In general, the rules are to keep on topic.
We allow slight deviations and sub-topics to a point and particularly if the OP is involved in the deviation. When major hijacks occur (sounds an awful lot more dramatic than “changing the subject”) we will sometimes moderate the comments or even move them to a new thread if they merit it. This probably doesn’t happen all the time as we simply don’t see every single comment but if something is flagged as off topic then we may act on it.
Did anyone see the Manchester City game last night?
My vote was to not add a rule about this. I’m not for purposeful threadjacks but I think the rules are detailed and I worry about adding more stuff. I also don’t think minor tangents are an issue and could see people flagging like crazy for every mild side comment.
I agree that those who deliberately hijack a thread should be notified about any flags and why their attempt was inappropriate. I have suggested several time that a night deviation is fine, but if it takes on life of it’s own the person should start a new topic and link to it in comments in the old one.
I think categories matter, some are more serious than others, but some threads in Conversations are still purposeful discussions while other threads are just for fun. I think case-by-case works. In the Ranting Pot, most threads do go on tangents and that seems normal there.
So, I’m for encouraging new topics when a tangent takes on weight. Mods can assist as needed. I’m against a B&W rule against off-topic comments. I’d like to see everyone vote honestly before considering it further.
Great campaign! I’m watching. The wording was where I thought it was more that needed, this wording: [quote=“taverr, post:1, topic:103928”]
In most of the forums I have been, there is always a point in the Forum rules stating to avoid Thread Hijacking. Should this rule be added here as well?
I’m not for adding a rule though this poll bears watching.
Which important topic? Sometimes it’s just someone adding a joke or note to an on-topic post and it does derail the thread. Tangents happen, though. Verbal conversations and written ones rarely go.on without a tangent here or there.