Thread jacking is off-topic disruption of the discussion.
I prefer to leave you all alone unless the dialogue gets nasty or silly and other folks intend to stay on topic.
SHORT VERSION: Pretend I enjoy reading your posts for the sake of learning the topic of discussion.
HINT: A pleasant sense of humor sometimes makes a difference.
No. That is not possible. Moderator intervention does not imply judgement upon the "allowed" post being responded to.
Let by-gones be by-gones is the way.
I prefer not to censor any of your on-topic discussion . My goal is to lead the discussion back on track.
Sometimes off-topic discussion branches off into worthy discussion --- albeit of its own thread. Thus, I am going to try a different strategy to make members happy without them feeling censored.
When thread drift occurs too much in a particular case, I will create the new thread by splitting threads off the derailment. What do you all think of that strategy?
Yup. That works.
No. You did not hijack this thread. Quite the opposite.
HINT: There is nothing to win in the forum discussions.