Having uttered myriad malaprops in my time, I would never call anything anyone else said "dumb." No, this is about the opposite of smart quotes, the punctuation marks that curl and look cool but show up as gibberish when transmitted in a plain text e-mail. The same goes for self-curling apostrophes and m-dashes.
I've been working with the three stories Thrilling Detective will nominate for the Derringers, and I've had to manually replace all the smart quotes, curling apostrophes, and m-dashes. For future submissions, please turn off these cool-looking symbols.
' for an apostrophe
"" for quotation marks
-- for an m-dash
I will do the same. Thank you.