First, good responses to tough questions are on bulletin boards. Then, we have to discuss a problem in order to get to the core issue of the matter. So, threads stay on topic for class discussions. Given, good netiquette to stay on the subject. Don’t change discussion issues in a thread.
Threads Stay on Topic
In any event, changing the subject of a conversation online is digitally disruptive. After, makes it harder to find the answers you need in the web discussions. Next, we waste time looking for answers. Alternatively, ask questions with several good answers already posted.
Given, class discussion contain the keys to difficult problems students have with the material. Then, changing the direction of an engagement is misleading. After, we may read a lot of unrelated content.
On the other hand, good answers may be hidden. Since, we have to look. Also, search feature brings up a post at a time. So, misplaced content may get in between us and the info we need.
Class Thread Topic
Questions that appear in the homework and quizzes are asked in the internet forum. And so, answered in the discussion. More than once. In many different ways. Entire class may see and participate.
Staying on topic for a particular thread makes it easier. Course participants locate the information they need when they need it. Since, many solutions are in a thread. We can read through from the beginning to get an understanding.
On the other hand, answer is hidden when subject is changed. Two part questions are tricky. First part easy. Multiple classmates answer. Way down at the bottom a partial solution to the second half. So, a partial question on the second half is made into a whole new topic. We need to read a lot of unrelated material for a complete answer.
Threads Stay on Topic Netiquette
Stay on topic because off topic posting is distracting.