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This thread was archived on 10 April 2010 by Calebchiam.

Although the Yew grove and RfA's are by no means official "forums", it is distracting and at times irritating when users bring up unrelated issues. It distracts from the topic's main purpose, sometimes killing the main discussion all together. I think we should draft a new policy or add a provision to RS:NOT stipulating something like this...

Users posting in a discussion should keep the focus of their comments on the main discussion or debate. Unrelated comments or comments on issues that may be uncovered in the discussion but are unrelated to the original topic, such as a policy violation by a posting user (except for RS:UTP violations), are not permitted, as they may distract from the discussion at hand.

Obviously a VERY rough draft, as it is kind of hard to define what is and what is not on topic. --Aburnett(Talk) 20:48, March 27, 2010 (UTC)

Discussion

Support - As nom. --Aburnett(Talk) 20:48, March 27, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - As you said, it's hard to define what is and what is not on topic. --LiquidTalk 20:51, March 27, 2010 (UTC)

Kinda shot myself in the foot there, didn't I... Blush I guess this would have to be limited to very concrete examples, such as someone pointing out an issue with a users signature and starting a debate about signature policy in a topic about images. Basically this would just be used to prevent people from starting discussion that was totally removed from the discussion. --Aburnett(Talk) 20:59, March 27, 2010 (UTC)
In other words, very specific stuff. The stuff that would fit specifications that specific occur so rarely that it's pointless to create a whole wiki policy for. --LiquidTalk 00:26, March 28, 2010 (UTC)

Comment/Slight Oppose - If this is about my little out of place discussion, I apologize, and I have stricken-through it. It was inappropriate. But I do not see the need for a policy on it. As it is not an extremely common occurrence, and I don't see what you are going to do to enforce it. It would be easier just to remind people to stay on subject. HaloTalk 20:53, March 27, 2010 (UTC)

Yes Haloolah, your comment did remind me of this issue, but you are by no means the only reason for my bringing this up. I've noticed a large number of off-topic conversations, it just happened to be after yours that I said "why not bring up a discussion on this". No need to apologize. --Aburnett(Talk) 20:59, March 27, 2010 (UTC)
I still have yet to see a need for a policy. I mean, should someone be banned if they break it or what? And if nothing happens to their account, then I don't think we need a policy, it would (as I said above), be easier just to remind them to stay on topic. HaloTalk 21:01, March 27, 2010 (UTC)
Just so people have a reason to tell people to stay on topic. Right now, nothing requires it. --Aburnett(Talk) 21:03, March 27, 2010 (UTC)
I don't see the need for a policy for that. Just like you told me. If it appears to be off topic, tell them to bring it up in another forum, problem solved. HaloTalk 21:07, March 27, 2010 (UTC)
A valid point. I'll just let this run its course, but I see the problems you guys have pointed out. --Aburnett(Talk) 21:09, March 27, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - Because it is rediculous to not be allowed to point out if someone violates a policy with what they said/did. Ancient talisman.png Oil4 Talk 22:19, March 27, 2010 (UTC)

Closed - A policy regarding off-topic discussions will not be created. C.ChiamTalk 04:39, April 10, 2010 (UTC)