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Paddy

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Thread drift
« on: September 18, 2007, 01:00:22 PM »

This place is getting bizarre.  We start out on a topic and within a couple of pages everybody is arguing about something completely unrelated. And not only completely unrelated but completely abstract, too.  No offense to anybody, but there seems to be this 'libertarian' habit of substituting hypotheticals in some stretch of an attempt to draw an analogy to something somebody said.  It's like they think it's parable time or something.  Then everybody else takes the bait and argues with the hypothetical.

Can we just stick to the topics?

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2007, 01:18:01 PM »

And one more thing.  Engage the topic.  Don't just make unsubstantiated proclamations and expect everyone to accept them as fact.  They're just your opinion unless you can back them up.

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2007, 01:18:55 PM »

You know, that's just like one time I was selling this gun.  And the guy started telling me about how he shot 2 BGs with a Colt .25acp.  So anyone who thinks the .25 isn't effective ought to see what one does at close range.
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2007, 01:41:00 PM »

And Mike locks the thread in:

Three...

Two...

One...
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007, 01:42:57 PM »

Small joke retracted.  I forgot it was the politics place and don't want to be the cause of the first lock.

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007, 01:45:17 PM »

I concour.Thread drift is a problem.

But then,sooner or later,so is continental drift.

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2007, 01:52:19 PM »

If George Bush would get out of Iraq we'd stop needing all this oil and Global Warming would be prevented.
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007, 02:27:38 PM »

I'm far more worried about thread warming.
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2007, 02:29:50 PM »

And Mike locks the thread in:

Three...

Two...

One...

Why would an exhortation to stay on topic warrant thread lock?  It goes to what kind of forum do we want to have; one that coherently presents point counterpoint?  Or one that spins off in tangents in every direction resulting in everyone shouting at everyone else over abstracts, like a bunch of crazy people.

Think about it, that's all I'm sayin'

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2007, 02:35:43 PM »

Quote from: RileyMc
Why would an exhortation to stay on topic warrant thread lock?  It goes to what kind of forum do we want to have; one that coherently presents point counterpoint?  Or one that spins off in tangents in every direction resulting in everyone shouting at everyone else over abstracts, like a bunch of crazy people.

Think about it, that's all I'm sayin'

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I'm far more worried about thread warming.

For some reason I can't quit laughing at that.

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2007, 02:41:53 PM »

"Why would an exhortation to stay on topic warrant thread lock?"

Uh... because I don't like you?  angel

OK, seriously.

It doesn't warrant a thread lock. Simple as that, because it's a valid question.

That said, I don't come down on drifting threads generally because I tend to be more favorably inclined towards... free range... threads.

Yes, threads that drift can be frustrating, I agree, but the entire nature of this forum is more free range than the forum that spawned it. It was designed to be that way, and I more or less favor that concept, both generally, and specifically.

Some threads will naturally maintain tighter focus, while others will spread as they may.

As long as they don't spiral into a grand pissing match I'm inclined to let them go.

I do, however, exercise the right to shut down threads that have ceased to present new information and are now just a "yes it is/no it isn't" back and forth.

I don't know how the other moderators/admins feel about that, but I'd have to say they're more along those lines, too, as no one is herding posters back towards a central point...
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2007, 02:42:49 PM »


Can we just stick to the topics?

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We do have some who are able (and quite talented at it) to derail any thread with misdirection by picking apart and debating everything in a post other than the actual topic.
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2007, 02:45:02 PM »

Quote from: Mike Irwin
free range... threads.

As opposed to cooped-up threads?  If he starts talking about Certified Organic threads, I'm leavin'.

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2007, 02:46:32 PM »

Quote from: Mike Irwin
free range... threads.

As opposed to cooped-up threads?  If he starts talking about Certified Organic threads, I'm leavin'.

Brad

That has to be the funniest thing I have read in a while....
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2007, 02:48:47 PM »

Quote from: Mike Irwin
free range... threads.

As opposed to cooped-up threads?  If he starts talking about Certified Organic threads, I'm leavin'.

Brad

Brad Johnson, the veal of APS...
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2007, 02:51:25 PM »

Veal sounds good right now.  Lightly saute'ed and covered with cream sauce.

Plus pancakes.  Lots and lots of pancakes.

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2007, 02:55:03 PM »

Jagerschnitzel?  oh yeah!



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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2007, 03:01:31 PM »

I need to figure out what I am going to have for supper tonite .... ?

What if there were no thread drift Huh?
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2007, 03:03:19 PM »

Not asking for the hobnail boot and iron fist, Mike. Just a general appeal to members to consider the value of this forum as a medium for the exchange of ideas.  It's not necessary for every thread to degenerate into an adversarial 'mine's bigger than yours' shouting match.  It's not a contest.  This is not the place to transfer your aggression.  Just because somebody peed on your Wheaties this morning is not reason to dump it on everyone else here.

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2007, 03:13:43 PM »

".  It's not necessary for every thread to degenerate into an adversarial 'mine's bigger than yours' shouting match."

And not every thread has. Nowhere even close to that.

I'm keeping an eye on the threads that are the most likely candidates to have prompted your appeal.

We'll deal with them if necessary.
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2007, 03:24:13 PM »



Think about it, that's all I'm sayin'

*snicker*

That didn't last long.
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2007, 03:28:51 AM »

Yeah, thread drift is bad.  Did someone mention veal?
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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2007, 08:33:36 AM »

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Can we just stick to the topics?

 Politicians started thread drift, not We The People.

Get the Politicians to give a straight answer to questions and to stick with duties they swore to do as outlined in COTUS.






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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2007, 09:01:45 AM »

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and to stick with duties they swore to do as outlined in COTUS.

If they didn't, would that be COTUS Interruptus?

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Re: Thread drift
« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2007, 09:40:07 AM »

Mmmm..... pancakes!

Sometimes I appreciate thread drift, because it takes away from what would otherwise be considered a total pissing match thread.  In that respect, I agree with Mike - the levity has value. 
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