I have noticed a regularly occurring theme recently.
1) Posts that are based on absurd, baseless notions that are then not supported by the OP.
2) Posts that are based on absurd, baseless notions. The OP then completely ignores any other posts in response and blindly charges forth with ever-increasingly odd posts that eventually aren't even on topic for their own thread.
3) The people becoming frustrated with this pattern are spoken to within the thread by the moderators and asked to *stay on topic*.
I do not intend to call out the moderators for #3 - I'm sure there is a reason it is handled that way. My issue is that little or no discipline is seen versus the OP. I believe these are threads with which the post/response rules apply yet I'm struggling to recall a time when the usual thread rules apply.
It is usually:
OP: I have a completely baseless, strawman-ridden statement, that for a lack of simple google searching I will burden this board with.
Response1: Here is a google link, it took me 1 minute to find the answer to your incorrect statement. Do some searching before you post.
OP: Here is another statement based on my first one. It is a continuation of something that was already incorrect. Instead of finding the answers on my own I'll blindly post some more, and even though people are spoon-feeding me answers and corrections I'll blatantly ignore them.
Response2: Could you please not do that? Here's another correction for you. Why don't you try searching?
OP: Speaking of which, here is something unrelated that I randomly thought about. I know I'm right because I thought of it. Its about chickens.
Response3: Chickens!? What?
OP: Now we are moving on to black holes.
Anyway. I'm venting and I apologize. But it really is frustrating. Why is the OP not disciplined for, at the very least, not sticking to his/her own topic?