Quote Originally Posted by jce View Post
Hey there Richard

Quote mining is like looking for rare gold & silver (something of value). One must dig through tons of worthless slag, but if persistent, a nugget of truth may eventually surface.

Your Friend,


Where you been? I've missed our excellent discussions. Glad you found time for a visit.

The term "quote mining" is usually used to speak of the fallacious use of quotes taken out of context. I agree that finding quotes can be like looking for rare gold and silver. For example, I love the quote from Voltaire "If you wish to converse with me, define your terms." I think that's great.

But when quotes are taken out of context to make it look like an author was saying the opposite of what he believes and said elsewhere, then it is a "high crime" of internet debate. Do you agree?