With the new rules for Great Debates, the staff are clearly calling for more focused threads with less hijacks. There are plenty of posts that I think are hijacks. Should I report them?
I personally could not care less if a thread is hijacked by an interesting tangent. Almost all of the hijacks I see are interesting, because necessarily an uninteresting post does not get followed up on. There are times where I want to hijack threads, but I try to make a conscious effort not to do so beyond “would you like to debate this in a new thread?” (I am not always successful in doing this)
I’m not 100% sure on the scope of the rules and my guess is that they do not align with my own personal vision of an interesting debate. I don’t want to bother the moderators by reporting posts that, to be honest, I like reading. Certainly I don’t want to see anybody punished. Most hijacks are unintentional and natural, methinks.
But I also want to help. We are evidently coming out of some sort of Great Debates existential crisis, and J, J & T say the solution is more focused threads with less hijacks.
Should I start reporting posts?