What Is 'QFT'? "Quoted for Truth"

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Question: What Is 'QFT'?


While participating in an online discussion forum about immigration laws, you see this strange expression "QFT". People post phrases like "QFT...well said" and "QFT +1".
 

Answer: This peculiar QFT acronym expression stands for "Quoted For Truth".

It has two particular meanings when used in a discussion forum or a heated discussion on a Facebook page or other debate topic.

1) QFT is an expression of agreement and support, where the user stands behind you and one of your statements. This commonly occurs in controversial topics where opinions are very heated, and people will choose sides in an argument.

If someone "quotes you for truth", they are paying you a compliment and siding with you in the discussion.  

Example:  

(User 1) @Pdawg above: QFT +1! Vaccines are indeed proven to be effective.  Any of you who argue against vaccines don't understand science!

Example:  

(Shelby) QFT: Trump is a mysoginist, and the audio recording link above proves it.

2) QFT can also be used to preserve an original forum post, so that the original author cannot edit after the fact. A user who copy-pastes the original forum content will sometimes put the letters "QFT" at the top of the copy-paste. It is a type of forensic stamp used to point out someone's flawed argument in a debate. This is common in serious conversation forums where the users engage in heated discussions on controversial topics, and they are very experienced at making online arguments. The QFT stamp snapshots the original argument into a new post so that the original author can no longer change their original text.

The original author is prevented from denying what they originally wrote because the QFT public copy can refute any denial.

 

Example of QFT Used in a Pointed Debate Response:

(User 2) QFT:  

Pdwag said on August 2, 2016 "polio was eliminated in the 1990's by the World Health Organization"


(User 2) Your claim above is wrong, Pdwag!  Polio has had 300 cases since 2012. Please recheck your facts before posting them in this forum.

Another Example of QFT Used in a Pointed Debate Response:

(Laura)  Julian, you are not stating facts. You are stating your opinion as if it were factual, but

 

QFT:  

Julian P said on Sep 29, 2016 "the concept of global warming was created by and for the chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive"


(Laura) your claim is not only a falsehood, but it is a quote lifted directly from Trump's twitter feed. If you want to be taken seriously, don't make claims about scientific facts by quoting Donald Trump.

Third Example of QFT Used in a Pointed Debate Response:

(Jared Z)  if we let the Democrats have another term in office we are going to bleed more American jobs while we try to give handouts to the poor.

(Sheldon H) Untrue, Jared.

QFT:  

Jared Z said on Oct 19, 2016 "Hillary is an idiot and doesn't know a thing about improving an economy. She is a puppet of the elite rich, and a complete criminal"

(Sheldon H) I think you are allergic to facts. You should spend a few minutes researching your claims before posting it as some kind of truth.

Here's something you can also try: citation and linking your sources for your claims. For example, CNN has a fact-checker team that will debunk presidential candidate claims. Go here for an example.


This QFT expression, like many other Internet expressions, is part of online conversation culture.

Expressions Similar to QFT:

  • TLDR (Too Long, Didn't Read)
  • Props (Proper Respect and Acknowledgement)

How to Capitalize and Punctuate Web and Texting Abbreviations: 

Capitalization is a non-concern when using text message abbreviations and chat jargon. You are welcome use all uppercase (e.g. ROFL) or all lowercase (e.g. rofl), and the meaning is identical. Avoid typing entire sentences in uppercase, though, as that means shouting in online speak.

Proper punctuation is similarly a non-concern with most text message abbreviations.

For example, the abbreviation for 'Too Long, Didn't Read' can be abbreviated as TL;DR or as TLDR. Both are acceptable format, with or without punctuation.

Never use periods (dots) between your jargon letters. It would defeat the purpose of speeding up thumb typing. For example, ROFL would never be spelled R.O.F.L., and TTYL would never be spelled T.T.Y.L. 

Recommended Etiquette for Using Web and Texting Jargon 

Knowing when to use jargon in your messaging is about knowing who your audience is, knowing if the context is informal or professional, and then using good judgment. If you know the people well, and it is a personal and informal communication, then absolutely use abbreviation jargon. On the flip side, if you are just starting a friendship or professional relationship with the other person, then it is a good idea to avoid abbreviations until you have developed a relationship rapport.

If the messaging is in a professional context with someone at work, or with a customer or vendor outside your company, then avoid abbreviations altogether. Using full word spellings shows professionalism and courtesy. It is much easier to err on the side of being too professional and then relax your communications over time than doing the inverse.