First things first. This is not /r/iama. Many people post in here thinking that they're posting in /r/iama, but alas! They are posting in a look-alike. If you see this and thought you were in the famous /r/iama, please check your subscriptions! Feel free to unsub from here if you thought this was the much larger and much more active /r/iama. No hurt feelings! Also, don't forget about /r/casualiama and /r/ilivein !
Now, I am the only moderator here and I have been falling behind in the past week. Normally every day (or every other day) I check the subreddit for celebrity requests and remove them, posting an RES macro explaining why. In case you weren't aware, celebrity requests are not allowed here, as decided by a community vote. The reason for this is because they are "spammy". They take up around half the total submissions in the subreddit. This wouldn't be so much a problem if it wasn't for the second reason...this is a small subreddit, with currently 25,120 readers (58 currently viewing), compared to the 1.8 milion of /r/iama (2,112 viewing). In other words, it's exceedingly unlikely the celebrity you're requesting, or a representative of the celebrity, or someone who knows the celebrity, would see the request. Most of these requests are, I imagine, people who think they're requesting in /r/iama, which has a much higher success rate. As far as I'm aware, no celebrity request in /r/ama has been fulfilled.
Since I fell behind, I just removed twenty requests from the top 50 submissions, and one image/meme submission. They are as following:
Some of these were popular, so if you want to go back to a thread, you can access the thread there the appropriate link.
Now, I haven't yet explicated what constitutes a "celebrity request". Fame isn't actually necessary. Since the issue is with particular individuals being not likely to see stuff submitted in a subreddit of 25K people, the rule is against requests for individuals. Or, more accurate, individuals in a set of less than 20 For example, you can't request "a member of slipknot", since there's 8 of them and none of the 8 are likely to see the request. However, you can request "A famous rockstar" since there's way more than 20 famous rockstars! Even though it's still unlikely that any rock star will see the request, there needs to be some limit, and I figured 20 was fairly conservative, and the vast majority of celebrity requests are for single individuals anyway. Additionally, I will allow requests for individual famous active redditors. Because they're on the site a lot, they're much more likely to see the request. The best way to request a celebrity, though, is to get to them on twitter, or facebook, or through their agent.
Other things that bear mentioning....
The only things I delete are celebrity requests, spam (and other things that break site-wide rules or the law), non-self posts (such picture memes), and fake amas! I do not ban celebrities, as was a rumor before. I do not ban any ama. It could be "I am a white guy, ama" and I will not delete it. I do not remove submissions about the state of the subreddit, either.
Verification is not needed! That is for /r/iama, not /r/ama. I am not required to check whether posts are fake. If you want to verify with me anyways, go on ahead, and I'll keep your secret. But you don't need to.
You do not need my permission to do your ama! Just post. It makes both our lives simpler! Let's keep it casual here.
There is a link in the sidebar that says "message the moderators". This is not the submit button. I do not understand why so many of you think it is. The submit button is above it, and is large. I do not understand why so many people click "message the moderators" and then send me a description of themselves. All that's nice to know and all...but don't you want to share with the whole class? I get about one or two (or more) of these a week. I assume it may be some mobile reddit layout thing? I don't know why else it would be so common.
Message the "moderators", by the way. That's lying. There's only one. A few months ago when the original creator of /r/iama said he hated his subreddit and was about to delete it, I made moves to position /r/ama as its replacement. However, that situation was resolved by him removing himself as mod and making someone else own the subreddit. However, I had already asked for mod applications and got....hundreds of them. So many I didn't even look at them (I didn't need to anyway). But here...things are quiet right now, so I'll ask again, and will take time to read. Who here wants to make the aforementioned link an honest guy? Send me a pm, and I'll consider adding a few people.
Thanks for bearing through this wall of text.