In THIS thread (“Japan was willing to surrender throughout all of 1945 but only with the guarantee their emperor would remain”), which was self evidently about the circumstances surrounding the decision to drop the atomic bomb, I asked a question in the 21st post, after there had been detailed answers given to the OP’s specific question:
This was criticized by several people for being off topic.
I am aware of board culture (I.e. no jokey answers before a real answer is given; bring cites to a debate; no personal insults outside the pit, et al). Here, I read with interest the specific answers to the specific question asked in the OP, and then asked an additional question - related directly to the topic of whether the Japanese had been able to avoid the atomic bomb through an agreement to surrender.
Some people engaged me. JKellyMap provided reference to a specific historian who affirmed the questions. Others responded to correct my misapprehensions. Even if it was terse (I didn’t mean to strike a nerve if I did), it was in the spirit of a Questions Forum thread.
But I also thought that “thread drift” (for lack of a better term) into tangential areas related to the OP - after it had been pretty throughly answered - was normal and acceptable.
Am I wrong?