Many of you may be familiar with Reddit and their frequent "AMA" chats - celebrities, interesting people, or somebody random comes by to answer any questions registered guests throw at them. Sometimes they're amazing, and other times the person is just there to promote whatever new movie they're in. Still, they're very entertaining to participate in and read, even after conclusion.
Several months ago a couple of SB Nation blogs realized that the network has a perfect commenting system to do something similar and executed this feature to great success. Now we'll give it a try.
On Thursday, Mets minor league pitcher Robert Gsellman will be joining us to answer whatever questions you toss his way. We're pretty excited as Robert is an up-and-coming name in the Mets farm system -- most certainly a top 20 prospect regardless of who you ask. He's scheduled to arrive around 5:00 PM EDT and comments for the Q&A thread (separate from this one) will go live shortly before, so you can start getting your questions in a bit early. After he joins, he'll sort through the questions and pick out ones to answer.
Again, don't post your questions here. There will be a new thread on Thursday.
Here's what I need from you: While Reddit has upvotes to highlight answered questions, we can do something very similar to make this easier for people to read who missed the chat when it was live. So whenever Robert answers a question, do your best to hit the "rec" button underneath it, so it will soon turn blue. If enough of us are vigilant in doing so (before and after the conclusion), then all of his answers will be featured, resulting in an ideal reading format.
More importantly, please use discretion in the questions you ask. We've got an awesome community here so I'm not worried, but I'll post the disclaimer anyway: This is a great opportunity. We've done plenty of pre-recorded interviews in the past; but this model represents the next step in connecting you, the reader, with the players/personalities that you're interested in. Assuming it's a big success we'd love to hold more such events in the future. So please don't waste time with nonsense or anything off-color. The questions will be moderated while the chat goes on.
Hope to see you all here on Thursday!