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Monday, April 24, 2006

Comment Type #7

OFF TOPIC

An off-topic comment is one that is not about the topic of the original message (on a message board) or the original blog entry (on a blog). Such a post is sometimes met with opposition due to the way it can distract from the original point and discussion. This is a classic Troll technique, to post something to deflect attention away from the original point so that it is ignored and not discussed.

However, an off-topic post is not always disliked or improper. Some comment sections get so long they lose the point or have thoroughly discussed a topic and can use a break. Some posts are actually designed for discussion and have no topic at all. And sometimes an off-topic post can be so much fun it is accepted as part of the discussion.

EXAMPLE:
On the 5th of April, 2006 an interesting mathematical occurrence happened early in the morning at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 A.M. in the morning. The time date was

01:02:03 04/05/06.

This happens once a century, and of course, next year the clock will tick by 02:03:04 05/06/07 but that's the fun you get in the early years of the century. I posted about this on Right Wing News, and a few commenters followed up with some fun:
Hey Chris 6 hour 6 minutes and 6 seconds later it was. 04/05/06 07:08:09.
by mr2trucker


Does this mean that Armageddon will happen on 6:06:06 06/06/06?
Also, will Armageddon occur on Eastern, Central or Universal time?
by Kingfisher


"Also, will Armageddon occur on Eastern, Central or Universal time?"


Gotta be Pacific Standard Time, the beast dwells in Los Angeles and all that ;)
by Christopher_Taylor


"Also, will Armageddon occur on Eastern, Central or Universal time?"

It will be a rolling Armageddon. Kinda like the millenium celebration. All you guys out in California will get to see the other time zones devoured in chaos and flames before it's your turn.
by Mike_M
This sort of post doesn't add much to the discussion at hand, but can be fun and entertaining for readers as it gives a break from arguments and other common features, as well as just being something to make you smile or at least think a bit. A small amount of off topic posting or such commenting done in the right areas adds some spice to any message board. Just don't over do it.

2 Comments:

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