Tangents or thread drift

I mute threads that start to bore or annoy me.

Me too. And people, as well.

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I have learned a tremendous amount on thread drifts. Topics and opinions/facts I’d never otherwise encountered. As suggested above several times, if I don’t like the direction, no one is keeping me there.

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I tend once I have been on a thread that interested me to stay with it, even when one or more aspects get boring, snarky, or annoying. It helps me to understand better those with whom I disagree.

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what does not float my boat is a reply / replies to two-three-four-ten year old threads that have drifted far off the thread title. and rather a lot of the recent replies are quite inane to the topic.

some software shows the date of the OP. when I see a new member replying to a six year old thread, I don’t even bother with it.

there are differing opinions, but I think any thread inactive for two years should be locked to new replies. if the software creators would respond, one could envision something like a new thread with “Response to xx-year old thread {{link here}}” but people who write forum software seldom use it, so convincing them of some new and really cool feature is quite difficult.

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Why create a new thread if there’s already a posted topic?

For instance.

I regularly post on old threads when I’m returning to the same topic, looking up a recipe, revisiting a city or sharing a trip report. I often post relevant recipes to old Cuisine of the Quarter threads.

I understand not liking it when old posts surface, but I personally like updating old posts whether they are related to cooking or travel.

I don’t like newer duplicate posts much.

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It’s a dilemma with posting reviews of a revisited restaurant.

Egullet used to prefer posts to an existing thread, arguing that one could follow the progress of a restaurant, maybe through different chefs. On the other hand, my recollection is that Chowhound used to prefer a new thread for each review. When I first came to HO, I continued the Chowhound model but have now reverted to the egullet model which I think I prefer.

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I see it as building a post.

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Not to mention folks are joining all the time, so what’s old news to some is a new and interesting discussion to others. Sometimes it’s kind of fun to see an old discussion resurface. Other times I just move on.

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I didn’t even remember I was the author of the pizza thread, which is pretty funny. I like revived threads. :slight_smile: The knowledge contained in old threads is immense.

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I like to tack new stuff onto already existing threads as I can then see what I had prevously posted on the topic and not contradict myself. :roll_eyes:

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ignorance, for instance.

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I notice I resurrect threads seasonally, for example when I’m trying to perfect a recipe like pepper jelly or preserved lemons, or when I usually have a lot of lemons, tomatoes, stone fruit, or fava beans or sweet peas. Well, you get the idea.

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Or beans, in my case. I like your Beans thread.

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I’m going to cause thread drift . So much information on the bean thread . Yes lol

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If you catch my drift. Lol

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Yes . Great Northern, and cranberry beans are my favorite.

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Recipes that you have newly tried for an old Cuisine-OTQ, or just recipes you came across, using the thread as a way to bookmark / “park” them?

I’ve not understood the point of the latter (vs. bookmarking in whatever way one does personally), but I know a few people here do it (and I’m sure I’ve done it myself on occasion too).

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