The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2308101
Posted By: TheSnail
06-Apr-08 - 06:01 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Another suggestion of how things might be improved is some sort of control over selective quoting. To create a fictional example based on something I have said -

I felt Tom was claiming some sort of ownership by the professionals of what is, after all, our national heritage.

If that was quoted as -

Tom was claiming some sort of ownership by the professionals of what is, after all, our national heritage.

it would turn something that had been an expression of doubt and uncertainty into something resembling a gratuitous insult. It is all too easy, once you have made up your mind what the other person is saying, to read into it what you want. I'm sure I have done the same.