We want this site to be a helpful way to get direct answers to questions. On the other hand, we want to be friendly to people trying to help out even when their replies aren’t the immediate perfect answer.
In the thread After using USB to install Fedora 33, can't reformat the USB, @lcts offers some detailed information, @computersavvy notes that it’s probably more confusing than helpful to the specific situation, and @lcts says “True, sorry for the noise ”. (I’m tagging the two of you to bring you into the conversation, not to call you out, by the way. Not attempting to shame or anything!)
I’d like to avoid the typical forum problem of future visitors having to wade through this kind of thing to get real answers. On the other hand, I’d like to avoid a harsh “no having fun” feel like Some Other Q&A Sites sometimes fall into.
What I’d like to happen in cases like this is for the person who posted the digression to not feel like they have to apologize in the thread (which in the end just causes more noise), and for someone who notices a digression to be able to bring it up elsewhere (like, here, or maybe in a linked Matrix chat room?) without anyone feeling personally attacked, and then all of the digression either moved to a new thread or just deleted.
What do you all think about this? Am I over-thinking it? Should we have guidelines around this? Should moderators be encouraged to “clean up”? Or… is it just okay as it is?