When a group of people meet for whatever reason the conversation ebbs and flows and changes direction. In a pub or other social gathering this is totally unmoderated (assuming no laws are broken) and self limiting by the time available and people’s tolerance to the views being stated.
In a business setting a meeting might be governed by an agenda, certainly by time available and overall a sense of being useful to the enterprise hosting the meeting.
A forum such as this really falls into a more social meeting as it is open to the public and usually hard fact is thin on the ground but opinions are rife.
I have opened this topic to review the part of the Community Code of Conduct that refers to avoiding derailling of threads. I agree deliberate and possibly malicious derailling is to be moderated but we seem to have excessive moderation and splitting/merging for the slightest digression from the thread topic.
I agree that we don’t want a hostile environment but at the moment I think we are in danger of stifling normal conversation.