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post #1 of 162 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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I am curious about the reasoning behind moderating topic drift. I can see if a thread was initiated by someone seeking help, that the topic should stay on topic so as to ensure the OP gets help. But if a thread starts as a general or philosophical discussion and drifts, what is the problem with the drift. Just curious about the thinking. Not super worried about it. Thank, oh fearless mods.

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Depends upon the nature of the drift.

If the 'drift' is catalyzing the thread to the point of ambiguity or argument, then it will be moderated; either by way of edit, or the thread will be closed.
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Ok. Argument like flinging logical fallacies and meanness I am thinking. That makes sense.
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Or hypothetically talking about the benefit of Stride Rite shoes for kids for a page or two, and then have it turn into a 10 page discussion about which is better for long distance running, Nike or Asics?

The secondary topic may be absolutely valid, but not within the context of the original thread.

Odd as it may seem, the goal is to preserve context for individuals that come to the site looking for specific information, and obviously to assure that things remain relatively civil and addressing the subject at hand.
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Or hypothetically talking about the benefit of Stride Rite shoes for kids for a page or two, and then have it turn into a 10 page discussion about which is better for long distance running, Nike or Asics?

The secondary topic may be absolutely valid, but not within the context of the original thread.
Right. That is what I mean. Why does it matter whether or not it is in the context of the original thread?

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Odd as it may seem, the goal is to preserve context for individuals that come to the site looking for specific information, and obviously to assure that things remain relatively civil and addressing the subject at hand.
To the detriment, perhaps, of the free flow of conversation. I guess you get to determine the value that you wish to pursue.
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Right. That is what I mean. Why does it matter whether or not it is in the context of the original thread?



To the detriment, perhaps, of the free flow of conversation. I guess you get to determine the value that you wish to pursue.
Correct. Or sometimes we flip a coin.
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Correct. Or sometimes we flip a coin.
A coin that's heads on both sides right? LOL
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Don't give me anymore ideas.... Bwhahaha!

HEHE That's what I'm here for
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Re: drifting off topic

What do you do during a tornado if you live in the bottom floor of an apartment complex?

Its been years, but my wife always said run out to the drainage ditch, while I figured stay inside with no windows - like a bathroom.




SQUIRREL!!!
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We say "squirrel" all the time at our house and crack up laughing! Hey I know I'm drifting, but the thread titile got me! Hope Deejo's not flipping that double-sided coin right now.
I'm going out on a limb and betting heads

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Re: drifting off topic

Well, the topic is "drifting off topic". Isn't that what we are doing?
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Well, the topic is "drifting off topic". Isn't that what we are doing?
Since you make that point, I will move my chips to tails... let er fly baby!!!
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I just had cereal for dinner ...
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I just had cereal for dinner ...
the kind that talks to you or the boring grown up kind?
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the kind that talks to you or the boring grown up kind?
There's a cereal that DOESN'T talk to you? I guess I need to see my doctor; ALL my food talks to me. LOL
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