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Per Request by the man himself... "Take it to MeTa" [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Nov 17, 2011 - 213 comments

Teh Stupid, it hurts

Deleted a bunch of comments - let's try this again, was a moderator's comment found in this thread. The thread itself is not important and neither is the link really. What I feel is important is a growing Metafilter trend. [more inside]
posted by Poet_Lariat on Sep 26, 2011 - 184 comments

Asking better questions.

How can I ask better questions? This is my first MetaTalk post, so just let me know if this is the wrong place or if it's somehow out of line. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Aug 15, 2009 - 36 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

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 - 235 comments

it's my party and i'll cry if i want to.

i didn't want to derail this post about singleness either, so i thought i'd clarify my statement here.
posted by violetk on Jul 12, 2007 - 85 comments

Seriously guys, he just wants a name.

The poster of this question has clearly stated, "I'm not trying to solve their problems, I'm looking for specific recommendations for a marriage counselor. You know, like a name. If I wanted advice about 'how do I deal with my friends' psychotic marriage problems,' that's the question I'd have asked." I've flagged the responses that judged the poster rather than answering the question, and several of those comments were deleted, but many of them remain. I'm curious about where that line was drawn. Also, if people really feel the need to question the poster's judgment, hopefully they can do it here and leave the thread with less noise.
posted by vytae on Jul 2, 2007 - 55 comments

working together for the common good

Ironically, for the off-topic stuff from this post on people from different beliefs working together for common good.
posted by The Deej on Jan 2, 2007 - 127 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

"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

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

The studies you are citing are TOTALLY IRRELEVANT

Cleanup on aisle 33719. DirtyCreature is trashing the joint.
posted by loquacious on Mar 4, 2006 - 189 comments

comment in blue lacks context

posted by dersins on Jan 29, 2006 - 19 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

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

Are there any MeFites out there that are also regular members of OffTopic?

Are there any MeFites out there that are also regular members of OffTopic?
posted by Plinko on Dec 31, 2004 - 6 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

Neither funny nor on-topic

Pardon me for asking, but WTF? I can't think of how this answer is useful, or even humorous yet off topic. It's just random and potentially offensive in a surreal sort of way. How do we head this stuff off at the pass? The "as useful as you make it" bit isn't working.
posted by majick on Jan 14, 2004 - 16 comments

U.S. vs. rest-of-the-world grudge match

The ongoing U.S. vs. rest-of-the-world grudge match is unnecessary and annoying, especially when it's off topic.
posted by PrinceValium on Sep 10, 2003 - 54 comments

Author derails own thread

What do we do when the post's author is derailing his/her own thread? [more inside]
posted by qbert72 on Jan 21, 2003 - 15 comments

Obitfilters only for . . and .

I didn't want to derail the Kevin Smith obit thread from where ever it might be going so... [more inside]
posted by willnot on Feb 15, 2002 - 21 comments

continuation of mefi tangent on email clients

This is a continuation of the tangents raised while discussing e-mail clients. Up for discussion:
* whether there is any "naturally occuring phenomenon" in cyberspace
* whether Microsoft understand the environment they are in
* whether Outlook is a secure product or not.
posted by Neale on Dec 4, 2001 - 21 comments

Database question

Are db queries sortable by Cold Fusion 5 via XML or is the default interface tweak(for NS 1.01)specific to Opera? (more)
posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 22, 2001 - 32 comments

going off on a tangent in threads much

Is it me, or do posts in some threads just gets way, way, way off tangent?
posted by Rastafari on Oct 10, 2001 - 36 comments

Just chatting

Ending something starting something new. The deadline support of uni is now over for me, finding the discipline and motivation to just do design, that's personal stuff 'a labor of love'.

posted by asfaras on Sep 10, 2001 - 9 comments

Off-topic, off-color

I was just reading over the QuickTopics thread, and a thought came to mind that a solution akin to what Raging Bull used to do, namely offering a check box in the posting area that actually allows the poster to self-label their comment as off-topic (OT) or not.

Basically, all the posts that are self-labeled as off-topic would show-up as a less contrasting text color (say a bluish-white, or something) in the thread. This will give users a visual clue that can help them better navigate the thread. I'm also thinking that a little glyph out on the main page to indicate off-topic material might also be useful, if only to invite the curious into the thread. This might, though, encourage too much OT. I don't know.

What do you think?
posted by silusGROK on Mar 13, 2001 - 3 comments

Staying on topic

Okay here goes nothing. This one's about topic drift, and what is the proper way of handling it, if there is such a thing.
posted by ZachsMind on Jul 8, 2000 - 8 comments

A rambling comment about off topic comments

The death of MetaFilter - A rambling comment about off topic comments.
posted by y6y6y6 on Jun 14, 2000 - 73 comments

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