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It has been my experience on a number of forums and it seems that the threads that go off the deep end.... usually go off topic. "Staying on topic" is very helpful when someone is searching for an answer while reading a thread. All the information is in one place. But if you have to read many pages & the thread goes off topic/s it is a real waste of time and frustrating to find your answer.

The Poodle forum is already broken down with "forum categories" that include sub-categories. So people already have the concept of "staying on topic". I would like to get the opinion of other members to see about the possibility of staying on topic within a thread.
 

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Yes I agree. I can see how a topic can start to wander. Being a new member, I experienced just what you discribed when I was surfing topics I was interested in. Its a nice freedom to be able to share this and that, (kind of like show and tell in kindergarten) but the post loses its line of main info. Maybe if we have astory or experience to share that is off topic in a thread, we could share it by private message to that individual? Its always nice to get a message!
 

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A conversation is an organic thing. How do you control where it goes? If you don't like the turn it takes, why not just stop reading?
 

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A conversation is an organic thing. How do you control where it goes? If you don't like the turn it takes, why not just stop reading?
Yep! IA 110% I LOVE it when forum threads take on a life of their own - topics are nice as a starting point, but IMO it's not necessary to stick to them rigidly. I've learned lots and lots of good stuff by following where the threads take me! I'll second cbrand's suggestions that if you don't like it - quit reading... That would be the easiest solution to your dilemma.
 

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Maybe I should have been more specific as I am not referring to a conversation. I am talking about when someone ask a question and they want to get and answer to that question. Then someone comes on the thread and "hijacks" the thread to a completely different topic.

If someone wants to ask something that is off topic then they can start a new thread.
 

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Sometimes people don't realize they have hijacked a topic... they say something little that someone else continues on with, but perhaps they didn't even mean to go off topic.

I, myself, am guilty of that. What is relevant to you in a topic about... we'll say haircare, may not be to someone else. But you mentioned it anyway, because it made sense to you to say it in your post.

This all goes back to what cbrand said about conversation. I also think it would be pretty tedious (read: impossible) to over-police the forum and make sure everyone stays completely on topic all the time. That's the great part of the forum, that is different people with different opinons about EVERYTHING. If there was someone running around telling people what they can and can't say... the forum would get old, fast.
 

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I am guilty as well sometimes:) But I see both sides.:scared:

It does happen often enough that new people come on and do try to push threads back to topic and make comments older members do this as well. People are used to being on other forums where mods are quick to get things back on topic - the more things do stay on topic the less picking goes on. I had a mod in another forum spell check me:) - now that person had way too much time.

There are great things to learn on here - I just think that as a poodle community peoples opinions on both sides should be heard a bit more before slamming the door in their face. One of our well respected members and mod on and off has stated in a handful of threads is this is a tough bunch to handle and are very quick to judge.

I agree that sometimes it does go off topic. I dont think a mod has to always police this - we arre adults and can chose to do this ourselves. I will - not a big deal to me.:eek:hwell:
 

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I am guilty as well sometimes:) But I see both sides.:scared:

It does happen often enough that new people come on and do try to push threads back to topic and make comments older members do this as well. People are used to being on other forums where mods are quick to get things back on topic - the more things do stay on topic the less picking goes on. I had a mod in another forum spell check me:) - now that person had way too much time.

There are great things to learn on here - I just think that as a poodle community peoples opinions on both sides should be heard a bit more before slamming the door in their face. One of our well respected members and mod on and off has stated in a handful of threads is this is a tough bunch to handle and are very quick to judge.

I agree that sometimes it does go off topic. I dont think a mod has to always police this - we arre adults and can chose to do this ourselves. I will - not a big deal to me.:eek:hwell:
You are correct " the more things do stay on topic the less picking goes on." In other forms it has been helpful when the moderators are involved. Instead of shutting someone down they just move the post to the appropriate topic.

I like this forum & would like to see new members participate more and not feel the need to cancel memberships.
 
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