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Old 01-29-2008, 05:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How Do You Feel About Threads Being Hi-Jacked?

I like thread hijacks. I think they make things more fun when people can branch off in similar or related conversations. Bonding moments! Plus it shows that people are invested in a thread and don\'t just post and then bolt.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I generally don't mind. Personally, I don't get into many conversations IRL that stay perfectly on track either.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it's fun. Just like conversations in real life.

The only negative I can see is if a long thread gets bumped and the last/newest post is read, people will only respond to that as opposed to reading or recalling what the OP was discussing.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I like the more free interchange that some people call hijacking. But I'm often surprised at how touchy some people are about it, like all they want are short direct replies exactly on topic and don't include any extra words or ideas or they freak out ...strange imo.

In forums where the discussions can get technical about narrow topics (say an automotive forum) it seems to me that some people think that going off topic pollutes the data base; so if somebody is searching for something specific it makes it harder to find or it's wrapped up in a bunch of other ideas that waste time. I don't always agree with that either since a minute or two of extra reading and thought usually extract what you're looking for.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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it kinda depends with me. If it's a malicious threadjack (we're discussing Ross Perot and someone comes in and randomly starts yammering about hockey) then I get annoyed. If it's just a natural conversation flow, I've no issue with it.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This reminds me of the time when I went to the grocery store and ran into my old girl friend in the parking lot. I backed up and got her again.

I miss her sometimes.











You mean like ^
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes, yes, your ideas are great and all, and I thank you for taking the time to present them so clearly, but check this out: There is a bull running loose that escaped from a meat packing plant like 10 minutes from where I live!

http://www.wkyc.com/news/watercooler...?storyid=82176
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
 
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Thread Jack for president !.....or is it Thread Jill.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Excessive rules imposed on a discussion bother me more than a well-written (and natural) deviation from a topic like a thread jack.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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(ammendment to the tfpconstituant constitution....

'cept for poltics dudes...comon..
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:19 AM   #12 (permalink)
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............and then he said.........



"if you're going as a sourpuss,then i'm going as a dicktater."


hahhhahhhahhahhaha.....................
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
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I can't breathe dude...

lighten one up eh!

ok I'm done..

yes there are ecletic thread jacks...it is best to know when to quit while your'e ahead...

'crosses fingers'
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:53 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Outside of very serious discussions I don't have a problem with them. If, though, we're discussing something very serious like war, genocide, etc., it's ultimately damaging to the conversation to let it drift.

Giant Hamburger brings up another good point. Rabbits are scary.

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Old 01-29-2008, 10:05 AM   #15 (permalink)
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OMG, Will posted a kid, burn him, BURN HIM!
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:07 AM   #16 (permalink)
 
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my eyes....
my eyes...

I'm melting......
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:15 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:55 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I find thread jacking distracting.
This said, I tend to gloss over them and move on.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:57 AM   #19 (permalink)
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STAY ON TOPIC, YOU MEATBALLS
Awww.... no more irony, then.
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:02 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Hey! UsTwo took my milk money!

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I'm guessing that if it wasn't for threadjacking... I'd never exist.

...

I'm ProJacking, not ProChoice.

Please, think of the all Crompsins.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:07 PM   #21 (permalink)
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STAY ON TOPIC, YOU MEATBALLS
You get no bread with one meatball.
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Dave Van Ronk Lyrics - One Meatball

A little man walked up and down,
He found an eating place in town.
He looked the menu through and through
To see what fifteen cents could do:

One meatball, one meatball,
He couldn't bought but one meatball.

He told the waiter near at hand
The simple dinner he had planned.
The guests were startled, one and all,
To hear that waiter oddly call:

"One meatball, one meatball,
This here gent wants one meatball."

The little man felt ill at ease,
Said "Some bread, son, if you please."
The waiter hollered down the hall
"Ya gets no bread with one meatball!"

One meatball, one meatball,
"Ya gets no bread with one meatball
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:07 PM   #22 (permalink)
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On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese.
I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table and onto the floor,
and then my poor meatball rolled out of the door.
It rolled in the garden and under a bush.
And then my poor meatball was nothing but mush.
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:46 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Schadenfreude I say!
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:29 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Is thread hijacking tantamount to thread terrorism?
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:40 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:44 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:28 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I think it's fun. Just like conversations in real life.

The only negative I can see is if a long thread gets bumped and the last/newest post is read, people will only respond to that as opposed to reading or recalling what the OP was discussing.
i agree.

i'd like to add, however, that sometimes it's makes the thread a little [hard] to read, if you have to go through a page or two (or 3) to find where the topic starts up again - or where it last left off.
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:09 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I agree too.I go on another forum where, if a thred is 'hijacked', themoderators split it or move it, or just rename it...and to some extent I know why this is doen , to make new members easier aquainted or to make the search function work better however it seems that it is a little anal. Forums are for discussions, and as said before, discussions rarely stay totaly focused.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:12 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:15 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I think a forum is for discussion between people who are hopefully literate and sane. Discussions often go places where they were not expected to go. If you don't want that, perhaps a mirror would work better.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:28 PM   #31 (permalink)
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For me, it depends on the context of the OP and the threadjack. In most (many?) cases, "threadjacks" are entertaining asides that are then put aside. For the others that derail a perfectly good thread, I find them to be a nuisance. Sometimes the derailment is a good thing if a decent conversation about the OP arises....a worthy offshoot, I suppose.

I feel the worst kind of threadjack results from an unwillingness or inability to engage in the thread despite having some interest in the OP or the subject it addresses. You sometimes have to be in the right mood for critical thinking or insight.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:56 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Threadjacks, provided they don't become a side argument that eventually slides completely off topic for a really long time, don't bother me. It's the ones that drag on into a realm that the OP never meant to go into... like "what if I got my girlfriend pregnant by sticking my finger in her" turning into a abortion or AIDS debate. Those drive me nuts and I usually just either redirect back to the OP or completely ignore the entire thread, depending on my level of annoyance.
Then again, I have ADD. I've mastered the threadjack on old threads. And sometimes I just end up looking at something from a different angle that jacks the hell out of Thread.

ooooooh, kittens.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:46 PM   #33 (permalink)
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It annoys me quite a bit.

A few of the members here have built their entire persona upon spamming threads with lame jokes and inappropriate comments that often have nothing to do with the topic at hand.

And others enjoy each other so much that that they can't quite refrain from playful calling each other names whenever they're both logged into the forum.

But I just ignore it - I don't shape the policies around here and I can't deny the fact that most don't seem to be offended by it.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:08 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:22 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I jacked Threads

Hello,

Personally I don't like hijacked threads, but sometimes they circle all the way around and get back on the original subject. I remember one thread I started that was about Bush's questionable intelligence. Well this poster named "BigJosey" announced that his girlfriend had quite a bush. Before anyone could blink, a poster named "MaxMan" asked what kind of bush it was, rose bush, hydrangea, lilac, what? The girlfriend had a azalea bush, so BigJosey divulged. This poster named "Toughboy1" then jumped into the discussion and said that azalea bushes were his favorite. Well then MaxMan said that Tougboy1 couldn't be too tough since he had a type of bush that he liked. Toughboy wasn't going to stand for that so he called MaxMan an idiot. MaxMan then stated that he was no idiot since Bush was an idiot and he had to be smarted than Bush. BigJosey then said that Bush wasn't the brightest President in the history of the United States but he wasn't an idiot.

Well, the thread then continued on with a discussion concerning Bush's intelligence. Wild, huh?

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Old 01-30-2008, 03:46 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Often times thread hijacks can lead to very interesting and open conversation. It happens in typical conversation all the time, why would a forum be any different. I cannot count how many times a topic such as what did you make for dinner ends up in something completely off the wall such as pest control. At times my significant other and I will look at each other and ask, how the heck did our conversation get here anyway? It adds realism, I do not mind it one bit.
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:12 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table and onto the floor,
and then my poor meatball rolled out of the door.
It rolled in the garden and under a bush.
And then my poor meatball was nothing but mush.
OMG, I'd forgotten all about this childhood classic. I just had to sing it.
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Old 01-31-2008, 07:28 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Sometimes a threadjack deserves the Holy Hand Granade. Post #8 got the necessary justice.
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Old 01-31-2008, 07:42 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:00 AM   #40 (permalink)
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