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  •  The definition of threadjacking (5+ / 0-)
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    XenuLives, coquiero, twigg, tytalus, Brecht

    And I note that the founder of a different group has recommended your threadjacking comments. Hmmm.

    7. Threadjacking.
    This is a fun one, because it truly is subjective on a variety of levels. Threadjacking is diverting a comment thread from its original focus. Based on this definition, it's actually hard to find any comment thread with more than 10 comments that doesn't have some threadjacking involved. Our diaries are less of a dictate on what to discuss, and more of a starting point for a free-wheeling discussion. So 99 percent of threadjacking is fine, and actually is what makes our comment threads so much fun.

    The actual problem is with malicious threadjacking — the kind of threadjacking designed to derail a productive conversation, whether because the 'jacker hates the diarist, or because s/he is unhappy with the topic of discussion. This is obviously a problem in areas in which the community is internally divided. And it's one of those things that can't be easily defined.

    The best way to call out an explicit threadjack is when it occurs together with a violation of one of the other rules — usually the one against personal insults.

    I'll leave it to other readers to decide whether to sanction this blatant threadjacking, or whether to leave this revealing comment behavior visible.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 06:00:46 AM PDT

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