related topics
{work, book, publish}
{group, member, jewish}
{system, computer, user}
{law, state, case}
{math, number, function}
{car, race, vehicle}
{game, team, player}

In the context of mailing lists, discussion groups, discussion forums, bulletin boards, newsgroups, and wikis a contribution is off-topic if it is not within the bounds of the current discussion, and on-topic if it is.

Even on very specialized forums and lists off topic posting is not necessarily frowned upon[1], but a common netiquette convention is to mark a new off-topic posting or email by beginning it with "OT"[2] - for example in a forum discussing the Linux operating system someone might post: "OT: Wow, did you feel that earthquake?".

Posting off-topic messages to deliberately aggravate other members is a form of trolling.

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