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Warrior
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I noticed that on these boards, a topic will start, have a good conversational thread, then gets derailed and the topic twists around into some parody of what was originally intended. I have to wonder, does this happen all of the time or is it just me...

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Learn from others mistakes. Its safer
and more entertaining than learning on your own.
Posts: 100 | Registered: Wednesday, January 5 2005 08:00
Law Bringer
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I went with 80%-89%. There are a few topics that stay on topic, but it's not a frequent occurance.

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"You're drinking liquor because you're thirsty? How nasty is your freaking water?" —Lazarus
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Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
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How about that fantasy baseball?

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We're not doing cool. We're doing pretty.
Posts: 3335 | Registered: Thursday, September 4 2003 07:00
Infiltrator
Member # 4784
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Very few threads stay on topic if they don't get locked first. Which is sometimes a detriment to me. If I find the title uninteresting, or the first post, I may not go in or ever go back in until a week later when on page ten I start to wonder what everybody's still talking about.

I've missed some good discussions that way.

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Posts: 563 | Registered: Tuesday, July 27 2004 07:00
Law Bringer
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Speaking of which, what is your favorite color and why?

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:P

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Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
His Mighty Tentacle
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**Taps tentacle on desk**

This is a meaningful conversation right? Not another spammy poll thread?

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If I could make just one wish, I would want a tasty vlish.

Geneforge IV. Still no tasty vlish.
Posts: 1104 | Registered: Tuesday, February 12 2002 08:00
Infiltrator
Member # 2836
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Well, I prefer blue, myself. I can't understand why some people would like pink... purple or red aren't too bad either.

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Posts: 587 | Registered: Tuesday, April 1 2003 08:00
Councilor
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Topics do tend to get derailed, unless they have some long-lasting reason to stay on topic (like an RP), probably because people can only say so much about a given topic. But it works both ways. Interesting topics can get turned into boring ones, and boring topics can get turned into interesting ones.

Dikiyoba's favorite color is orange, with black and green as second-favorites.

Edit: Typo.

[ Friday, December 01, 2006 12:24: Message edited by: Dikiyoba ]
Posts: 4346 | Registered: Friday, December 23 2005 08:00
Agent
Member # 2820
Profile #8
Making topics use up precious resources, and so for conservationist reasons, we stick in our non sequiturs in existing topics that no longer interest us.

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Thuryl: I mean, most of us don't go around consuming our own bodily fluids, no matter how delicious they are.
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Alorael: War and violence would end if we all had each other's babies!
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Drakefyre: Those are hideous mangos.
Posts: 1415 | Registered: Thursday, March 27 2003 08:00
? Man, ? Amazing
Member # 5755
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Blazing Saddles is a great movie.

Soylent Green is highly rated movie.

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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

Well, I'm at least pretty sure that Salmon is losing.


Posts: 4114 | Registered: Monday, April 25 2005 07:00
Law Bringer
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90-99%...

In other news, we got hit by a huge ice storm over the past two days. Anybody else feeling the chill of winter?

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.

I hate undead. I really, really, really, really hate undead. With a passion.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Infiltrator
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It's cold here but we missed the snow.

My favorite color is plum purple(though most shades are nice), with craola's midnight blue as a close second.

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Forever Always on Past the End

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Posts: 563 | Registered: Tuesday, July 27 2004 07:00
Shaper
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quote:
Originally written by Jewel:

It's cold here but we missed the snow.
Lucky you. Up here, we got a full 6' of snow. And I had to shovel it.

My favorite color is a dark green, with black as a second.

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I tried to think of something witty to put here.

Needless to say, I failed.
Posts: 2686 | Registered: Friday, September 8 2006 07:00
Councilor
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Wednesday was cold, but other than that it's been pretty mild. And dry.

Dikiyoba wonders how different lengths of topics compare. One-page topics (because no discussion really got going) and 11+ page topics (because they must have a reason to exist that brings them back on track) probably stay on topic more than 2-10 page topics.
Posts: 4346 | Registered: Friday, December 23 2005 08:00
Guardian
Member # 5360
Profile #14
-X- lives in Toledo. So no snow. You unappreciative lucky. . . people. -X- has to shovel snow, and he considers it worth it. Ah well.

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May the fires of Undeath burn in your soul, and consume it.
Posts: 1636 | Registered: Wednesday, January 5 2005 08:00
Law Bringer
Member # 335
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Don't make me lock this.

Most topics don't last long enough to get derailed, and most game threads stay focused. Also, I think there's a difference between conversation drift, which is fine, and derailment, which is sadly frequent. And sometimes fine, I guess.

—Alorael, who thinks some topics need to be derailed as quickly as possible. When there's nothing good and relevant to say, say something good anyway!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Shaper
Member # 7420
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Derailment is a good thing. Some topics just suck, so what's wrong with them taking a turn to something completely off topic and more interesting? If people like the original topic, derailment will not be necessary. If the topic is boring and weak, derailing it and continuing in a different direction can only be healthy for the board as a whole.

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You lose.
Posts: 2156 | Registered: Thursday, August 24 2006 07:00
Shaper
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Proof that Tullegolar's philosophy can be applied virtually anywhere, anytime. :P

EDIT: made the joke a bit more obvious.

[ Friday, December 01, 2006 17:20: Message edited by: Nioca ]

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I tried to think of something witty to put here.

Needless to say, I failed.
Posts: 2686 | Registered: Friday, September 8 2006 07:00
Agent
Member # 2820
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Yet again Alorael has made the perspicacious analysis. I think we all implicitly thought that the question only applied to topics in General, and so the estimated percentage of derailment was skewed way up.

What a great pun, Nioca.

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Thuryl: I mean, most of us don't go around consuming our own bodily fluids, no matter how delicious they are.
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Alorael: War and violence would end if we all had each other's babies!
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Drakefyre: Those are hideous mangos.
Posts: 1415 | Registered: Thursday, March 27 2003 08:00
Shaper
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quote:
Originally written by Garrison:

Yet again Alorael has made the perspicacious analysis. I think we all implicitly thought that the question only applied to topics in General, and so the estimated percentage of derailment was skewed way up.
Except that, overall, more topics are made on General than any other forum. So, naturally, it would be skewed in the upwards direction.

quote:
Originally written by Garrison:

What a great pun, Nioca.
Thank you.

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I tried to think of something witty to put here.

Needless to say, I failed.
Posts: 2686 | Registered: Friday, September 8 2006 07:00
Law Bringer
Member # 6785
Profile #20
Blue, no red.

Even game threads change unless they are very short question and answer types. Thread drift occurs as people get bored with the original topic and because it's easier to alter an existing thread than start a new one.

What is this snow that you speak of? I haven't had real snow in years. Too bad since it would kill off the new crop of weeds.
Posts: 4643 | Registered: Friday, February 10 2006 08:00
Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Randomizer:

Blue, no red.
No! Yeloooooooooooow! :P

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Posts: 1556 | Registered: Sunday, November 20 2005 08:00
Agent
Member # 1934
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I'd have to say fire. No, wait, ice. Definitely ice. But fire's good too.

Topic de-railment is good. It leads to interesting conversations.

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Posts: 1169 | Registered: Monday, September 23 2002 07:00
Shaper
Member # 247
Profile Homepage #23
It was cold here. But now it's warmer -14C or so. I like driving in the snow and laughing at people on the coast that don't know how.

Yellow is by far the colour of mod.

I hate words with too manu vowels, Dioecious, perhaps.

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The Knight Between Posts.
Posts: 2395 | Registered: Friday, November 2 2001 08:00
Warrior
Member # 5363
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I feel like I wish I could change my answer to "ALWAYS!!!!" (And don't criticize me on the amount of !s)

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Learn from others mistakes. Its safer
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