The IAmA (as in I am a _____, Ask Me Anything) Community is a place on Reddit where a new kind of crowdsourced interview can happen, which we call an Ask Me Anything.
The interviewee begins the process by starting a post, describing who they are and what they do. Then commenters from across the internet leave questions and can vote on other questions according to which they would like to see answered.
The interviewee can go through and reply to the questions they find interesting, and easily see those questions the internet is dying to have the answer too.
Because the internet is asking the questions, they're going to be a mix of serious and lighthearted, and you'll find yourself sharing all kinds of things you won't find in a normal interview.
Anyone can do an Ask Me Anything. The topic of the AMA must meet the rules below, and you must provide proof of the claims you are making.
Ask Me Anything topics fall into two categories:
The prime example of this is a person's job; posts about someone's occupation are almost always allowed. This rule exists because we want a person's topic to be something that they know thoroughly and is important to them; this gives them more to discuss and a more thorough background in the field.
The quintessential example used for this is "I just climbed Mount Everest." It's an activity that doesn't play a central role in someone's life but is so uncommon that the users would not have experiences of their own to relate to it.
AMA's are not allowed for any of the following topics.
This includes: Your day, your girlfriend, being bored or drunk, weight loss, your opinion on something, your gender identity, your religion, or your psychiatric disorders, needing sympathy or support, etc.
Stories about fetishes, abuse, addiction, relationships, sexual behaviors, and sexuality are usually unprovable.
These are only allowed if it can be objectively determined that the activity is a significant portion of your life, using factors such as income received, time devoted to it, uniqueness and level of creativity, and outside attention it gets. Also consider /r/InternetAMA. Being the face of a meme or famous on Reddit doesn't qualify you for an AMA unless you've made it your job.
AMA submitters that include crowdfunding campaign links must be eligible for an AMA without the campaign for it to be allowed. Additionally, the focus of the AMA must not be the campaign, and the campaign must be fully funded. If the campaign has not reached its goal, it is deemed an advertisement and will be removed. The final decision on eligibility rests with the moderators. IAmA is not your advertising platform.
If you want to post about where you live, your post should go in /r/ILiveIn. However, if your location makes you witness to specific current events that you can discuss (for example: I live in Kabul and have witnessed the war in Afghanistan firsthand), then it will be an acceptable topic, but please make sure to include that in your title.
AMAs should be about something you have already done. Something you plan to do, a product you plan to release, and similar topics will be an acceptable AMA after you have done them/
Discussion about suicide will be removed and directed to /r/suicidewatch. This isn't meant to be hurtful, it's a well-researched fact that open discussion of this type has a measurable impact on increasing suicide rates when it's not regulated. /r/suicidewatch is a community that can better handle this.
If you're related to someone famous, by all means, encourage your family member to do an AMA and help them. But it's not a sufficient AMA topic to be simply related to someone famous.
Please don't submit a post just to "see if there's interest." There will be, you should do the AMA.
Please limit yourself to one AMA per user, per topic, per 3 month period. If you are repeatedly submitting the same AMA every three months to promote your business, moderators reserve the right to remove the AMA. This is not your personal advertising platform.
Giveaways are not permitted on IAmA. Contests and giveaways already running on a third party site prior to the AMA are acceptable
Go to the IAmA subreddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/
In order to post your thread, you must “submit a link”. On the top right of the IAmA page, you can see three buttons, one of which is a blue button titled “Submit an AMA”. Or you can click here: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/submit
Now you’ll need to fill out your thread.
TITLE: "Hi, I’m XXX. Ask me anything!" Feel free to elaborate and/or personalize.
TEXT: This is the additional content/information that redditors will see once they enter the thread. Include promotional information, more details about who you are, etc. This is also a good place to put your proof (please include a link to a Twitter page, an image with a sign saying “Hi” to reddit, a Facebook post link, etc.) More information on proof here.
Please don't use link shorteners here, the Reddit spam filter will remove your post.
Hit Submit, and you are ready to go!
The moderators suggest that you Submit your AMA no more than 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled AMA time. This is more than enough time for redditors to start populating the thread with questions. Then, when you’re ready to start, you can jump right into answering questions.
Go back to the new queue of the main IAmA subreddit page to see that your thread is live: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/new
Click your live link thread when you’re ready to start answering questions. Hopefully, there will be questions waiting for you.
When you see a question in the thread look directly below it and hit “reply”. That will allow you to answer that person’s question directly and your answer will fall directly below it.
Continue this process throughout the thread. You can answer whichever questions you’d like and you can ignore any that you don’t want to respond to.
Once you’ve completed your AMA you can hit the edit button underneath the intro text area to leave a sign-off message.
If you have an existing fanbase, are a celebrity, or are an otherwise particularly notable or interesting person, you may be eligible for a spot on the IAmA sidebar calendar. If you're interested in applying for a spot, please pick a date and time for the AMA and be prepared to provide proof. Then navigate to the following link and fill out the application form:
Sure. People often want to conduct an IAmA in a small specialized subreddit where they can interact with their fans. That's no problem. You're free to raise awareness of it by posting in /r/IAmA, but you have to do it in a specific way so that people know that the questions will be answered elsewhere. Your headline should indicate who the person is and where the AMA will be taking place.
All cross-posts must contain [Crosspost] or [xpost] in the title. Crossposts will be automatically locked by AutoMod to ensure questions are asked in the correct AMA thread.
Furthermore, cross-posts of AMAs that would not be allowed in /r/IAmA in the first place are not allowed, so make sure the AMA meets our standards of acceptable topics.
Our most important rule to consider when looking to do an AMA about your new project is that your project must be complete, funded, and have a finished product.
If you have any questions about these rules or want to double-check your eligibility, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sure, just tweet at us @reddit_ama or tag our Reddit IAMA Facebook or Instagram pages and we'd be happy to share.
Only you know what you have available to prove who you are. Our users want to be sure that you are actually telling the truth, so whatever you have that will convince the readers is great. We prefer that the proof is posted publicly whenever possible so that the users can decide how credible it is.
There are two proof standards:
Public proof is proof a reasonable person would believe validates your claim.
Private verification with the moderators requires unequivocal proof your claim is true. You can submit private proof to moderators using our website. This will require you to authenticate with your reddit account to keep account information associated with the proof.
In order to validate your proof it must:
Simply linking to a normal Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social media page is not sufficient
Under NO circumstances should you use our confidential proof submission systems to submit illegal, classified, or otherwise legally problematic material. We don't want it, and are obligated to report criminal activity.
If your proof must remain confidential, you may submit it for confidential moderator verification. Please be prepared to send tangible documentation sufficient to meet an unequivocal proof standard.
Moderators may ask for more proof if they deem it necessary.
You can submit private proof to moderators using our website.
This will require you to authenticate with your reddit account to keep account information associated with the proof.
Comments will be removed under a few circumstances:
Users attempting to bypass the rules by adding a ? to a nonquestion will be permanently banned from the subreddit.
A subreddit or other website organizing and voting for a group comment/question is considered to be vote cheating and is subject to removal. It is a violation of the rules of reddit and risks a sitewide ban.
Questions must be directed toward the individual(s) doing the IAMA.
Under our policies, astroturfing is the practice of an individual or group of individuals who plant questions in an IAmA post for a particular purpose. This kind of behavior will result in a permanent ban from /r/IAmA.
You should vote on AMA posts based on:
Whether the OP has interesting information or experiences, regardless of your personal opinion of that person or their experiences. The Westboro Baptist Church is a good example; even if you vehemently disagree with their viewpoint, they still have a very uncommon perspective to share. Downvoting the OP because you disagree with them will only result in an undesirable atmosphere and will likely end up with OP ending the AMA early, or not put effort into answering questions. Rather than downvoting, which just hides the comment from being seen by anyone, offer a reply with your reasoned thoughts. This way, you can open a dialogue with OP and potentially debate the differing points of view.
Upvote for providing proof in the post. If there is no proof, ask for it! If the OP ignores requests for proof, or just dismisses it, then report it to the mods.
Once it has started, how they are responding to questions overall. If you feel that they are only here to plug a product and didn’t take the time to interact with the community, then feel free to downvote it.
You should vote on an OP’s comments based on:
If you disagree with the OP’s opinion, offer a reply with your reasoned thoughts. This way, you can open a dialogue with op and potentially debate the differing points of view. This is much better than downvoting, which just hides the comment from being seen by anyone and makes the AMA harder to navigate.
Requests for an AMA should be submited to r/IAmARequests, not here on r/iama.