, or close to it.

Does anyone use such an app that they can recommend?

[Edited by: TxJeans at 4/3/2015 7:39:34 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2015 5:18:02 AM

GGG,

I think what the OP is asking is the ability to tap on the phone number on the app and it will dial the number.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2015 2:46:05 AM

If you find a phone number that is wrong, since you have enough points to edit the Master Station List, why don't you get the correct number on your next visit to the station and update it?

If you're suggesting that the phone numbers be a link you can tap or click on your smartphone to dial the number automatically, I think there are apps you can add to the phone that will recognize a phone number from any other text on a page and let you do that, similar to how web browser add-ons will recognize an address on a page and let you send the address to a label printer or a word processor.
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