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But let the damn post jump the tracks, and see who catches hell.

I was looking for something in my history, when I ran across this Metatalk thread, that just turned into this rather quickly. Wondering if anyone else might have a favored example that's worth sharing. (Yes, I find funny derails -of the thread variety- entertaining.)
posted by pjern on Jan 4, 2017 - 74 comments

Do we need to dig into the history of the subject of posts?

I'm pretty uncomfortable with how this thread evolved. [more inside]
posted by el io on Oct 21, 2014 - 74 comments


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 - 117 comments

Off the rails

So what happens when the entire discussion in a FPP is a derail?
posted by dmd on Mar 31, 2012 - 146 comments

Parsing vs. derail

This 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 - 21 comments

Gawker's horrible URLs

A pony request to fix a 3rd party's crappy website... [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Mar 5, 2011 - 31 comments

Taking it outside (the thread)

This FPP 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 - 285 comments

intrasubject derail

Any chance the mods want to redirect the Bradley Manning debate in the leak thread towards the Bradley Manning thread? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Jan 1, 2011 - 7 comments

Calling Dr. Sash... Dr. Sash to the Grey room, please?

Dear Orville: 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 - 113 comments

Steal this Derail

There's a legal term for violating a copyright owner's exclusive rights: it's "infringement," not "theft." And to this day I have not heard a single justification for why not to use it. I'm done with this derail, but I look forward to having it again every time this subject comes up" - Well, me neither. How about we don't? [more inside]
posted by Artw on Nov 4, 2010 - 225 comments

Where's the mute button?

Low pass through Grand Canyon derails, nobody hurt [more inside]
posted by GeckoDundee on Aug 15, 2010 - 116 comments

Metafilter derail from this thread...

Metafilter derail from this thread...on terrorism and responses to terrorism. 1) Is this the appropriate way to use MetaTalk, and 2) let's continue the conversation, if it should continue. [more inside]
posted by _cave on Jul 27, 2010 - 89 comments

"pretty ordinary stuff for a state full of people that are 48% inbred."

The discussion of Mainers taking place in this thread is troubling me. [more inside]
posted by rollbiz on Mar 12, 2010 - 252 comments

Religion derail

Must every thread about religion turn into an exercise in how religion is inherently a force for evil? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 23, 2010 - 961 comments


Holy shit, this got weird. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Feb 15, 2010 - 393 comments

[derail] on sperm v. adoption question

Let's continue a discussion from this thread that got zapped for being chatfiltery. It has to do with adoption. [more inside]
posted by mr. remy on Feb 8, 2010 - 112 comments

No Child Left politically unmanipulated

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 - 17 comments

L.P. Hatecraft

L.P. Hatecraft wants to have a discussion. Let's have it here: [more inside]
posted by shmegegge on Aug 19, 2009 - 223 comments

Asploding Asian Girlfriend

A place to have a nice cup of tea and a chat about this thread's Asian girlfriend fetish.
posted by i_cola on Aug 19, 2009 - 208 comments

It's a penis; get over it.

Can we please stop the "Why hasn't it been deleted?" thread shitting in the penis post. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Aug 12, 2009 - 212 comments

The alphabets are spelled A B C D

What is an alphabet thread, and where did the term come from? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Apr 13, 2009 - 144 comments

Veering off topic

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 - 140 comments

Complaint versus enjoyable discussion

Sometimes snippy derails ruin any chance of decent discussion on an interesting topic. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Nov 12, 2008 - 48 comments

It's a shame a derail can get a good post on cervixen deleted.

It's a shame a derail can get a good post on cervixen deleted. [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Jun 4, 2008 - 112 comments

Don't Mess With "Don't Mess With Texas"

It's getting tedious seeing wfrgms bring out the same old "Don't Mess With Texas" derail one more time. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Jan 3, 2008 - 234 comments

We hate hip-hop

Why can't MetaFilter do rap music? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Dec 5, 2007 - 192 comments

Fat/thin and health, just another

This is a metatalk thread for those who wish to discuss issues of health and obesity rather than derailing the thread about Leonard Nimoy's new photography book.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 10, 2007 - 146 comments

This is where you can talk about "Are Catholics Christian?"

Let's move the "Are Catholics Christian?" derail/debate in this AskMeta thread to a more appropriate place: this Metatalk thread. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Nov 6, 2007 - 176 comments

Fighting words make for a heck of a derail.

Will the blatent and offensive derail at the end of this thread be allowed to continue? [more inside]
posted by Crabby Appleton on Sep 24, 2007 - 149 comments

I don't know where to start.

The hip hop thread
posted by chunking express on Aug 25, 2007 - 77 comments

Photograph this!

Fine, already. Here's a MeTa thread for all the derailing going on here.
posted by pineapple on Jul 9, 2007 - 218 comments

Bestest derail evah?

Thanks, miss lynnster. Are Cadbury sales down yet?
posted by rob511 on Jul 5, 2007 - 170 comments

Moderation needed

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 - 79 comments

Is this really necessary?

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 - 51 comments

Take it offline, or at least off the front page

This is what email is for.
posted by salvia on Oct 25, 2006 - 64 comments

This question is great, but the answers are not

This 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 - 74 comments

"take all copyright/theft discussions that are not on topic to METATALK, thanks"

"take all copyright/theft discussions that are not on topic to METATALK, thanks" Done.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Jul 19, 2006 - 61 comments

Derailed conversation

Once again 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 - 203 comments

heated, and off topic

This AskMe thread is getting a bit... ermmm... heated, and off topic.
posted by antifuse on Jun 6, 2006 - 142 comments

AskMe rerailing request

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 - 14 comments

Doesn't directly answer the question, but poster should know that...

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 and 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 - 92 comments

clarificaiton wanted, derail not wanted

Looking for clarification for this comment by undule. Just trying to avoid a derail in the thread in question. [More inside]
posted by tiamat on May 2, 2006 - 24 comments

Green card question becomes a morality referendum

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 - 15 comments

The studies you are citing are TOTALLY IRRELEVANT

Cleanup on aisle 33719. DirtyCreature is trashing the joint.
posted by loquacious on Mar 4, 2006 - 184 comments

Let's stop these ad hominem-themed derails, ok?

Let's stop these ad hominem-themed derails, ok?
posted by clockzero on Jan 25, 2006 - 72 comments

People are derailing this perfectly decent home-furnishing AskMe

People are derailing this perfectly decent home-furnishing AskMe with a more-heat-than-light debate about a perennial hot-button issue. Maybe take the debate to MeTa and leave the green to window coverings?
posted by matildaben on Jan 9, 2006 - 79 comments

Derail moved to MeTa: reading blogs in class

I would like to discuss the ethics of reading blogs during class.
posted by achmorrison on Sep 8, 2005 - 61 comments

SOMEBODY has been busy derailing threads

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 - 218 comments

Guns questions get derails, not answers

A particularly egregious example of commentators hijacking an AxeMe thread instead of answering the question.
posted by norm on Jan 19, 2005 - 140 comments

Can we please stick to the topic on Ask?

Can we please stick to the topic on Ask? Sorry jonmc and astruc but I don't think your opinions on the aesthetics of waxing pubes was on answergrape's mind when she asked the question.
posted by dobbs on Nov 13, 2004 - 149 comments

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