Let's say posterJohn created a topic about:"The best way to get from Zakopane to Gdansk?"
The first post is answered by postieEwa and is on topic and answers the question. For example:
If you don't know Poland yet, taking a bus would be a good idea. There are many private transportation companies and you won't have a problem choosing the one that fits your needs. Another option is to take a train, but you'd probably have to go to Krakow first and then get a direct connection to Gdansk from there. Last time I took a train from Krakow to Berlin and it was fun too :)
Then another person, posterDontcare, replies to Ewa, quoting her:
postieEwa: I took a train from Krakow to Berlin
Hey, I'm from Germany. Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
posterDontcare: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Ja wohl! It was a great trip. Are you from Berlin?
postieEwa: Are you from Berlin?
Yes. If you visit Germany let me know. Are you a student?
posterDontcare: Are you a student?
I'm not a student yet, but I'm trying to get a scholarship in Germany. Maybe you have experience in that?
And off-topic conversations between postieEwa and posterDontcare begin. Then another poster joins them and the discussion of 100 posts actually has 1 (ONE) relevant answer to the topic starter's thread.
In fact, the private conversations could be done via Private Mail
. But, obviously, most users don't care and don't respect the person who started the thread and stray off-topic.
It could as well happen without quoting attribution, but in reality it's harder then. Agree? :) If not, then do you care?