At the beginning of this year, the Dope administrators announced some new, welcome rule changes:
*"**Hijacks. *This is, perhaps, the single largest and most important change to the rules in Great Debates and Politics and Elections made in 2020. Staying on topic is a strong goal of Great Debates and Politics and Elections moving forward. Threads exist for a reason. Presumably, the original poster wants to discuss a specific topic. Posts which pull the thread away from that topic are hijacks. Some of these are inadvertent, some are not. Posts that seem intended to steer a discussion away from the original topic may be sanctioned."
Yet, there are some threads that are being allowed to be completely derailed with no moderator action. One example would be the “Why are Trump defectors having little effect on Trump’s election chances?” That thread is currently 277 posts long at the moment, however, only the first hundred posts or so were actually about the original thread topic - Trump defectors and their effect on the upcoming November election. The remaining 170+ posts that followed completely derailed the thread into a different topic - a thread about poverty, racism, being black in America, mental handicaps, social inequality, etc.