# Why did somebody change my quotation marks?

I answered a question where I put a few things into proper quotation marks, i.e. “ and ”. Then there is an edit which converts those into " which are second or inch marks. I do not understand why this edit has been made.

Regarding the “loose → lose“ thing I just learned that “to loose” means “to unfasten” whereas “to lose” is what I actually meant, the process of having a loss.

• Somewhat related mother meta post: meta.stackexchange.com/q/285248/263383
– ACuriousMind Mod
Oct 3 '16 at 19:46
• A related anecdote: For computer programming, the more stylistic quotation marks can impair the ability to cut-n-paste code, for example breaking shell scripts in subtle, hard-to-discern ways. I lost 5 minutes of my time last week on that very problem. (Relevant when physicists write code.) Oct 11 '16 at 15:44
• Because those are unicode, and some would argue it's bad usability to put unicode where ascii works as well
– cat
Oct 16 '16 at 17:31

As for why the edit suggested changing the quotation marks: plain text does not allow for proper (curly) quotation marks, so the " character has become the standard to represent quotation marks in plain text and text-based contexts (as opposed to rich text) online. Granted, this part of the edit is probably not an improvement, because it's rare that a modern browser would have any problem with curly quotes, but given the ubiquity of the straight quote, it's no more than a marginal change.