A reminder about hijacking

  Forum Editor 22:00 15 May 06

I thought it might be worth reminding some of our newer members that it's not good practice to hijack someone else's thread.

Highjacking is a fairly dramatic word to describe something that seems to be happening a little too often of late, and I think it's because many new members may not fully understand the problem it can create.

If you visit a thread in which someone is asking for advice about say, returning a faulty item to a particular supplier, you might be tempted to join in, and say "I've been having a similar problem with another supplier - what should I do?" and then go on to explain all the circumstances of your problem. Others might then post advice for you, and the originator of the thread has to sit there and watch as you debate your problem with othjer forum members. That's called highjacking, and it can be very irritating, both to the originator of the thread, and to those who were trying to help him/her.

Another irritant is the fact that (unless he or she removed the tick from the relevant box when starting the thread) an automatic email is sent to the originator each time a response is posted - including each time you post about your problem.

All in all it's a bit of a pain, and we would rather you didn't do it. I've been receiving email complaints from people to whom this has happened, and in from now on I'm going to start deleting instances of hijacking if they begin to look long-winded. I'll notify the person concerned when I do it, but it would be better all round if it didn't happen.

  shunter02 09:34 16 May 06

I'm guilty of this & will try not to in the future.

  Forum Editor 00:01 17 May 06

Thank you.

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