I have been really happy to see more folks hosting AMAs. AMAs are great because it's a really great way to distribute nuanced views into the software world, and have folks get to know you. Everyone is welcome to host one, and I'll give a few tips:
Check out other AMAs in order to get a feel for what might be a good thing to center your AMA around. It doesn't have to be ultra unique, but how you phrase your title will dictate the AMA.
I really liked this one:
I think this gives readers an idea of what insights they might glean from checking out the conversation. You might really solve someone's career problem just by hosting a discussion centered around some element of your history/career.
The Q&A portion of the AMA is the good stuff. Keep your bio short and sweet.
Don't just use the AMA for promotion. We may remove the AMA if you go too far in this direction. You are more than welcome to do an AMA alongside a launch, it's a great use case. Just don't go too far with this.
AMAs are designed to be somewhat asynchronous. Questions will keep coming in for a few days and then things will fade. So try to respond quickly but no need to be 100% back-and-forth because every AMA has a different pace.
If you know someone who is not an active dev.to member, ask them if they are interested in doing an AMA. It is a great way to intro new folks to the community. Open source maintainers, industry leaders, etc. are always welcome to stop by!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to schedule an AMA in advance. Most of the time this isn't really worth bothering with, but we will definitely work with notable leaders in this way, or anyone where pre-announcing would be useful.
- Be supportive! There is absolutely no reason to be a hater in an AMA. There is always a respectful way to ask a question.
- Get in early! It is very helpful to get the convo going with quick questions, it helps out everyone.
- Ask follow-up questions once you get an answer!
- Chip in on adding your own answers or follow-ups to some questions where you can be helpful, but do so respectfully of the host. This is their space.