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Quoting In Debates

Post by Alanna » Tue 26th Jan 2010

Ok, I faintly remember someone scolding someone else for re-using other people's quotes in the "Is God Real?" debate. Now, I ask all of FG if quoting other's posts and reusing ammunition in debates should be allowable or not. Or for that matter, outside quoting: like from another site, debate off site, or book. Should there be rules and guidelines on post quoting and outside quoting?

I for one say quoting by-gone posts is a big no no, and should be avoided. This is a waste of space, serving no purpose other than to re-direct the debate back to something already over and done with. If you're elaborating on a point, make sure its on topic, on the current page and YOU elaborate on it rather than do one of Nathan's running reviews on it. (I might bite the fingers off any person quoting another in this debate)

As for quoting sources not taken from the debate, try to provide as much info on where it came from. If it's another site, link it and point out were to look for the text. A book (the Bible included thank you very much) should have its title, author, year of publication if known, page number and what line it's on. This is so people can check the reliability if they so wish. Plus it shows time has been put into making sure your point is valid. If the quote is from the Bible, the version's are often slightly different and will help somewhat with confusion.

Now, for taking quotes from other closely related or unrelated debates; I have a real big bone to whack that with. Taking text from other on site debates should not be done, lest cause the topic to veer off corse.

Now, in the sake of debates and democracy, before any rules are implemented and enforced the people get the rights to decide the guidelines and rules on the matter.
I hand the debate over into the hands of the FGers, make yourself heard! This is something relevant and may change the way debating is conducted.
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Re: Quoting In Debates

Post by Visorak16 » Tue 26th Jan 2010

I think I agree with you on most of your points.
1Quotes should be on topic.
2Quotes should be kept within the same debate (unless it is absolutely relevent)
3Quotes should have as much useful information about where they came from as possible. Page number might not be quite as important when dealing with the Bible, because different Bible publishers have differing page numbers (size of the pages and size of the commentary). I try to put the version I quote from (depending on which is closest, I have a NKJV and KJV). I agree that links should be provided if possible (but no shady sites that might have viruses or sites with porn or other things not allowed in debates).
4Quotes should be taken in context and not edited (it might be best to provide page number of the debate where the quote came from if it within the three page range).
Those are my four main points. I do not remember anybody scolding anybody for quoting them in the "Is God Real" thread, but it could have happened.
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Re: Quoting In Debates

Post by codeblackrose » Mon 15th Feb 2010

Quotes can be kinda annoying sometimes. Like people quote every sentence you say then says that it's wrong. I think quoting a few parts are okay, but quoting everything gives the person whom you quoted a bad feeling.

Sometimes it may feel quite personal, but I wouldn't know.
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Re: Quoting In Debates

Post by Visorak16 » Tue 16th Feb 2010

Sorry, but quoting is the only way that I can address everything a person says. I do sometimes give positive feedback. I do not mean to hurt anyone's feelings.
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