This evening we had some fun talking about barely tangential topics in the game dealz thread. Previously we managed to derail the Statistics on streaks thread as well as most giveaway threads, though I doubt anyone has really minded as they’re more of a party than a proper discussion or info source.
All these derailments have been a lot of fun and some even leading to good information being spread. I wouldn’t want to be a scowl and suggest it gets banned or stopped, but they’re not really a good habit for a useful forum and people might skip posting and engaging in a fun discussion because they don’t want to go off topic.
So I sat here thinking about talking to @lonin about how to go about maybe splitting threads. Usually as a mod you’d have tools to merge threads that are too similar, I wasn’t sure splitting was an option. But for that to be a thing though we’d need lonin or someone to hang around at all moments in time and split threads as we have our ways with them and that’s just not viable, there’s got to be a better way!
Looking around a little I found this neat option:
Clicking the highlighted +New Topic lets you create a new thread with your response with an automatic linking to the post in the old thread. This way if we know we have a really good and/or funny reply that’s entirely off topic or we’re noticing the discussion heading in that direction your next reply could be a new topic, with these simple steps!
Save the threads from the horror if tangents without spoiling any of the fun!