Before, we’ve done “threads that are sure to recur” and “threads that are guaranteed to get locked”. But what about threads that are perfectly legal, and even innocuous on the surface, but are guaranteed to end in shit-storms and melt-downs?
In GQ right now there’s a thread called, “Are all African Americans really African?” A perfectly innocuous question. But did anyone doubt for a moment that it would devolve into a flame-out before it was over? It’s currently at 187 posts and counting.
A few days ago we had, “Who is the smartest Doper?” An innocuous question, and for a while everyone played nicey-nicey. But you knew–you knew–that it would end in sniping, mod warnings, and a lockdown–and it did.
Note that this is different from making a controversial post–it’s easy to post “Abortion isn’t a constitutional right” or “Everyone should have their cat declawed” in GD or the Pit and expect fireworks. Those are controversial topics. I’m talking about innocuous topics that inevitably turn toxic.
So how about it? What are your favorite Threads that are Sure to End in Flame-Outs?