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Feb 19, 2014 11:24 PM

When crazed people hijack a thread


So there's a discussion with a specific topic, posted on an appropriate board.

And then.....whooosh....someone comes in and riffs on the topic, kinda, rarely having actual knowledge of the place or topic being discussed. Often with one loooooong paragraph punctuated with occasional words in all caps.

How do you (not: "how does one") deal with this?

  1. I ignore it. Or I respond appropriately to it. I don't think it would ever ruin a thread for me. I might laugh, too.

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    1. re: SaraAshley

      It depends. Sometimes I report it. Sometimes (more and more these days), when it's the "in-crowd," I have no choice but to ignore it.

      If it's someone who seems to mean well, again I ignore it.

      If it's someone pushing an agenda, I admit there have been times when I help hijack the thread by going toe to toe with them. I've been trying not to do that, but when somebody just HAS to be right by citing a 20 year old "study" from The Wackado Center for Misinformation, then yeah - guilty.

      Edited to add - if the person is just plain angry I leave the thread alone. They probably have other problems, and Chowhound ain't gonna fix that.

      1. re: MplsM ary

        My course of action is the same as yours. I really have no problem ignoring threads if I want to. Honestly, if find so many posts on a particular thread annoying for whatever reason, I just move on. I don't cry because the "thread" was ruined. I use this site as entertainment. I'm not owed entertainment from it, though. And when I say entertainment, I mean that I am entertained by reading and responding to the topics that interest me.

        1. re: SaraAshley

          Maybe that's a difference. I use the site to learn. When some posters use it to "entertain" and then other "entertainers" pile on, it's damn annoying.

          1. re: c oliver

            Obviously I find value in the content to be entertained by it. Learning is entertaining to me. If food did not interest me, I would find this site boring, and thus, not very entertaining.

        2. re: MplsM ary

          (Totally Off-Topic Reply)

          I love the term "Wackadoo Center for Misinformation", and will be using it as much as possible along with my standard "Captain Cuckoo Bananas". Hijack over.

        3. re: SaraAshley

          How do you ignore it? I wish there was a button, something like an ignore feature but less aggressive, maybe a "hide" button! Yeah we should discuss that possibility!

          1. re: jrvedivici

            Haha...sounds good! You should start a thread...errrr wait.....never mind.

        4. there are some odd people on here for sure.

          I had a post deleted because we were talking about farmed salmon in a wild salmon thread. but now its trusting obama in a why won't this kid eat a snack thread...

          I just skip over. If people want to go off topic the format of this site allows it to be non obtrusive and people can still respond to op or other posts.

          1. Not to answer a question with a question, but why do you feel the need to "deal" with it? There is already a system in place where you can flag it to call it to the mods attention then it's in their hands. Move on......what more is there to deal with?

            Just ignore it and move on. Seems pretty simple to me, and I'm not trying to come across as argumentative, just curious.

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            1. re: jrvedivici

              I flag a lot of stuff (ask the mods!), but that doesn't stop some people from seriously damaging a decent discussion.

              Just thought I'd open up a discussion here of what others do. It's still often quite frustrating.

              You're right, it's often simple. But sometimes people come through like a destructive hurricane, and I wondered what "you" do (as I wrote in the opener, not "what does one do").

              1. re: Elisa515

                I report those pretty regularly if I'm a part of the discussion. I continue to hope that the mods will tighten up on this.

                1. re: Elisa515

                  This is interesting ... I don't flag any of the chit chat, though it does bother me. I guess I thought it wasn't "flag worthy." I wonder if I started whether it would make a difference -- whether it would result in the posts getting removed or at least making the powers that be aware there is one more user who does not enjoy the mindless banter, or whether the mods would just get annoyed and tell me to stop flagging stuff that isn't per se violative.

                  I guess I could give it a try and find out. I do think it is sadly ironic that there are several posts in this thread alone that fall into this category...

                  1. re: charmedgirl

                    The mods are on record as having officially loosened the rules on chit chat, so I doubt flagging it will result in it being removed, but it's worth a try.

                    1. re: charmedgirl

                      We don't remove a few posts of chat by default, but if it's getting unfriendly or if it's really getting out of hand, you're welcome to Flag it. We may or may not actually take action on it, but we're happy to at least take a look.

                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        I'm betting most of us are occasionally offtopic and/or chatty but, for me, it becomes annoying when a thread with, say 25 replies, has a third of them be some offtopic, chatty riff frequently by a certain set of posters.

                2. A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, a galaxy known as USENET, we had a saying: DNFTT. Do not feed the trolls. Just ignore them.

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                  1. re: dbrodbeck

                    brodbeck - and on Salon it was "don't feed the energy creature"

                    same idea, no response and they go away.

                  2. Related question: how do you deal with someone who posts a rude and utterly gratuitous reply to an appropriate and really rather innocuous comment? (As you might have guessed, this happened to me -- I ignored it but still can't help wondering, WTF?)

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