Yes, it IS surely bad behavior if the quote is twisted or edited in a way that it distorts the original meaning of the poster. Most of all if it is used to start a fight.
But reducing a quote to its core or picking out the part of the quote you are especially referring to should be welcomed because it lets your screen appear less full instead of quoting full message which goes over a whole screen page but of 90% is irrelevent for your follow-up post.
If you leave out sentences or parts within your quote, the best way is if you indicate this by (...) or ... so that people see that it was shortened. If you only leave out something before and/or after your quote, but the rest of it is complete, an indication is not necessary then.
Totally agree there, it happens all the time to quote part of a post, especially if it is only a part where the poster who quotes wants to focus. Even if the original poster feels that quoting a part is unfair to his/her original post he/she can comment on that in turn.
I don't think that we need a special rule for it because if somebody would be going around here quoting people wrongly many times and creates fights by doing so, we would also delete this without a specific rule if we see it or get it reported, and it should go without saying that this is wrong.
Thank you, this is fair.
Are there concrete examples lately that users do post wrong quotes of others? Or were you just asking out of interest, as a precaution or whatever?
I noticed it in the initial posts of this thread: Davis Cup Final commentators (Versus)
I don't think I have seen the practice anywhere, but it is something that should be reported before it becomes any kind of "fashion" to respond this way in any part of this forum.