So I saw this thread a few days ago, read an interesting article on the topic over the weekend, and thought about contributing to the discussion.
Then I started reading the postings in the thread, and only about a third make an attempt to refer to the topic. Maybe 1/6 provide discussion relevant to the topic. The rest is just virulent anti-Republican bashing. I’m not sure if I want to post in thread now, because it’s such a cesspool that it should probably be be moved to the BBQ Pit.
I note that UltraVires was recently banned for hijacking threads. I remarked at the time that threads going off on diversions is hardly rare (I should have said it’s endemic), and also admitted that I participate in threads going off on a tangent. It seemed at the time an unfair justification for the banning.
After reading the linked thread, I don’t think hijacking a thread should ever again be used as a reason for banning. I welcome moderators trying to keep a thread on-topic and issuing instructions to keep a thread on-topic. Someone earning a warning for violating a moderator’s specific instructions within a thread would be a warning I’d agree with, and I might agree with someone who persistently ignored moderators’ instructions being banned. But using hijacking alone as a reason for banning? That’s selective enforcement and an unworthy reason.
Yup, and it’s usually very clear that that ‘making a point using an incorrect fact’ is both intentional and with the knowledge that posters taking that bait will be told to end the hijack and that there is almost never more than a thread note for the initiator of said hijack.
Wanna really stop hijacks? Start thread banning the initiators of hijacks.
Which is the problem. One person’s hijack is another person’s interesting diversion. I’d actually like to read a discussion about the merits/problems with the Republican HOR investigation into Joe Biden’s links to corrupt activity. I’d be willing to contribute to such a discussion. But yet another Trump-bashing thread? I got bored with those after the first few hundred. But apparently turning an interesting thread into a Trump-bashing thread isn’t an identified hijack, even if it’s a de-facto hijack. That’s disappointing, but I understand that the moderators don’t want to closely police all threads, and I generally appreciate them having a light touch. If I think a thread has gone off the rails, I can just stop reading it. But the moderators shouldn’t be warning/banning people for hijacking a thread when it’s an endemic practice.
That particular thread was just premature – there won’t be any investigations until the Republicans take over the House in January. So, in the meantime, people are just having a discussion.
For that thread, any discussion before January would be a hijack – maybe suggest that a mod lock that thread until the first investigation takes place?
Your characterization of UV’s banning is as wrong here as it was in your original thread about him. I don’t want to discuss it here, since it would be a hijack…
Anyway, hijacking a thread would never be the sole reason for banning someone. Repeated hijacks after moderator instructions not to? Sure, especially if those hijacks often cause the threads to derail – a poster like that is just being disruptive, essentially trolling.
No one is stopping you from starting a thread about Republican investigations and requesting that swipes at Trump are taken elsewhere. You could probably even coordinate with the moderators in advance – I think I did that for a transgender thread because those tend to go off the rails quickly.
So as your first thread wasn’t enough you started a second?
An occasional hijacking alone will not be a reason to ban, but combined with other behaviors or a pattern of trolling via hijacks it will remain a reason to ban. Hijacking alone was not the reason UV was banned.