There has been notifications, often by staff members about threads that go off topic. Well, that happens all too often and it can be frustrating especially when you're trying to make a point. And if I keep repeating myself its often because Im not able to make the point Im trying to make since a thread I start keeps going in the wrong direction. For instance, some of my threads have become debates over whether or not students should be told before they can take belt tests. It was never my intention for those threads to become such debates and it was getting off topic when it started going in that direction. The fact of the matter is some places require you to be told before you can test for a belt and some places its up to the student to decide if they're going to test when the test comes up, or at least the student has to take the initiative and ask to test because in some places a sensei won't tell a student if they're ready or not if the student doesn't ask. So, every dojo is going to be run its own way and we can all have our opinions on what's right or not, whether a student should be told if they can test or not, but my intention with some of my threads was not to debate whether or not a student should be told if they can test but how to deal with rank advancement depending on how your dojo is run, however it is run.