On tex.sx, the privilege banner message is strangely punctuated, and I'm assuming it's the same on other Stack Exchange sites:

Congrats, you've gained the privilege – approve tag wiki edits learn more

This wording remains the same with the new inbox/notification system:

Congrats, you've gained the privilege – access to moderator tools learn more

I really wouldn't put a dash there (I confirmed it is a dash and not a hyphen, at least), since a dash introduces some kind of a break, I'd either use

Congrats, you've gained the privilege: approve tag wiki edits. Learn more.


Congrats, you've gained the privilege “approve tag wiki edits”. Learn more.


Congrats, you've gained the privilege approve tag wiki edits. Learn more.

Note that the "learn more" could/should also be considered a sentence by itself, or at least be put in parentheses with one of the above options:

Congrats, you've gained the privilege approve tag wiki edits (learn more).

This last example would be my favorite.

  • Good luck with this. Possible Poor grammar on the "Welcome to Stack Overflow" banner
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jan 5, 2012 at 11:51
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    It takes a TEX user to notice this :). Jan 5, 2012 at 11:52
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    and yet no one is complaining about "congrats" ;) Jan 5, 2012 at 11:57
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    @davidsleeps: Just for the record, I don't mind the Congrats, which is just in line with the relatively informal American English used on the site.
    – doncherry
    Jan 5, 2012 at 13:11
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    I propose we change it to: Gratz!!!!1!! Plyr 1 LVL UP!! -- approve tag wiki edits. Jan 5, 2012 at 13:13
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    I wonder if this will get the same reaction from Jeff as the pluralization 'bug' reports =) Jan 5, 2012 at 13:54
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    personally I feel this should simply go in the inbox, don't see a point in having this notifications as huge banners on the site
    – waffles
    Jan 6, 2012 at 3:50
  • @waffles - maybe. But I think the 10K and 20K banners should stay as a nice, bright congrats to the user :) Jan 24, 2012 at 18:30
  • @waffles: It seems to me that you're only displayed each privilege banner message the first time you gain a certain privilege on a stack exchange site. If you gain the same privilege on another site, you don't get the message. Something that visible seems sensible to me, in particular if you want to engage users in moderating activities.
    – doncherry
    Jan 24, 2012 at 18:42
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    For what it's worth, I brought this up on English SE a few months ago.
    – Pops
    Oct 1, 2012 at 19:05

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Muphry's Law is in effect. But here goes.

I agree with OP. Strunk and White list many uses for a dash; this isn't one of them.

Can we change the text to just Congrats, you've gained the privilege "approve tag wiki edits".

Or if we make the first part of the text a complete sentence, then a colon would work:

Congrats, you've gained the following privilege: "approve tag wiki edits".

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    Hey, you spelled "Murphy's Law" wrogn.
    – Rob Hruska
    Jan 24, 2012 at 19:17
  • @Rob - good one :-) Jan 24, 2012 at 19:41
  • @RobHruska You spelled wrong wrong! :P
    – Alenanno
    Oct 1, 2012 at 17:54
  • @Alenanno thatsthejoke.jpg
    – blahdiblah
    Oct 1, 2012 at 22:05
  • @blahdiblah Yeah I kind of figured. It was too cool to be a coincidence.
    – Alenanno
    Oct 1, 2012 at 22:14

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