[Modpost] Want to actually have your question answered? Try browsing /r/IAmA/new!
We hear many complaints from users who say that by the time they have seen a post, the person is already done answering and gone. Unfortunately, many AMA hosts are busy people who are unable to hang out here all day. Therefore, there is a limited window of time when they are answering questions. By the time they make it to the front page, they could be done answering already. The simplest solution?
We require that submitters start answering pretty soon (we recommend half an hour) after submitting, so posting your question when a post is new is definitely your best bet.
And, it is great for the subreddit because we want all AMA OPs to have questions to discuss and reply to, even if they don't get a lot of upvotes. It's so disappointing when an interesting person is ignored and has their time wasted simply because not many people noticed their post.
"But mods, I check the schedule in the sidebar all the time, so I show up for those AMAs!" you might say. Well, the scheduled AMAs are only a small fraction of our AMAs! Because we have limited room in the calendar, there are a number of posts that we can't schedule ahead of time. This includes a large number of AMAs from regular users who could use some more attention going up against big celebrities with name recognition. In addition, there are many big AMAs (including President Obama, Bill Gates, Gabe Newell, and Julian Assange) that choose to not be scheduled for whatever reason. So, by only following scheduled AMAs, you could be missing out on a huge number of posts!
Also keep in mind that some posts in /new, especially brand new posts, may not have sufficient proof or may violate the subreddit rules. If that is the case, report it to the mods!
tl;dr: if you want to ask questions and get a response, browsing /r/IAmA/new is definitely your best bet, and it's great for the subreddit too!