It's still considerably better to go post your question in there, or a similar thread than to start a new one. The object is to get a question answered so as long as people read the threads it doesn't matter if it's a little OT from the original subject (and that one being titled as it is it doesn't appear in the slightest OT).
This isn't directed specificly at the OP but it'd really be nice to have less threads to claw through...and also I wanted to share this gem I found in a very old bookmark link (kinda loud for any of you at work): http://download.skype.com/share/posting.swf
(okay I cheated, but I've been wanting to post that for some time)
There were 2 spreadsheets, and corresponding threads, created on the Class Mechanics and Thoerycrafting boards to answer exactly this type of question so new threads on the topic wouldn't need to be created. The two threads can be found here and here.