Edit I think this is the best circle but if not please redirect me.
Hi everyone, I have seen other users' posts get derailed, and I'm sure I've derailed others' posts ... and then it happened to me.
My post was about institutional capture, and a health care professional who does good work in the NICU being railroaded (imo, haven't talked to her yet) into the "pregnant people" newspeak.
It got derailed into a chat about the medicalization of pregnancy.
That is a huge issue, and a good and important discussion to have. I have lots of opinions in that area and I'm happy to discuss them.
But it was not what I was posting about, so I stopped looking at the thread.
If someone notes an issue which arises from a post, she can make a separate post - even referencing the original as a starting point - and thus a new discussion.
That leads to more focused discussions on both the original and new posts.
Otherwise the OP (like me) might just bail on the chat, and all the otherwise useful discussion gets lost in the shuffle.