TheOptimizationIdiot - 11:17 pm on Apr 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
That is, I wish they wouldn't, but I know many people do. If you absolutely must use the hyphen character, at least use a pair of them.
Oh, I can't imagine if people just used the characters they should when they should how much easier things would be for all of us, search engines and webmasters included. Unfortunately, people don't so search engines are left "guessing" and we're left with "finding what works best" sometimes (often?) over what's "right" or how things should be done in a technically correct manner.
Look at the html. There's a trailing space after the colon.
I have, and if you were going to "define" what "Google SEO News and Discussion" is, then leaving it "open" and allowing a search engine to "draw a conclusion" from what follows could be important.
I first noticed it years ago, and I really don't think it's by accident or mistake, much the same as I don't think Page 2 of the forum index having the title duplicated (without so much as a page number in it) is on accident or an oversight, or how "We also now have a Google AdSense, Google Toolbar, Froogle, and Google AdWords forums." is not linked to the specific forums on the /google/ forum pages.
There are a Ton of "little things" here that are a bit different than most would do, and I have a tough time believing they're all on accident or just to save a few lines of code, especially when I look and the source and see all the tables and fonts and colors things that could be done via CSS with way less HTML. It's actually a really interesting "study" in my opinion.