Originally Posted by delmarrey
It seems when threads get drawn out to any length it's hard to determine who the Original Poster (OP) was.
You can find out in one click.
Others intervene and start asking questions and the next thing you know people are arguing over the answers not know who's question was being answered, if that makes sense.
Does that make sense? not completely
- but I think I get the gist. You want somebody / something else to do OP's job for 'em.....easy enough for an OP to hold a thread broadly on subject (if they can be bothered), just have to accept (and enjoy!) when things go off on a tangent. IMO stamping of foot is kinda counter-productive.
Threads develop, that's just how forums
operate. A Blog would probably be better suited to keeping the subject on track and still allowing input from readers (with unwanted content being deleted by the OP for whatever reason they decided, but would probably attract less input for that very reason).
And sometimes a second or third person will take over the thread, or the OP will not even respond to the replies, especially with new members, or a troll.
Sometimes an OP will abandon a thread (for whatever reason - including it simply being too much of PITA to continue
. but that's just forums
)...but I would say that for some new Member
threads the OP does get them pulled into CF proper simply from the fact that others did get involved, even if the price
of that involves the topic wandering all over the place
. Kinda hard not to when the usual thread starter is summit like "What's the best RTW Scatter cushion for the Lounge
in my boat"
In any event a contribution to a Thread is not
written solely for the benefit of an OP (for that there is PM or E-mail) - also written for a wider audience, whether posting
on the thread or not. and for self
But most OP's just after some guidance rather than simple answers (and often confirmation of the answer they have already decided upon
obviously there are some who do want (need) simple answers: "What's it like to live somewhere else for 5 years - please only answer if you have brown hair, a 2002 Beneteau
and have done exactly what I probably won't be doing". "Thank you for wasting your time - get a life".
Can we get a signifier or color change attached to the OP's name while in their thread so we all know who's the real OP?
IMO it's more important to know what the subject is - and for a long thread there are often a number going on at the same time.....and which overlap as well as diverge from the original subject....so probably end up with a rainbow effect
...wrapped around nonsense.