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Re: Topic Drift

From: Larry Hatch <larryhat@jps.net>
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 1999 01:40:14 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Feb 1999 17:55:44 -0500
Subject: Re: Topic Drift

>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Sean Jones <tedric@tedric.demon.co.uk>
>Subject: Topic Drift

>topic drift /n./ Term used on GEnie, use.net and other
>electronic fora to describe the tendency of a thread to drift
>away from the original subject of discussion (and thus, from the
>Subject: header of the originating message), or the results of
>that tendency. Often used in gentle reminders that the
>discussion has strayed off any useful track,i.e. "I think we
>started with a question about K Randle's last book, but we've
>ended up discussing the sexual habits of the common marmoset.
>Now _that's_ topic drift!"


>[Nice one, Sean.--ebk <VBG>]

Dear Sean, EBK and list:

I could not help but note "topic drift" on any number of threads
on various email lists.

I suppose it is inevitable.

There's little one can do about it besides complain. Maybe the
drift serves some good purpose at times, even if it is

So what I do? If I feel an urge to respond to an posting which
had drifted far from the originally thread, I simply change the
SUBJECT line to match!

[Larry also drops header lines too --ebk*]

All the more so, if I am causing the drift myself, as in this
pseudo sentence which has no subject or predicate either!

Best wishes

-  Larry Hatch

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