posters who derail threads
we are all familiar with the scenario. A topic is posted and opinions are being exchanged sometimes heatedly but manageable...then from out of left field a poster throws in an inflammatory , often carefully worded statement.
The thread then becomes about
"that post" rather than the original topic.
I can only conjecture about the motivation.
Yes, we all ar epersonally responsible for choosing to respond to thread derailing comments and I have OFTEN been guilty of responding myself.
In recent times I have found that this sort of behaviour leads to a less than satisfactory experience for myself on HT's.
Are we heading down the line of behaving like rival "gangs" in the High School arena?
The only way to stop this destructive behaviour is to refuse to respond to it.