Diction

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Whoever is in charge of organizing comments for various films/tvshows/etc. has got at least two words wrong.  First, in adding a phrase to "The Politician," I added "what's the difference?" and was told that the spaces between the words in my submitted phrase would be replaced by dashes.  They're not dashes, they're hyphens.  A dash is something entirely different.  I suspect that "dash" is used incorrectly throughout the IMDb system.  It should be fixed.  No need to promote sloppy English.  Second, one of the categories listed as receiving many comments was "shaved vagina."  Anatomy lesson:  the vagina is the canal that leads from the uterus of a female mammal to the external orifice of the genital canal.  It has no hair.  So, unless it's being compared to ice, it can't be "shaved."  The area to which the shaving probably applies is the "mons pubis" in the female and the "pubis" in the male.  Is it a burden to get it right?

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J. M. Gaffney

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Peter, Champion

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I guess you are referring to plot keywords. "what's the difference?" doesn't look like a meaningful keyword.

I agree that "hyphen" is more accurate than "dash" in this update form message:

"The spaces in the entry in the field 'Keyword' have been converted to dashes."

and in the submission guide for keywords:
https://help.imdb.com/article/contrib...
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J. M. Gaffney

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No, you're right that "what's the difference" isn't a keyword; however, I don't think "keyword" is the correct classification.  "I'll be back" would fall into the category, but neither is it a "word."  To my mind, the idea is to identify key ideas, whether they're embodied in a word or in a phrase, is the point of the classification.  As for "what's the difference," that concept is used in a significant way at least three times in the pilot and, I suspect, underlies the whole house of cards rationale employed in the plot.  The emphasis on "seeming" vs "reality" is overwhelming.
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Hi J.M. Gaffney -

Thanks for your feedback, I believe our decision to identify the punctuation as a "dash" (referring to en dash) was an aesthetic choice, instead of identifying the punctuation as a hyphen.  However, I agree that when referring to Keywords and compounded terms, the use of "hyphen" is more representative in how we want to organize keywords.  I have filed a ticket requesting this change across the site.

Concerning your second keyword issue, "shaved vagina", I believe that while it's technically not the exact term, this is a generalized and universally recognized term for that area of the female body (as it's not commonly referred to as "mons pubis")., as such we would be accepting of this keyword. 
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J. M. Gaffney

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Michelle, I understand that most folks might not have a copy of Grey's Anatomy at hand, but "vagina" is just plain wrong.  Why not "shaved genital area" (valid for both male and female)?  Use SOMETHING that at least more closely approximates what's meant.  To refer to a "shaved vagina" doesn't merely border on the ludicrous, it crosses the border and leaves readers in the dust.  Give us credit for some intelligence, education, and experience, please.  Don't aim your instructions to the least knowledgeable among us, please.  Other than the above (so far), you run a worthwhile site.  Best wishes.