Keeping on Topic in Forums

Hello world. todays topic is about forums and how they seem to degenerate into slanging zones for people more worried about how they are seen and not about the content in the forum.

Do you find this problem? i mean, a person may log into a forum and post a topic about using MSN Messenger and before long there is an all out blue about mothers staying at home and not working hard enough. (Thats todays example) Go into any forum and there is a good chance many of the topics have a change of agenda before the final post is posted. I find the geeks and techs or (dorks like me) are less prone to leaving the topic and launching a personal attack on some one who does not agree with someones opinion. 

Forums are great but the challenge is to keep them on topic.

 

What are your thoughts and experiences? 

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