A brief word in Noah's defense: I have heard him deliver his "no reason to sterilize" blurb upon several occasions and it doesn't come out as snarky and abrupt as he notated it here... and is always followed by a discourse on how instruments were cleaned and cared for.
His point about getting the public to think about their questions in a different way is quite correct, the manner of doing so varies by the historian. Just as getting the living historians who wander off first person back on track by leading questions is a valid technique, but may seem to some like we are making cruel fun of another historian who "doesn't get it".
Advice for First Person Immersion:
Do the HOMEWORK beforehand, including character bio, refresh general knowledge, research event specific knowledge, the character bios of others. (You have a good start on that here already
)When someone posts something pertaining to their character, READ it.. don't dismiss it out-of-hand because you think you wouldn't interact with that person. If you are planning something that makes your character unique or you need the other participants to understand something about your character... post a blurb about it, share your research about it, encourage discourse about it... so that the other participants can understand where you are coming from and are less likely to call you out on a "research foul" at the event where your research is out of reach. Once you are at the event, adhere to the motto, "Semper Gumby" (always flexible). Flubs will happen, by you and others. Be forgiving of others (within reason) and don't beat up on yourself. Cover them as best you can at the moment and then let them pass. Remember that phrases "I don't know. I'll find out. Tell me more about that." are valid answers. You are not ALONE in this endeavor, the other participants can and will help you, just as you will do for them.
Progression is a journey, not a destination.