OFF TOPIC THREAD: Where derailing the thread is impossible!

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OFF TOPIC THREAD: Where derailing the thread is impossible!

Post by Lava89 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:34

Is there a way to divert off-topic chatter, like move posts that are off-topic detours to maybe a thread designed for off-topic stuff? (such as this thread)

I've seen mods on other forums do it before (like say a topic starts about scrap-booking, then someone makes a political statement which causes the conversation to focus around that...the mods will make a new thread called something like "political off-shoot thread from scrap-booking thread").

I remember there was a separate thread for religious topics, but I don't think it works unless an off-topic conversation starts organically and its just transplanted elsewhere so it can continue.

I mean, the mods could always delete the off topic stuff, but then you'd probably have a riot on your hands. I feel this is a good compromise-- it keeps the conversation going without disrupting perfectly legitimate topics.
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Post by DHeadshot » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:38

That's what the Cereal Board was originally for (link in my Sig)...
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Post by Lava89 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:42

DHeadshot wrote:That's what the Cereal Board was originally for (link in my Sig)...
True, but have there been any PCKF conversations transplanted there so they can continue?

And even if there has been...I'm not sure if the transition to the new thread could be all that fluid being that its a separate forum (with separate membership).

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Post by RoboBlue » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:10

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Post by Galaxieretter » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:47

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Post by VikingBoyBilly » Sat Jan 21, 2012 14:47

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Post by guynietoren » Sat Jan 21, 2012 18:39

Oh you mean like this one thread we derailed and was split into a new thread?
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Post by Ceilick » Sun Jan 22, 2012 0:02

There's a very simple solution to this that doesn't require intervention from moderators: if you're reading a thread and want to say or discuss something off topic to that thread, you create a new thread to discuss it. If you don't think your off topic comment warrants a new thread, then it probably doesn't warrant being said at all.

Here's another thing to keep in mind when it comes to being off-topic: whenever you read the latest post in a thread and are about to reply, stop and consider the original topic of that thread, the person who started it and what they may have hoped to share or accomplish with that thread. Impulsively posting something in response to the last person who posted in a thread without reflecting on the thread as a whole is rude and egocentric.

This isn't an official rule yet, but perhaps it should be: It's only okay for threads to wonder off topic if the starter of the thread is a participant in the changing subject. People who still want to discuss the original topic can create a new thread.

Lava89 wrote:Is there a way to divert off-topic chatter, like move posts that are off-topic detours to maybe a thread designed for off-topic stuff? (such as this thread)
We can split existing topics, but cannot move or merge posts into existing topics.

The only way this would work is if members of the forum are capable of the self discipline necessary to post their off topic messages here and link to the threads they are responding to, which is messy.

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Post by Lava89 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 0:10

Ah ok, thanks Ceilick! Feel free to delete this thread (unless you want to keep the new rule up) or delete this post, but lock the thread so your response is the last post, in case this idea comes up again and needs to be referenced back to this thread.

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Post by Ceilick » Sun Jan 22, 2012 0:15

Eh, if it provides a place for people to get their ya-yas out without disrupting others, which it seemed was in part your intent, I'm willing to leave it open.

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Post by Paramultart » Sun Jan 22, 2012 0:20

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Post by Lava89 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:26

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Post by RoboBlue » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:52

I used to feel that way, until I realized that most of my "facts" about reality were wrong. Even if some things are subjective, most things are not subjectively equal. It takes a lot of work to do research and evaluate both sides of an issue, but I do wish more people took the time to learn how google actually worked (not that anyone here has that problem).
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Post by KeenEmpire » Thu Jan 26, 2012 17:45

It's like that Asimov quote: "When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together."
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Post by Paramultart » Thu Jan 26, 2012 23:53

Lava89 wrote: I know exactly how you feel, one time I wrote a 5 page essay about how I didn't care what people thought of me.
I don't see anything ironic about that.
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