The 8 Stages of a Typical Railwire Thread

  1. Member posts a sincere request for help.
  2. Well-meaning but clueless members offer unhelpful anecdotal information.
  3. Know-it-alls correct the unhelpful posts, without answering OPís question.
  4. Multiple parallel off-topic discussions ensue, expanding thread drift.
  5. One or two genuinely helpful replies are lost in the noise of off-topic banter.
  6. Moderators attempt to tone down the increasingly tense rhetoric.
  7. Discussion devolves into jokes posted by wise-asses.
  8. Video clips from The Simpsons, South Park or Archer bring the thread to a close.

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