Jdsk wrote:mjal wrote:Your quotation implies that the words related are mine ; they are NOT and neither are the figures. They are part of a quote from a comment below the article in Nature ; the said quote was clearly delineated by me.
I'm sorry if I misquoted you. But I've just looked again and the section above that is in quotation marks. The section below has closing but opening question marks. That section has no quotation marks:
Here is a quote from the comments below the Nature paper :
""There were no positive tests amongst 1,174 close contacts of asymptomatic cases."
How is this possible? Even if all those contacts were indeed uninfected, where are the false positive tests? Even assuming just a 1% false positive rate, the chance of getting zero positives out of 1,174 is less than 1 in 100,000. In the "source data" section, there's an even more improbable claim: zero positive results out of 85,884 tests conducted in East Lake Scenic Area of Wuhan.
Isn't this clear evidence that the data being used is unreliable?"
That's why I thought that it was you speaking.
Not pedantry (honestly) just precision...
The original comment below the article has quotation marks around the first sentence i.e. "There were no..." ; the commenter is quoting from the article. I add my marks so double marks at the beginning. The commenter then continues...How is this possible? No quote marks. He finishes speaking at...unreliable? No quotes. I add my marks.
Double at the beginning of my quote because of existing marks, single at the end ; everything in between my marks is not my speech. I did consider altering the paragraphing to try to clarify the extent of the quotation but decided against it.
Could/should quotation marks be routinely in bold in these circumstances? I also considered trying to show the quote in the usual forum panel but that would make it look as though that text was in a post...