So in politics, someone posted a thread and I have a problem with a claim in that thread (this is not unusual.) I asked for a reference for that specific claim. Here is the full extent of my wording: This doesn't seem like hijacking to me. It seems reasonable to ask for supporting references, and silly to start an entire new thread with the above quote. Another poster tells me: This read to me as one poster trying to quell another (me). Because I take citing sources seriously, I wished to point out *why* I asked for the citation in the first place. I posted three replies, which I hoped made the point. Apparently it was overkill, because then it was suggested that I was hijacking the thread. Those three posts towards the end were entirely in response to the person who said I shouldn't be asking for a citation in the first place. They *weren't* directed at the OP, but to the other poster, who had made a comment to me in the thread. Where else should I have replied? It is my personal belief that a request for references should be allowed, within any thread that makes claims, and such requests should not require a new thread. So, it is unclear to me, who actually is responsible for derailing the thread. I would have left it at the original request for a reference, until the other poster came along and told me I shouldn't ask for such a thing. Bottom line: What's the "correct" protocol?