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Offline Bob

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Can we stay on topic please?
« on: December 23, 2006, 03:11:41 AM »
I keep clicking on threads, start reading, and then the thread goes off in some direction other than what it started in.  And usually, that direction is not remotely related to the original thread at all.  It's getting annoying.

(steps down off soapbox)


And no posting on this thread unless it's on topic.
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Offline ihatepop

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #1 on: December 23, 2006, 03:45:50 AM »
I also feel the same way, but I don't think that there is anyway that we can stop people from changing the topic. :-\

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #2 on: December 23, 2006, 03:13:04 PM »
Indeed.

Did i ever tell you about my neighbours refrigerator?

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Offline mad_max2024

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #3 on: December 23, 2006, 03:26:16 PM »
I also feel the same way, but I don't think that there is anyway that we can stop people from changing the topic. :-\

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That's easy, just make topics about religion...
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Offline arbisley

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #4 on: December 23, 2006, 04:57:18 PM »
or about whether perfect pitch is naturaly acquired or can be learned....

That's the whole fun of topics, that they do stray onto different paths. But maybe it's annoying because they are so remote and get stuck on the same thing over and over again and it always pops up in "new replies to your posts" and you can't get rid of it....

Offline maul

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #5 on: December 23, 2006, 06:57:01 PM »
Now now Bob, we don't want to turn this place into a nazi moderated black and white cookie cutter forum do we? No. I believe we want natural discussion which will evolve in whatever way it is meant to based on the interaction of human beings.

Offline debussy symbolism

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #6 on: December 23, 2006, 10:09:48 PM »
Greetings.

I find the extemporaneous deviation from the original topics quite endearing actually. It only supports the perpetual growth of the topic. The mind isn't a computer that can only stay on task. That is what makes us human, is that we can discuss and evalutate different points with different eyes, and with positive consequences indeed. A prim topic is a prim topic, with no spice in it, thus ending all wonder. But a topic that is mulit-faceted and highly opinionated is bound to stir emotions and make us wonder.

Offline jakev2.0

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #7 on: December 23, 2006, 10:10:38 PM »
Quote
I find the extemporaneous deviation from the original topics quite endearing actually. It only supports the perpetual growth of the topic. The mind isn't a computer that can only stay on task. That is what makes us human, is that we can discuss and evalutate different points with different eyes, and with positive consequences indeed. A prim topic is a prim topic, with no spice in it, thus ending all wonder. But a topic that is mulit-faceted and highly opinionated is bound to stir emotions and make us wonder.

Salutations

I must respectfully disagree, my good chap. *adjusts monocle* For you see, the circumlocutory nebulosity of such a pelle-melle extemporeanaouaoieityious approach to discussion may result in little more than a gnathic post-ante-diluvian-contrappuntal verisimilitude.  Good day. To the Old Bailey, Jeeves!

Indeed.

Did i ever tell you about my neighbours refrigerator?

Thal

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Offline thalbergmad

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #8 on: December 23, 2006, 10:24:59 PM »
That used to be the longest surname in the UK until the Poles arrived.

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Offline jakev2.0

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #9 on: December 23, 2006, 10:30:10 PM »
Evidently you haven't met my friend Sir. Oliver P. Antidisestablishmentarian, P hd, OBE, BBQ, LOL.

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #10 on: December 23, 2006, 10:35:15 PM »
Its Antidisestablishmentarianism.

He gets narked if you spell his name wrong.

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #11 on: December 24, 2006, 02:24:36 AM »
Salutations

I must respectfully disagree, my good chap. *adjusts monocle* For you see, the circumlocutory nebulosity of such a pelle-melle extemporeanaouaoieityious approach to discussion may result in little more than a gnathic post-ante-diluvian-contrappuntal verisimilitude.  Good day. To the Old Bailey, Jeeves!




Interesting sentence structure there. :)

Offline pies

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #12 on: December 24, 2006, 07:57:58 AM »
There are too many people on here that write in a very scholarly manner. This is a forum, not a damn master's thesis.

Oops I'm getting off topic.  :o

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #13 on: December 24, 2006, 11:05:24 AM »
It would sometimes nice to keep things tight and on topic, but without a little looseness we would never have been born. :)
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Offline arbisley

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #14 on: December 24, 2006, 11:41:02 AM »
except if we made sure the elements of sexual intercourse were strictly held to necessity of reproduction and were constrained so as not to procure any pleasure to either individual partaking in the arduous activity  ;D

Offline Bob

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #15 on: December 26, 2006, 07:47:44 PM »
Just start a new thread for spinoff conversations.  Maybe there's a way to add a "new topic" button on the thread so it's easy.
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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #16 on: December 27, 2006, 04:12:51 PM »
All children should be conceived in a Lab :)
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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #17 on: December 27, 2006, 11:10:40 PM »
It's not a good idea to make users responsible for failures of the forum software. These bulletin boards suck hard, but they are the standard on the net for a reason I'll never understand. If this forum was accessible via NNTP with a web interface for people who don't know the difference between the internet and the web, a new thread could fork off with a different subject. Even in HTML forums you can create a tree structure that would allow for basically the same thing. But it's always the worst solution that is accepted by men, no matter what subject one is talking about. Any discussion will drift if it gets long enough - I suppose there is no way to prevent this. And with the question about adding a button or so - you're probably asking at the wrong place. The admin won't do any changes to the software for fear that updates to newer versions won't work.

Offline arbisley

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #18 on: December 28, 2006, 10:01:40 AM »
We have a topic which stays on the subject, and look, itīs short and not particularly interesting! I agree that long spin offs are a pain, but little asides make it so much more fun.

I didnīt know there were other solutions available, as you said, with a "tree" structure to the conversations, but I suppose the admins want simple minded surfers to be able to keep up with what is happening in the conversations ...

Offline ihatepop

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #19 on: December 28, 2006, 11:49:13 AM »
That's easy, just make topics about religion...

Ok now you're ruining everything. >:(

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #20 on: December 30, 2006, 12:56:03 AM »

Interesting sentence structure there. :)


It is my inferrence that Jake was conceiving a somewhat solipsist soliloquy in your vernacular milieu to abase you for your flagrant and often flammical use/misuse of archaic verbiage and pedanty, not to solemnize your floccinaucinihilipilification.  A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #21 on: December 30, 2006, 02:04:54 AM »

It is my inferrence that Jake was conceiving a somewhat solipsist soliloquy in your vernacular milieu to abase you for your flagrant and often flammical use/misuse of archaic verbiage and pedanty, not to solemnize your floccinaucinihilipilification.  A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

Thank you "Soliloquy" for reminding me how Jake was conceiving his paragraph to remind me of my sloppy useage of "archaic" grammar. ;)

There must always be irony on forums...

Offline jakev2.0

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #22 on: December 30, 2006, 04:50:09 AM »

It is my inferrence that Jake was conceiving a somewhat solipsist soliloquy in your vernacular milieu to abase you for your flagrant and often flammical use/misuse of archaic verbiage and pedanty, not to solemnize your floccinaucinihilipilification.  A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

Globularly centrific observation.

Offline invictious

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #23 on: December 30, 2006, 06:37:36 AM »
Very interesting suggestion here.

We are actually rather mature here, compared to other forums like guitar (shudders).

It's nice to be flamefree and a mature forum here.

Oh yes, remember how Lisitsa killed her husband by playing Rachmaninoff?
Bach - Partita No.2
Scriabin - Etude 8/12
Debussy - L'isle Joyeuse
Liszt - Un Sospiro

Goal:
Prokofiev - Toccata

>LISTEN<

Offline ihatepop

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #24 on: December 30, 2006, 12:55:59 PM »
Oh yes, remember how Lisitsa killed her husband by playing Rachmaninoff?

BEEP BEEP BEEP security alarms triggered! You have just changed the topic.

This offense is even worse in this case! You are changing the topic of a thread discussing changing the topic!

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #25 on: December 30, 2006, 02:04:54 PM »
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Offline pianowolfi

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #26 on: December 31, 2006, 12:02:39 PM »

It's nice to be flamefree


I am not flamefree :P

Offline arbisley

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #27 on: January 06, 2007, 08:53:44 AM »
going off topic...

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #28 on: January 06, 2007, 09:17:46 AM »
I say it's completely OK to veer off topic in the Anything but piano room. Not as much on the Piano board... There are actually people who are not very intrigued to read about Alkan when they wanted advice on a Bach fugue. (Disclaimer, just in case: this is a made-up example to crudely illustrate my point; I can't post a link here to such a thread. ::) )
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Offline ihatepop

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #29 on: January 06, 2007, 10:25:35 AM »
Are you "Road Runner"?

Nope. I'm not good at running, nor jumping, nor any ball games. I am, as you say, a sports noob. :(

The only sports I play are badminton, a bit of golf and swimming.

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #30 on: January 12, 2007, 05:29:49 PM »
How many hours would one have to keep replaying Mendelsohn's "Spinning Song" in order to set a world record?

Cats are among the few species able to monitor their surroundings when they sleep.


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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #31 on: January 13, 2007, 12:19:37 PM »
How many hours would one have to keep replaying Mendelsohn's "Spinning Song" in order to set a world record?

As long as your fingers can permit.

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #32 on: April 11, 2007, 12:04:05 PM »

It is my inferrence that Jake was conceiving a somewhat solipsist soliloquy in your vernacular milieu to abase you for your flagrant and often flammical use/misuse of archaic verbiage and pedanty, not to solemnize your floccinaucinihilipilification.  A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

skepto, i want an english lesson from you. me english quasi primitive and plain boring.
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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #33 on: April 11, 2007, 12:06:53 PM »
skepto, i want an english lesson from you. me english quasi primitive and plain boring.

sorry its off topic, but i can't help it.
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Offline virtuosic1

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #34 on: April 13, 2007, 06:37:50 AM »
Indeed.

Did i ever tell you about my neighbours refrigerator?

Thal

Oddly enough, one day, in a pyrotechnic fit of roid-rage, I put my fist right through the side of a refrigerator! Incredible, but true.

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #35 on: April 13, 2007, 12:27:33 PM »
so much for telling women about their PMS.  i tell you, eggs are the way to go.  they damage easily but are relatively cost effective to clean up.  and, they don't cause damage to your hands. 

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«Reply #36 on: April 13, 2007, 08:30:58 PM »
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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #37 on: April 18, 2007, 07:11:23 AM »
so much for telling women about their PMS.  i tell you, eggs are the way to go.  they damage easily but are relatively cost effective to clean up.  and, they don't cause damage to your hands. 
Depends whose eggs they are, surely. I mean, you'd not waste yours on such an exercise, would you, Susan?...

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #38 on: April 18, 2007, 07:13:05 AM »
PMS
Poor Mrs. Susan, n'est-ce pas?...

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #39 on: April 22, 2007, 10:39:18 PM »
Bob, welcome to the internet.
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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #40 on: April 30, 2007, 04:38:41 AM »
OHHHHHH BOB!!!!

I have the best idea for you!!

If you want to talk about a certain topic, just go to a totally unrelated thread and start talking about it.  Then you'll get to talk about your topic, and chances are good people won't hijack that thread because it's already BEEN hijacked.

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #41 on: April 30, 2007, 01:23:26 PM »
hen you'll get to talk about your topic, and chances are good people won't hijack that thread because it's already BEEN hijacked.

But then what about the BAD people?

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #42 on: June 23, 2007, 10:16:31 AM »
I agree with the first post by Bob. You begin reading some thread that is interesting and it turns out to be so boring. Most of it is pointless faces or symbols...I don't read many threads any more...

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #43 on: June 29, 2007, 11:45:41 AM »
My refrigerator is like a microwave.

Discuss!
Bach - Partita No.2
Scriabin - Etude 8/12
Debussy - L'isle Joyeuse
Liszt - Un Sospiro

Goal:
Prokofiev - Toccata

>LISTEN<

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Re: Can we stay on topic please?
«Reply #44 on: July 01, 2007, 12:49:01 PM »
How does the answer "NO" suit you Invictious? LOL

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