Overflow threads are set apart for side discussions (especially leeeengthy comments and perennial stoushes), as part of our system for keeping other threads on-topic.
They are meant as constructive spaces to give these tangential engagements room to build without disrupting either the on-topic discussions on active threads or the break-from-the-routine vibe on the weekly open threads. Drape a Big Purple OzBlog haze over the combined zeitgeist of John Quiggin‘s Sandpit, Pharyngula‘s Thunderdome, and Feministe‘s #spillover – let’s see what happens.
This particular Overflow thread’s publication has been prompted by rumblings of horserace speculation regarding the Labor leadership in Mark’s We’re Back thread. We recognise that this is a matter that some people are deeply interested in, but it’s also a matter that the LP hivemind does not find particularly interesting and does not plan to post about, so that leadership speculation will be off-topic on other posts here. Indulge yourselves here instead, please.
As time passes, discussion of other issues deemed off-topic on other threads will also be directed to the latest overflow thread, so as to avoid distracting thread clutter. As a pre-emptive ruling, scorning Q&A belongs on Overflow threads rather than Open threads (eta: except when one of the LP collective decides to live-blog it).
Please help us keep discussions focussed by making an effort to not cross the streams.
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