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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2007 04:42 pm
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I don't think it's possible to completely stay on topic. I'm not sure that I know what being on topic means anymore. Some of the best conversations are one's that stray off topic. To try and start it up again on a newly created thread tends to lose the momemtum that had built up.

If a thread starts as an incident about the Civil War, and then someone mentions a similar incident that occurred in the American Revolution, is that on or off topic?

What if we start talking about the Gatling Gun's use in the Civil War and someone wants to tie it into the use of machine guns in WWI. Should they start a new thread somewhere else?

Say we start talking about Lincoln's and 1860's contemporary thoughts on the legality of secession. Is it wrong to discuss Washington's Whiskey Rebellion, the Hartford Convention of 1814, and how Andrew Jackson would have handled insurrection?

 

Just my one cent.

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