Q&A Guidelines

Fredd Q&A is for asking and answering questions about books. You can ask other readers questions about a specific book or you can ask an author a question about his or her work. All Reader Q&A questions are public while Ask the Author questions are visible only to the author until the author decides to answer them.

What should I ask or answer?

In general, you should ask any question that you feel will help further your understanding or appreciation of a book or your connection with an author. Here are some examples of questions we hope you’ll ask:

  • Questions about the characters in the book: “What do you think Eric was thinking when he insulted Todd in Chapter 4?”
  • Questions about the ideas in the book: “What assumptions does the section on organic farming make?”
  • Questions about the author’s background: “Have you traveled to all of the countries you write about?”
  • Questions about the author’s writing style: “There are passages in this book that remind me of Zadie Smith; has she been an influence on your writing?”
  • Questions about the content of the book: “Is Gone Girl appropriate for a precocious 13 year-old?”

What shouldn’t I ask or answer?

While we encourage a broad range of topics and styles of Q&A, posting certain types of content may result in your question or answer being removed. Do not post:

  • Questions or answers that abuse, denigrate, antagonize, or threaten readers or authors.
  • Spam or any kind of self-promotional content.
  • Questions or answers that are irrelevant to the book or author.
  • Questions and answers that use copyrighted material (with the exception of brief quotations from the book) without permission.
  • Repeated posts that make the same point unnecessarily.
  • Questions or answers that promote illegal or harmful activity.
And here are a couple of disclaimers:
  • Fredd reserves the right to remove a question or answer at any time for any reason. It is at our sole discretion and no one else’s that we decide when content is against our guidelines.
  • The questions and answers posted on Fredd are individual and subjective opinions. The opinions expressed in questions and answers are those of Fredd members and not of Fredd, Inc. We do not endorse any of the opinions expressed by our members.
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