Somwhat innocent threads can stretch into lengthy verbal punch-ons at the drop of a hat. Instead of waiting for the 30-odd messages to take shape over the course of a few days/weeks, we can condense it into the following thread summary: 1 Initial Post of harmless topic 2 Forum smart arses post quick witted comments :wink: 3 Initial Poster posts "tongue out" smiley at forum smart arses 4 Someone posts a link to a previous thread and points out the search function :idea: 5 Initial poster apologies for the re-post 6 Forum smart arses point out the Initial Posters propensity for ignorance 7 Initial Poster posts "tongue out" smiley at forum smart arses 8 Forum irregulars post useless inane observations 9 Forum debunker points out that the Initial Post is probably flawed :? 10 Other forum regulars comment that they notice the same thing :? 11 Forum whacko points out that a completely unrelated fact proves that it isn't flawed :x 12 Level headed forum members debate the merit of both positions :?: 13 Forum smart arse posts a joke no-one gets :?: 14 Forum whacko takes offence to forum smart arses comments :evil: 15 Forum smart arse politely points out the sarcasm :? 16 Forum whacko apologies for not getting the joke, and makes another joke 17 Forum debunker posts scathing, lengthy, mutli quoting post to try and shoot down forum whacko :evil: 18 Forum regular who just logged on makes comment on the first smarted arsed comment 19 Level headed forum members make more observations about the original thread 20 Forum whacko posts short rebuttal, hoping for the quick kill :twisted: 21 Forum wisehead makes lengthy life-experience comment on why the whacko is wrong 22 Forum debunker quotes wisehead in resigned manner :roll: 23 Level headed forum members post questions for both sides of argument :?: 24 Forum smart arses provide smart-arsed answers 25 Forum regulars posts unrelated jibes to each other, completely off topic 26 Forum noob posts cheeky swipe at regulars, even more off topic 27 Forum whacko posts full page diatribe 2 hours in the making with heaps of swearwords :evil: 28 Forum regulars finish off light hearted jibes to each other 29 Forum smart arses post quips directed at the whacko 30 Forum level heads attempt to create calm 31 Forum wisehead makes snappy one-liner which should have killed argument 32 Forum debunker abuses whacko :evil: 33 Forum whacko abuses debunker :evil: 34 Forum noob quotes original message 35 Admin locks thread :!: This is just one of many paths a thread can take, but as you can see, even the most innocent thread can be doomed from the start.