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A test re-direct from Why do CAPITAL LETTERS so annoy us? started by Michael Duggan.
A test what?
A test of how quickly one can turn a topic into a meta-discussion about how the forum works?
Christopher, if a thread goes in a direction that you think gets away from the original topic, while leaving some things on that topic unsaid, I think you need to re-strike the original topic, not just provide a new thread. In other words, it would help if you were to identify those aspects of the previous discussion to which you would like to return.
Actually, it was kind of a blunder on my part. As my last post said, "I've been away for a while." After I posted this, I noticed a "next page" button on the original thread (as is the technical convention here so you know the start regardless of what page you're on). I saw the original post at the top of the thread, and mine immediately below. I guess what happened was upon my original post, there was only one page. After I posted, it created a 2nd page.I thought the post at the top of the page was Duggan re-posting his original statement in an effort to "bring things back on topic." Sorry for the confusion, But It has been a question on my mind regardless. I like Hudson's idea: If you think a thread is going off topic and want to create a "redirect," state in the new thread the main points from the previous thread/issues to be addressed in the redirected thread so that participants need not go through the entirety of the old thread.
(did I get that right?)
I think moderators should make this call though. Potentially a complex issue. Had I not had technical confusion, I probably wouldn't have started this discussion I don't have a problem with wandering conversation. Please don't misinterpret my tone as angry &c. I am going to re-title this thread accordingly. Sorry for the confusion.