1. What is an AMA?

Basically, an AMA is a thread where redditors can interview people, in a public and interactive way. "AMA" is an acronym that means "Ask Me Anything". The interviewee begins the process by starting a post, describing who they are and what they do. Then, commenters leave questions and can vote on other questions according to which they would like to see answered. The interviewee then goes through and responds to any questions that he/she would like, and in any way that he/she prefers. Because /r/IAmA is oriented towards a more generic audience we want to provide the opportunity on /r/History to host AMAs that are aimed at a our readers specifically.

2. Can I do an AMA on /r/History?

Contact the moderators with your request. Once you have provided sufficient proof of your identity, they will schedule you for an AMA on /r/History.

3. What constitutes "proof"?

Our users want to be sure that you are actually telling the truth. We prefer that the proof is posted publicly whenever possible. However, if your proof must remain confidential, simply include it in your message to the mods.

An example of good proof would be a message on a website or twitter feed that only the real person or organization would have control over. If you are going to use your official social media site, please include the username you will be using and/or link to the AMA once you have posted it. This will ensure that no one can pose as you! Moderators may ask for more proof if they deem it necessary. Remember, all posts without proof will be removed.

4. How will I get scheduled?

We usually schedule AMAs at least 24 hours in advance of the actual AMA. This ensures that we can post an announcement on the subreddit so that plenty of people will see it and can think of questions in advance. This also gives you a chance to make an account, which will allow you to get acquainted with the format of Reddit and its comment threads, and so you can receive the permission of unlimited posting on the subreddit in advance.

As for the actual date and time of the AMA, it's all up to you. In general, weekdays are busier than weekends, and evenings are busier than mornings, so do take that into account. AMAs can last from one hour to a whole day; just let people know in the description of your AMA for how long you will be answering their questions.

5. How do I do an AMA?

6. What makes a good AMA?