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Alzrius wrote:There are differences between evolving naturally and intended thread derailment (even if the derailment can be made in subtle manners).
Honestly, the whole "getting off-topic" reason for locking threads has always struck me as being incredibly poor.
Conversations, by their very nature, are fluid; topics change organically as people talk, and that's not a bad thing. I've been the OP in threads where the nature of the discussion has changed, and I've been a part of that change, only to suddenly find the thread locked for getting away from the original topic - it's frustrating, and unnecessary.
I honestly wish the mods here would stop doing that, or at least tone it back.
When someone is intentionally derailing a thread, that's cause for removing their posts - locking the entire thread because of that is just giving the derailers what they want (e.g. the original topic is no longer being discussed).