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During a book promotion, of course all the common tips on HowToAskQuestionsOnJavaRanch still apply.

But since there typically is a lot more traffic during a promotion, there are some points that are important to additionally keep in mind, or to keep a stronger focus on:

  • Please remember to SearchFirst - there are a lot of questions asked, and having the same question repeated over and over again (such as "where can I find the table of contents for the book") is just boring.
  • With the high number of posts, it's even more important to UseAMeaningfulSubjectLine. "To the author" doesn't qualify, believe me.
  • Even though it is nice to have a conversation with the author, keep in mind that you are *not* in a private conversation. It is quite valid for others to answer your question, and it is kind of impolite to suggest that you don't value answers from your co-ranchers.
  • If you have a new question, start a new thread. Hijacking a thread makes it harder to follow the conversation and isn't nice.
  • Remember that your posts should be on-topic for the forum and/or promoted book.
  • Also remember that posts which answer questions increase your chances of winning a book just as much as those which ask questions. So help other people out if you can.

  • With other words, keep in mind that it's the high quality discussions with the author and your co-ranchers that make the promotion worthwhile.
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