Personally, I would blame @40hz and @Carol Haynes for any confusion. They are repeat offenders and keep digressing all the time and throwing red whales into the discussions, and they often have spelling mistakes in what they rite.
I think that's the difference between attempting to have an intelligent discussion
with someone - and starting a debate
I'm frequently interested in discussing something. I seldom have the patience to enter into a debate.
Debates are so...competitive, don't you think? (As you may have surmised, I'm not the competitive type.
As for the digressions...well, that's how my mind works. I'll start by focusing, then free associate, then weave whatever insights I've obtained back into the context if I find they have merit. It's a subset of the practice commonly referred to as "brainstorming." Or a manifestation of me attempting to "think outside the box" if you will. It's practice which I've found generates useful and surprising results more often than not.
Spelling errors...ah yes...spelling errors! Guilty as charged, although I can't claim full credit on that score. I'm ably assisted by the incredible (in the truest sense of the word) spellchecker on my iPhone. In addition to guessing wrong 7 times out of 10, it has an odd tendency to 'correct' things after I tell it to leave well enough alone. Why it can do that while missing glaringly obvious spelling errors is anybody's guess. (I personally suspect the chip inside the iPhone isn't a chip at all
but rather some Frankenstein-ish Area-51 technology that uses brain sections taken from feral cats!)
Regarding the "red whales" (interesting phrase...is that you own coinage?), I'm not quite sure what you mean beyond the inference that a remarkably large 'red herring' gets tossed into the discussion from time to time. If so, I disagree on that point. At least insofar as my understanding of the term 'red herring' goes. Red herrings are an attempt at diversion
. Which is not at all the same thing as a digression
. Diversion finds its uses in argument
. Digression's fair countenance is more to be seen in discussions
. But I digress...
Um...have I mentioned yet how I'm not into debates?