Continuing the discussion from "Off Topic" posts:
@DrDeth, @What_Exit, @Czarcasm, I’m inviting you as well as the board in general to discuss the topic title. Taking excellent advice from others in certain ongoing ATMB threads, figure we should figure out what we want as original posters, people replying and mods.
Certain threads, such as the one I’ve split off from (and credit to @Heffalump_and_Roo for their excellent advice on how to do this) have become somewhat heated over decisions where the OP directs and/or dismisses arguments, or posters have flagged responses as off-topic or hijacks. Which has lead to multiple posters asking exactly how much control should the OP retain.
By splitting off, I figure we can try to get all of our opinions in, and maybe get some mod input as well. And by splitting from the previous thread, we can focus on what we want, rather than what has happened in the past.
Okay - enough set up. So in my opinion, the OP should be able to set up their question as narrowly as they want in their OP, because they are looking for a specific set of answers or debate on a specific point. This is self correcting, because if they make it too narrow the responses are going to short and too the point and likely taper off over just a few replies. Once the thread is created though, I don’t think they should have any controlling voice, other than that of any other poster - IE argue the point via cites, evidence, and charming diction.