# What's wrong with my quotation marks and apostrophes?

About an hour ago, I asked a question on rpg.stackexchange. As many times before, my question was edited by another user. I am always thankful when someone goes to the bother of cleaning up my messy questions. But I noticed one thing in particular, that always gets edited, not only in my questions, but in other questions as well.

My quotation marks and apostrophes that look like this

” ’

, get replaced with quotation marks and apostrophes that look like this

" '

I'm not a font expert, so I don't know if one set of punctuation marks is better than the other one or if there is some other reason, why the straight quotation marks and apostrophes are preferred over the curvy ones. I usually write my questions in Microsoft Word, then copy them over here and edit them a little. English is not my native language, so I use Word to check my spelling. That seems to be the reason why my questions contain the curvy ones.

Why are curvy quotation marks and apostrophes undesired on stackexchange?

• Is this a recurring deal? If so, can you link an example so people can take a more in-depth look at what the edits typically look like? Aug 10 '18 at 22:23

They are not undesired. Please do feel free to use curly quotes and apostrophes. Those curly quotes and apostrophes should not have been removed.

Overall we respect your writing decisions as the original author, and should not seek to “fix” someone else's writing preferences by replacing them with our own. We may choose to replace your writing style where it increases the post's legibility or readability, but since curly quotes stand to improve legibility we don't have that reason to remove them either.

More broadly we don't have a sitewide preference either way. Use "straight" or “curly” quotes as you please, and don't go overwriting either one with the other in other peoples' posts.

I've reverted part of that edit and pinged the user who made it. Please let us know if this continues.

• @doppelgreener As someone who regularly uses Alt 1 4 6 etc., I object to the claim that Windows cannot type curly quotes or apostrophes. :P Aug 8 '18 at 13:48
• Oh, I actually have something useful to contribute: “ and ” are “curly quotation marks”—originally, “smart” quotation marks referred to those that automatically became “ or ” based on their placement in text. Aug 8 '18 at 19:32