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FYI: Off-Topic/Thread Jacking

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It will be deleted.

Good rules of thumb to know the difference between on-topic/off-topic is: Does your post address the OP topic, or another poster? Would it make any sense as msg.#2?

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There is a problem with trolls on some threads who seize any opportunity to hijack topics and replace them with their own agenda, other than the topic of the OP.

OP - User 1

ThreadTopic - Fast Car get fined?

A) I have a fast car, it's a Corvette it has been outlawed because of it's modifications to the fuel injection system. I'm thinking of returning it to stock condition to avoid fines

- on topic post 2

- on topic post 3

- on topic post 4

On-topic User 5
B) I have a Corvette too, when the new law came in, when the law came out, I had the fuel injection system modification removed and returned to stock condition by the XYZ garage who do all my work. But, I kept getting pulled over because the police suspected my fuel injection system was illegal. I asked One officer told me it was because it was red and had stripes painted on it, but I'm not going to change that.

Off topic - User 6
C) XYZ did my paint job too, my van is green, but no stripes. I don't think stripes look cool.

On-topic post- User 7
D) Stripes are cool, what are you talking about, I have them on my Harley's gas tank, but, that's besides the point That new law isn't fair, the only reason it was passed was because of street racers, not everybody with a fuel injection modification is a street racer.

Off topic User 5 again
E) I have stripes on my Harley gas tank too, it matches my ' Vette.

Hijacked/Flame War ensues - User 6 again
F) Stripes look stupid, but you ride a motorcycle, so it figures.

- Etc.

What do C, D, E, and F, have to do with the topic of the OP?
Do these posts address the topic of the OP, or other posters?
Only "D" is a valid on-topic post, as it addresses the topic of the OP (poster tries to bring the thread back on-topic)

A good rule of thumb to determine whether one's comment is "on-topic" before you post, is to check to see if it relates to the OP, not just a part of the post preceding it, addressing both the post and the topic, and not just addressing the poster.

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