posted on Oct, 18 2017 @ 10:59 PM
a reply to: Springer
The reason AMA's work on Reddit (the site where the phenomenon began) works is:
1. User comments that are rude/irrelevant are "down voted" by other readers (kind of like a thumbs down). If a post has to many "down votes" it is no
longer is displayed. Comments have to meet a certain "threshold" of positive to negative votes to be displayed. Oh, you can STILL see them, if you
click on "this comment has not met the minimum threshold". They're still there, but they attract far, far, less attention.
2. Navigating an AMA on Reddit is infinitely easier due to their format. You can collapse entire discussion chains and sort the entire AMA's comments
by "new" or "best" or "controversial". This is possible because every comment has the ability to be up or down voted by the community itself.
3. That up/down voting promotes "self-policing" of the AMA. The overwhelming majority of people want a positive AMA, so morons and idiots that try to
derail and deride the guest get down voted to oblivion, and their comments become irrelevant.
Basically, their format makes it possible for AMAs to work for them. Trying to run an Reddit-style AMA on a site that isn't formatted like Reddit is
just asking for a huge headache.
edit on 18-10-2017 by Kettu because: (no reason given)