Usenet. Those were the days!
I still remember one of the first things you saw when you went on usenet was an explanation about netiquette. I don’t even know if people still use that word.
As at least four of the original users of r.g.m.h are on this forum, perhaps it lives on in spirit.
As for thread drift, it is the Internet, people will interact with it as they will. In long threads like this one, most people will barely bother to read all or even any intermediate posts, and by the time they get down here they’ll have largely forgotten the Op anyway.
What amuses me are the people who are surprised, or possibly even infuriated by thread drift. It is really very funny. net cops every one:)
"Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke