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    Default Thread Drift - pros & cons?

    When the original topic of a thread gets hijacked - like MikeH's cable thread .... it's all part of forum life and can be fun, but how much should the mods tolerate it and even encourage it? (Yeah, I know the mods are usually the worst culprits! ).

    Any thoughts?

    I must admit that AoS is the worst I have come across for this. TBH it's all a bit 'in crowd' for me, and may even put newbies off altogether. It can be a bit hard on the originator of the thread as well.

    Or maybe I'm just a boring old fart.
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    I'd urge everyone, both new and established to get stuck in. If a thread gets too conjested we can split it and tidy it up. And if any thread originator is concerned at thread hi-jack they should drop one of us a line and we'll sort it out. If we jumped on every thread with a bit of banter it'd kill things cold, so we tread a fine line... Just my thoughts.
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    it depends. If someone asks about a specific thing ('what amp should I buy?') then early thread drift will seem like no-one is taking their question seriously, and/or that the forum is clique-y. I see no problem with thread drift once a reasonable number of 'on-topic' replies have been made to the original post. It should be completely banned on the 'for sale' threads though.

    I was a member of a forum many years ago where thread drift was mandatory and on-topic posts were banned!

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    Maybe it's just a symptom of the low attention span of some of us around here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    I was a member of a forum many years ago where thread drift was mandatory and on-topic posts were banned!
    That sounds like quite a forum!
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    It was back in the early days of Usenet; the name of the forum was 'alt.fan.british-accent' but any discussion of British accents was frowned upon and threads would, within a post or two, veer wildly off topic. The provision of accurate advice was also considered to be against the spirit of the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Homar View Post
    ... What did I miss, anyway?
    S'ok... I've found it.

    Seems harmless enough...
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    I agree with all the comments here, particularly Joe's, which for me are spot-on.

    I admit that I'm as guilty as most (or even more so ) of thread drift, and I will watch this in future, however I think some people need to lighten up a bit.

    Jerry,

    I must admit that AoS is the worst I have come across for this. TBH it's all a bit 'in crowd' for me, and may even put newbies off altogether.
    If newbies are so easily 'put off' by a bit of banter/thread drift then perhaps they don't really belong here? I've said before that no forum can be all things to all men, and we don't purport to be. AOS has a unique 'flavour' which sets us apart from other forums, and this is something that we value.

    Most new members seem to settle into our style quickly and easily and are far from put off. The stats prove this. I would cite Dave C, Alex UK, DSJR, Haselsh1, Labarum, Covenant, Aquapiranha, Martin T, barry.d.hunt, and Hamish Gill (amongst others), as excellent examples of 'newbies' (or relative newbies) settling in and quickly embracing what AOS is all about.

    As for the 'in crowd' thing, no disrespect to your favourite forum, Wigwam (they're far from alone in this), but it's hardly a shining example of being non-'in crowd'. There are more cliques there than at a Mason's convention!

    More seriously, every forum has its 'vociferous' like-minded regulars. AOS is no exception, except I'd argue that ours are friendlier than most. However, I don't see that qualifying as an 'in-crowd' - just a normal part of a community. If there is a so-called 'in-crowd' here, then ours is the most welcoming example of the kind, as no-one is excluded from joining!

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