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The Chat Room: A place to talk about this and that

Just Want to Talk | Last Active: Jan 22 1:04pm | Replies (169)

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@colleenyoung

@sunnyflower @jesfactsmon, welcome to the Chat Room. We were talking in another discussion about how easily discussions can go off topic. It's great to connect and talk about all manner of things. But it's also important to respect the topic of the discussion thread. To know the topic, simply take not of the subject line of the email. That will guide you.

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@colleenyoung

Hi Colleen, yup, I agree, as far as not respecting the original topic of the discussion, I am definitely guilty as charged. I decided to go back and review my posts since Sept. 1st of which I counted 211. Here is where I see myself having flown off topic the most wildly:

TENS discussion – 4 or 5 posts – pep talk to several people about dealing with unsympathetic close friends/family – John came in at one point and tried to reel this discussion back in; it didn't seem to work

Shingrix discussion – 6 posts about my wife's breast cancer treatment – this was REALLY off topic, and I must say that I actually felt a little uncomfortable at the time this happened.

CIDP discussion – got a lot into God and religion; I can see that one was particularly off topic and I WAS a participant

There are quite a few other places where I posted a single response to another person about something that they mentioned that was not on topic. I don't think you view this as a problem also do you? In most cases I was simply responding to someone else's comment. But maybe you would like people to self monitor in these cases as well and try not to respond to the person? Looking for guidance here.

I admit I do have a tendency to spin off onto ideas that are sometimes not relevant to the current topic, as evidenced above. I can tell you, now that I am more fully aware of this, I will definitely try to reel myself in a little better, as well as see if I can make better use of the private messaging option. I am glad you are pointing this out (again). I hope this is the last time you will need to, at least to me anyway.

Best to you, Hank