Do you shepherd your threads?
- KaimukiMan Feb 26, 2013 09:54 AM
Once I post a thread I generally feel a responsibility to watch it's development, try to nudge it back to the track I think it should be following, etc. Of course there are times I wonder what led me to post such a thing in the first place, or just want to step back and watch in horror as the monster runs rampant. It generally surprises me when I see someone has posted something, never to see their name again (althought I have been known to miss a posting here and there.)
There have been some threads initiated by others that I have tried to help gentle away from the "cliff". Not really trying to control so much as to not let interesting thoughts be "lost".
I like to think of my threads and posts to be more organic free range type of contributions.
I publish my information out in the plush green pastures of cyber space and allow them to roam freely. On occasion I will peek out the window to check on them but as a whole I like to just let them roam.
I use to try to get threads back on track when I first started participating, but sometimes the train wrecks are more entertaining then the original thread.
A person who used to be a frequent contributor here - who is now holding forth on another forum - used to go so far as to threaten to report posters to the mods if they went off topic in her threads. I personally find that kind of thing irritating. If you want to stay in control it needs to be your own blog.
If we see them, we delete those threats and don't act on those sorts of reports. As long as a discussion remains largely on topic for the category it is in, we don't worry about things going astray from the original topic of the discussion thread.
A little gentle prodding back in the right direction -- reiterating a question, or asking follow-ups, for example -- is totally fine, but we don't consider discussions to belong to the original poster.