Originally posted by Marilyn de Queiroz:
First, I think that it is common for contests to exclude past winners, at least for a period of time.
Second, I think that although a certain percentage of people might change their name/address, I think that percentage is very, very small and would be easily detectable.
Third, I think that they would quickly run out of valid addresses to ship the book to without giving themselves away. And if the "past winners exclusion rule" is for a short period of time, they wouldn't gain much anyway. They might have a lot to lose if they were caught and permanently excluded. Perhaps we could add a rule that a person could not win a book more frequently than -- oh, say, once a month?
[ November 17, 2003: Message edited by: Marilyn de Queiroz ]
What I want to say is that why a person wants to waste his/her time on posting a thousand of messages just to win a book... Instead of wasting time on posting like that, why don't we read a book and get knowledge from it? I guess we(most of us) are programmers(earn pretty high salary) and I do believe that it's not a burden to buy a book with our own money...
And if it ever becomes a problem where someone is posting thousands of messages to win a book then perhaps we will do something about it. As far as the problem you are talking about, I don't see it as a problem. If someone posts a link as an answer, that doesn't mean the author can't post!
Originally posted by Dani Mazzuca:
It is not about complaining. It is just about calling the community attention to some problem occurring during promotional days, and giving suggestions to improve it.
Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
6) You can forget anything that involves authors choosing winners. it just is not going to happen. We can barely get some authors to participate. Asking them to do more work that isn't directly related to promoting their book is a waste of time.
7) Why would I want to set up a separate forum to talk with the authors? That is the purpose of the promotion!
So let's go on with the same selection process and have fun!!! The Ranch is for studying and fun, not for arguing...