Silently watch what others talk - a wise dictum to follow!Friends,
The words in this title are what appear in the descriptive text at the top, for our forum section. How many of us follow this hint?! That is, when we have nothing worthwhile to say, do we just silently watch what others talk or jump in to create a needless ruckus?
Also, from now onward, when somebody drops in to a thread where you are having an interesting discussion & creates a problem, I would like to suggest trying out something, using an analogy. Let's suppose I board a bus or a train with a friend. We both do not get seats near each other. Instead, she may be seated a little away, with other people in-between or perhaps even across the aisle from me. Nevertheless, we want to converse with each other. So we do so, totally ignoring those seated in-between us and talking around them so to say (of course not talking in public about something very private & personal, but just some general talk!)
Similarly, consider yourself a thread initiator or a participant in the discussion of the thread's topic. Now somebody drops in-between, taking the thread totally off-track or making some snide remark about what somebody said. You should continue your conversation (discussion) with the others, talking around this needless interferer. Do not counter-respond to him/her. Simply ignore and pretend he/she does not exist at all in that thread. Eventually, this member will be left talking to himself/herself!! If such an interferer creates problems in a thread, please just report it to a forum editor. Do not start a spat with him/her and spoil the thread further.
As the forum text clearly states, "You are welcome to actively participate in our forum discussions, share your thoughts, express your views or silently watch what others talk." Follow this wise dictum please!