Here's the simple way to look at it.... if you create a thread that doesn't relate to any of the other sections it goes into the Off-Topic section, but inside that topic that is off of the beaten path, you stay on topic for that topic or you are hi-jacking that thread and it's original topic, which is wrong.
Therefore, talking about how to address Off-Topic threads within this thread is what is supposed to be talked about.
Talking about parsnips and topographical dressing is not.
Two parsnips were driving on the 401 and were sideswiped by a tractor-trailer unit. One was badly injured and rushed to the emergency department in the Toronto General. After hours of surgery, the attending physician came to inform the second parsnip who was nervously waiting for news about his friend's condition.
"I have some good news and bad news," the doctor said. " The good news is, your friend is going to live. The bad news is, he's going to be a vegetable all his life."
I got it! The preceding is an example of an off-topic post!
German Chocolate Cake is not German. It is named after its maker, Sam German
When you hear of a German chocolatecake, your first thought is that Germany is where the cake originated – hence the name. This is one of those food items where the name is a bit deceiving, however. German chocolate cake gets its name from an ingredient it uses: German’s Sweet Chocolate.
This chocolate was originated by the Baker’s Chocolate Company (now a subsidiary of Kraft Foods) in the mid 1850s and was named after it’s creator, Sam German.
The story of the chocolate says that a misprint in a newspaper that included the recipe for the first German Chocolate Cake simply left out the “s” on the name, and this is why the chocolate is often known simply as “German.” The chocolate is similar to a semisweet chocolate, but has a higher sugar content to it. This means that recipes that use it tend to be a little bit sweeter than ones that don’t.