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"Thread Drifts Happen..." or how long before threads go completely off topic?

Poll Results: How many pages before a thread drifts off topic?

 
  • 7% (1)
    One
  • 14% (2)
    Two
  • 28% (4)
    Three
  • 28% (4)
    Four
  • 0% (0)
    Five
  • 0% (0)
    Six or more
  • 0% (0)
    Never Happens
  • 21% (3)
    Poll Flawed. Because Every Poll is flawed in one way or another.
14 Total Votes  
post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

A semi serious question but it has been talked touched upon in the past but how long is is before a thread started by a question, gets answered, all choices/options hit, they digresses to be completely off topic in a thread drift? 

post #2 of 27
Is there anyone else out there who used to listen to Marv Albert call Rangers games on AM radio, circa 1971?
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

A semi serious question but it has been talked touched upon in the past but how long is is before a thread started by a question, gets answered, all choices/options hit, they digresses to be completely off topic in a thread drift? 

Depends a lot on what the Thread Starter does, or does not do after Page 1.

post #4 of 27
On yeah? Well your mother wears army boots!
post #5 of 27
I'm guessing fifteen posts. Once it gets too many posts for a new-to-the-topic person to read what's been said, you get someone responding to the subject line and maybe the last post made on the topic and not looking at the first post at all. If it's summer there are not sufficient people on the actual topic to overcome the disruption caused by the guy who walked in in the middle of things. In the winter, the twenty or more people who have been on topic all along will stay on topic. In summer, the topic will rapidly get derailed as more new people than involved people get deflected by the anomalous post.

Also, if some posts get really long, people don't read the whole post, seize on some piece of it, and go off on some item that offended them without reading the while thing. (A warning to the long winded..)
post #6 of 27

It seems to me that just about any thread beyond 3 pages is likely no longer relevant to the original topic. Rule of thumb...

post #7 of 27

Sometimes it has as much to do with the OP, who some of the participants are, and the time of year.  

Generally 3 pages is the limit, but some can go waaaaay off topic if one person posts a hijack early on.  Also, some of it has to do with the participation of the original poster.  Quite often when an OP takes an interest in keeping his/her thread on track, it helps. 

post #8 of 27

Flawed poll, no response for "You're a Nazi"....

post #9 of 27
A "page" as a unit of measurement is unreliable. People set that number at will depending on what device they're using, etc. Then again, almost everything about this thread is unreliable. Especially us.
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

A "page" as a unit of measurement is unreliable. People set that number at will depending on what device they're using, etc. Then again, almost everything about this thread is unreliable. Especially us.

But we are consistently unreliable 

post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

But we are consistently unreliable 

Hey, it worked for GM!
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post


Hey, it worked for GM!

I assume you mean General Motors and not Gold Member.... well, maybe???

post #13 of 27

Yeah, General Motors... and your mother wears army boots! :)

post #14 of 27

You leave my mother out of this!! And they're only Army loafers, anyway...

post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post
 

You leave my mother out of this!! And they're only Army loafers, anyway...

Are they comfortable loafers? Not that I am judging. 

post #16 of 27

Eh, don't know. You'd have to ask her. Camo loafers, though, not my style.

post #17 of 27

I'm too lazy to look for an example, but what I find amusing is when the thread drift begins from only the 2nd post!

 

Lessee, a hypothetical example:

OP:  Hi, I ski at Vail and was wondering what skis I should get for powder?

1st Reply: Vail has outrageous walk-up ticket prices, and this is hurting the sport!

 

Anyhoo, that kinda thing...

post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post
 

I'm too lazy to look for an example,

To get back on topic, I guess that makes you a loafer.

post #19 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skierish View Post
 

I'm too lazy to look for an example,

To get back on topic, I guess that makes you a loafer.

If the shoe fits. 

post #20 of 27

@Philpug I don't mean to hijack this thread but ....what's for dinner? 

post #21 of 27

Chicken sausages, since I'm cooking.  You're both invited.

 

But seriously, the thread topic has something to do with how long it sticks.  

 

And sometimes the question is how long it takes before somebody calls somebody else a troll, while remaining on topic.

post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lakespapa View Post
 

Chicken sausages, since I'm cooking.  You're both invited.

 

But seriously, the thread topic has something to do with how long it sticks.  

 

And sometimes the question is how long it takes before somebody calls somebody else a troll, while remaining on topic.

Thats not sausage...sausage is made from pork. 

post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by lakespapa View Post
 

Chicken sausages, since I'm cooking.  You're both invited.

 

But seriously, the thread topic has something to do with how long it sticks.  

 

And sometimes the question is how long it takes before somebody calls somebody else a troll, while remaining on topic.

I'll be right over.  I like Chicken Sausage. 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

Thats not sausage...sausage is made from pork. 

You know I don't eat pork.  Sheesh.  

post #24 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by lakespapa View Post
 

Chicken sausages, since I'm cooking.  You're both invited.

 

But seriously, the thread topic has something to do with how long it sticks.  

 

And sometimes the question is how long it takes before somebody calls somebody else a troll, while remaining on topic.


Don't listen to this troll.  He's just trying to stay on topic.  Resist the temptation.

post #25 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lakespapa View Post
 

Chicken sausages, since I'm cooking.  You're both invited.

 

But seriously, the thread topic has something to do with how long it sticks.  

 

And sometimes the question is how long it takes before somebody calls somebody else a troll, while remaining on topic.


Don't listen to this troll.  He's just trying to stay on topic.  Resist the temptation.

 

Damn and this is going to get lost at the bottom of a page. 

post #26 of 27

How about adding this to the emoticons.

Or this...

post #27 of 27
Definitely need the second one.
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