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    Baffle gab1978 (talk) 06:26, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
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Indian National Congress[edit]

I'm glad to see that you have taken on the copy editing of Indian National Congress. I've looked at your edits with interest. Your edits are so good it makes me feel like I didn't do a good job (about a week ago), but maybe it was because it was so bad before that I was just struggling to make sense of it. I was just wondering why you changed no-break space + en-dash to the ampersand-no-break space + the ampersand en-dash + ampersand # 32.

(a) What is the ampersand #32?

(b) What does that combination accomplish that the no-break space + endash does not?

(c) Of course if that combination accomplishes something important I would consider beginning to use it, but when looking at the revision history, it does make it a little harder to read the actual text.

Just curious. - Corinne (talk) 02:49, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Hi Corinne; thanks for your comments; I'm sure you did a fine job and helped clarify the article as best you could. I think problems like POV text, waffle, puffery and generally poor grammar aren't always easy to spot. Usually, if something reads slightly awkwardly there's a reason (like divided subjects e.g; an inquest was opened into the road accident) and spotting them becomes habitual, and almost instinctual. You'll soon pick up the habit if you c/e enough Wikipedia articles! :-D
Thanks for asking about the codes; I've been substituting the template{{spaced ndash}}, which as you've seen gives &-nbsp;&-ndash;&-#32; (minus the hyphens to stop the code from hiding!); I'm not sure why this gives a different result to {{mdash}}, which I ususally subst to give "—". I might bother to fix that one day. I started using mdash here but then I realised the article uses spaced endashes consistently. ";&#32 is a normal space, as given by pressing the space bar, so there's no operational difference between the codes. It's probably a bit pointless, and it does make the text more difficult to read in the edit window, but some editors use hyphens or dashes incorrectly and inconsistently and it's just quicker to use the templates than to check the dash lengths. Mea culpa; I'm lazy! :-) Cheers, Baffle gab1978 (talk) 04:01, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

True Detective (season 1)[edit]

Thank you very much for taking up the task of polishing the article! Apologies if I did not reply back as swiftly as you liked, but I am very grateful for your work and hopeful I'll have this article pass the FAC in no time. Cheers! DAP388 (talk) 21:25, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

No worries; good luck with your nomination. :-) Cheers, Baffle gab1978 (talk) 21:30, 26 August 2015 (UTC)