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Ford November 15th, 2005 02:01 PM

Threadjacking
 
First of all, for those who don't know, threadjacking is the action of replying to a thread completely off topic, and, either successfully, or unsuccessfully, changing the topic of the thread.

It has recently been brought to the attention of your friendly mods that this is starting to happen more and more. This is done either intentionally or unintentionally. If it is intentional, and especially if it is deemed to be malicious, we will, of course, step in with our usual even hand and deal with it at that point.

Unintentional threadjacking, however, is not something that we feel should be dealt with severely. Instead, we'd just like to ask you to be aware of your replies to a thread. Threads do tend to develop a "life of thier own", and like any conversation you may have on the street, may flow in a direction quite unintentional of the original post, and this is fine. As a matter of fact, to an extent, is encouraged. It is this type of "flow" that helps to make these boards feel like a friendly place, and a welcoming community. However, if a reply is completely unrelated to the topic at hand, it can, and has often, ended a thread pre-maturely.

In order to determine if your reply might be a threadjack, ask yourself this simple question--would I interject this were this a conversation among a group of friends. After all, we hope that is how you view these threads. If you have any doubts, then please send a PM, or start a new thread.

In the meantime, on behalf of all the mods, thank you for continuing to support the board and this community, and as always, if you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact one of us or the admins.

Signed,

Your friendly neighbourhood mods


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