@qbus371, if you are to delete the discussion posts on CI memes, then here’s a topic.
What does deleting old replies achieve?
Just because you delete any replies “Because they can lead to more” doesn’t make it right. You’re just banning replies outright no matter how you say it.
Chat is ok to discourage, but if someone makes a meme “Chickenauts at 3AM looking for B E A N S” and someone replies “Don’t call chickenaut at 3AM challange! [LOST ALL LIVES] [NOT CLICKBAIT]” would that count off-off-topic? Or any other reply? “Not laugh, didn’t funny”?
I understand if you make a topic, you should be the person to dictate what the topic is about and it’s focus, but you can’t bend the rules just because something doesn’t fit your vision for the topic. As in, if I made a idea topic where I asked people to leave suggestions about the attacks, but people instead criticised the design, well what can I do. Not what I intended, but it is fair and within the rules. I cannot dictate what each category is about myself, unless someone really goes off-topic. (For example an art contest and someone starts rambling about their favorite CI game). Replies about the content in the topics themselves aren’t off-off-topic in my opinion.
But that’s just me.
EDIT: “Forum is not a social platform.” It really depends. A lot of discussion boards have their own off-topic categories, just like most Discord servers. Even a server about some mobile game has 3 off-topic channels. This of course, is for the owners to decide. And since IA added the off-topic category in the way that they did, they clearly allow for off-topic content.
I mean imagine the forums without it. Almost dead, though perhaps that’s not the point. Again though, IA allows it and I think (aside from some bad behaviour) it makes the community stronger.