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Hyphens or dashes?

fantastika
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Jim F Member Since: May 24, 2016
11 of 16

Can I write ANYTHING whatsoever on this so-called "fourm" without it being edited, deleted or modified?

 

First off, it's plagiarism. second, this "improvement" process makes me responsible for something written under my name when I did NOT write it, making me liable for the words of someone else. 

kochubei_valeria
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Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
12 of 16

Hi Jim,

 

I'd like to clarify that Upwork users are welcome to post on these boards when they have questions, need assistance or advice about any of Upwork features or processes and would like to interact with other members of this Community. We definitely encourage professional and helpful discussions. However, we may remove or edit content that is inappropriate or violates our Community Guidelines.

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Also, I believe you had a question about the order in which posts are displayed on the page and that depends on how you sort it. Here is a screenshot of the setting you can use to change that order.

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fantastika
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Jim F Member Since: May 24, 2016
13 of 16

Valeria K wrote:

 

Also, I believe you had a question about the order in which posts are displayed on the page and that depends on how you sort it. Here is a screenshot of the setting you can use to change that order.


Like everything else here, that's not true either. Upwork, not me, selects the order 

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
14 of 16

Not all dashes work equally well on HTML pages or in default collations in database tables.

 

I have modified various dashes, including m-dashes and n-dashes, to be hyphens plenty of times.

 

It is typically easier to normalize all dashes into hyphens than to use proper HTML entities, modified database column collations or modified char sets in HTML headers and database connections.

 

Programmers and web designers typically know how to handle this multiple ways, and depending on the situation, will use one method or the other. So it is absolutely true that a writer's dashes may be retained in their original format, or not.

colettelewis
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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
15 of 16

Preston H wrote:

Not all dashes work equally well on HTML pages or in default collations in database tables.

 

I have modified various dashes, including m-dashes and n-dashes, to be hyphen plenty of times.


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I imagine in database tables it is somewhat different and indeed most style guides cover this. But in general terms if you do this when writing an article or a book for example, you would be wrong, and your editor would most certainly correct it. 

 

ETA: Except of course, as I said earlier,  in journalistic writing and on websites for dates, scores and such, hyphens are the rule, but in other instances, en dashes and em dashes are often used and respected. (On the UW forums I wince every time I type a hyphen when I want an em or en dash and at the same time, I dont like the -- or the --- to signify these!)

aocumen
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Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
16 of 16

Hi everyone, 

We've been following this conversation and I'll close the thread to further replies. Note that interpersonal disputes are not allowed in the Upwork Community. 
Our goal is not to censor but to make sure that the discussion in the community is professional, respectful, and abides by Community Guidelines.


-Avery
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