I spend a lot more time reading this forum than I do posting on this forum. Every day, it seems everyone wants to be the off-topic police - wasting their time telling other people to remain on topic, unleashing a chain reaction of posts that are ironically off-topic while trying to remind everyone to stay on topic. This is alarmingly true for the tracking thread topics, however, it still can be seen everywhere else on the forum. When will you realise that it’s much easier to flag things as off topic and move on with the conversation instead of contributing more to the problem in the very way that is the problem?
Sure, we get the point, you’re just trying to be helpful. The reality is that you would end up being more helpful by simply flagging the off-topic posts and letting the moderators delete them. Alternately, flag the post and speak with the user directly. Tell the person who posted that it is off-topic from the flagging menu. Save the “Now lets get back on topic” posts for the moderators and just flag things that you feel are too far off-topic.
Related to this, everyone seems very intimidated to just let the conversation happen. Its perfectly fine to let the conversation deviate slightly from the topic - that’s the very nature of conversation. Take a chill pill, calm yourself, breathe, do whatever you need to do to keep yourself from wanting to step in as the off-topic police whenever there is even the slightest hint of the discussion going off-topic. Like I said, its fine, and natural for conversation to deviate slightly.