Do unexplained YouTube links annoy you? I don't mean FPs with a pattern of clearly identified YT links, or someone making a topical and fairly obvious post like "I like this version better"; but just an inline link
with zero context. [more inside]
posted by pla
on Aug 26, 2012 -
request for sources on a comment I made is valid, but I don't want to derail the thread. Could it be appropriate to put sources and specifics in here, and let the thread continue on the content of the post?
posted by dragonsi55
on Jul 18, 2011 -
about women's reproductive rights and the definition of rape was rapidly taken over by a discussion of how old white men who don't fit the stereotype of old white men get their feelings hurt when "old white men" is used as a pejorative.
For those of you who want to continue that conversation, for those of you who want to discuss your frustration over the hijack, please--for the love of god--take it here instead.
posted by availablelight
on Jan 29, 2011 -
Please refrain from accusing me of derailing a thread by answering a direct question. Thank you. And Jess, sorry for losing my temper. You did right to delete my post. [more inside]
posted by pla
on Nov 26, 2010 -
I unintentionally derailed a really good thread about involving inmates in arts programs to combat recidivism by talking about how resistance to inmate programs is partially fueled by community frustration with collapsing opportunities for art in schools. The flash phrase was No Child Left Behind. So, can we bring the NCLB rage here and get back to talking about art in prisons there
posted by toodleydoodley
on Jan 23, 2010 -
Please don't let this thread
devolve into a discussion of US policy. Can we keep that thread on the rails and you can discuss it here?
posted by desjardins
on Nov 26, 2008 -
Can admins take a look at this
AskMeFi question? It's a genuine question about a biblical story but it's being hijacked by the atheist brigade.
posted by humblepigeon
on Jun 13, 2007 -
I'm confused on the etiquette rules regarding when it's okay to push a thread off into lunacy. I was hoping that the pirates thread
could be interesting (although the OP was a bit lacking), but it instantly turned into a useless flamefest. Is it too late to delete all the pirate songs and idiocy? Can we maybe agree on a brief moratorium to let threads develop before we turn them into Thomas Pynchon novels?
posted by spiderwire
on Jun 6, 2007 -
is a fine example of a decent question and good responses made much less satisfying because they are interspersed with responses from assholes who are just posting to see their names.
posted by Mayor Curley
on Sep 24, 2006 -
Dios derails an interesting conversation, and makes it all about him, by claiming that the post about an emerging media trend which may be redefining the word "terrorism" is worthless and stupid.
posted by y6y6y6
on Jun 9, 2006 -
Stinky Kitty vs. Baby? This post
seems to be about to turn into a debate regarding kittens' ability to survive versus infants'. Very interesting.
posted by k8t
on May 23, 2006 -
When is it OK to point out something that may be very important even if it does not directly address an AskMe? This post
is from a person who acknowledges "borrowing" a neighbor's open WiFi connection. I would like to know if MeTa thinks I was out of line in posting this
. The resulting response
bothers me. I tried to be both helpful and understanding that she may be unaware of potential legal issues with "borrowing" wifi, and gave protective advice to her about being safe when she gets her own WiFi, too. Am I guilty of a derail, or is this kind of discourse acceptable on AskMe?
posted by twiggy
on May 23, 2006 -
I read this as question for help on legal matters
(I know...thats a separate topic) but people seem to be interpreting it as a morality question with statements such as "Why do you think a person with such low ethical standards would make for a positive contributor to the US "
- and its starting to derail the thread.
posted by vacapinta
on Apr 23, 2006 -
When will dios
have the decency to go to the next thread, or to MetaTalk, rather than derailing a thread with attacks on the poster? Plenty of people like y2karl's posts, plenty don't; we all know that already. So what, exactly, other than forestalling any real discussion of the issues raised in the post, does dios think he adds by his knee-jerk and immediate (2nd comment in the post) carping and cavilling?
posted by orthogonality
on Jun 30, 2005 -