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    Rules are rules I guess, but I never understood why that bothers some folks so much. And, I'm not just referring to this forum, as this seems to be a common pet peeve of some across all forums. Do those of you who get annoyed at thread drift become just as annoyed in a verbal conversation that drifts? Do you call out the participants of verbal conversations that allow the subject to remind them of a similar subject and let the conversation evolve? I am of the opinion that it is totally natural for a conversation's subject matter to drift/evolve and that it is not necessarily a negative thing. Please, do not think I am picking on anyone here. I am just curious, as I have never understood this phenomenon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal View Post
    I'm not just referring to this forum, as this seems to be a common pet peeve of some across all forums. .
    That should tell you something there.
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    I've been on the internet since before there was an internet. I started out with a 300 baud acoustic telephone coupler. My college dorm mates loved to come by my room and whistle as it would confuse the computer and lock it up. I've been on hundreds of online forums since the days of dial-up bulletin board systems.

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    I see this whole topic as a simple matter of respect. If a person posts a question about something specific, respect the person and his question. If you have a thought about something else, rather than drag the original post off into the weeds, simply start your own post where I'm sure you will find plenty of people who will continue the discussion!

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    Mr. Gadget,

    With all due respect, I guess 'what it tells me' is that thread drift is human nature and there are intolerant people to found, no matter what forum one gets on.

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    Yes it is human nature and always will be. Some really good stuff has arisen from threat drift that other wise never would have been brought up. There are a rare few thread drifts that come have one of deleted.....rare.
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    Hal

    I guess that you want to label people as "intolerant people" because they want to follow SOP or rules.

    That is fine if you want to do that.
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    So, to get back on track here, would anyone care to answer the questions in my original post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal View Post
    Rules are rules I guess, but I never understood why that bothers some folks so much. And, I'm not just referring to this forum, .
    Does it bother you when people don't follow rules?
    Are rules made for the some and not others?

    If you don't understand why people are expected to follow rules then I'm not sure you would understand the answers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Holland View Post
    I see this whole topic as a simple matter of respect. If a person posts a question about something specific, respect the person and his question. If you have a thought about something else, rather than drag the original post off into the weeds, simply start your own post where I'm sure you will find plenty of people who will continue the discussion!
    John,
    I agree 100% it is all about respect. If they don't respect the rules they will never respect the person.

    It is about doing the right thing.
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