There's been a few complaints recently about threads going off-topic, "derailing," as it were. I agree, it can be very annoying when a thread on a specific author or book suddenly explodes into a debate on postmodernism, or politics, or what-not.
On the other hand, when someone raises a point about postmodernism, or politics (or what-not), it is understandable that someone else might want to respond to them. What to do?
The James Randi Educational Forum, which appears to use the same forum template as this one, has a policy whereby a moderator is able to split a thread that has gone off-track, shifting the wayward posts to what is effectively a new thread under it's own title. Would it be possible to implement such a policy here? I am aware that this would increase the moderators' workload, and fully understand if they dislike the idea.
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