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I'm sure many of you know of the puzzle where you have to figure out what the following symbol means:

-=+

As we all know, it means "less is more." (If you didn't know it before, you know it now.)

But I've got a symbol for you:

-=-

What is this symbol?
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It's

-=-

of course...:-D

Alternatively, it's "less is less"?

I can't think of anything less obvious at the moment.
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Is it a common phrase?
A sleeping elephant?
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it's a duck :-)
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LOL! Of course, I see the duck!
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no, it's an unladen swallow! do coconuts migrate?
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Migrating coconut?

-0-
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of course, if it's a duck, it must weigh the same as a witch!! right??
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Witch?
-^<
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She turned me into a newt!!

<>=<=<--

I got better...
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Where is Balin? Pretty soon, he is going to show up here and start telling us that "No means no."

Very nice newt, Kaylee!
Can you do an alligator?
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/\__/\
_x_x_
vvvvv
vvvvv
.^^^
__l l__

I was trying for "alligator" and found an "owl". oops!
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,O,
(-o-)
>( )<
O O

Moogle!
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Is it a hotdog?

Is it one single word? Several words? A phrase?
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"=" = is?
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It's

-=-

of course...:-D I walked right into that one...

Alternatively, it's "less is less"? No

I can't think of anything less obvious at the moment.

Is it a common phrase? No, FA
A sleeping elephant? No

it's a duck :-) No, same FA

no, it's an unladen swallow! What do you mean? African or European swallow? (aka No) do coconuts migrate? Well... (leaving the rest of this discussion up there to save space)

Is it a hotdog? No

Is it one single word? Several words? A phrase? No to all

"=" = is? No
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Come to think of it, Gregoryuconn's first post could be answered Yes. (Where I wrote "I walked right into that one...")
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Is it an image of something (e.g. it kind of looks like a hot dog)? A mathematical equation? A logical argument? something philosophical?
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Is it an aerial view of someone riding a bike?
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Is it an image of something (e.g. it kind of looks like a hot dog)? A mathematical equation? A logical argument? something philosophical? No to all

Is it an aerial view of someone riding a bike? No
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since when has Mr. Coke popped in on this puzzle?! *pokes Balin*
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since when has Mr. Coke popped in on this puzzle?! *pokes Balin* For the record, it was early morning, I was tired, and I misread your username (they're both long, but no excuse on my part). And that's a BLOOPER - it was Kaylee's, not Gregory's, which could be answered yes.

*pokes self*
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*cuddles Balin and offers cheezburgur* it's all right balin kitteh. *hugs muchly* here, watch with me
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is it a formula? musical notation? ballet notation?

a play in some sport?
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Is it a picture?

Or no means no? Like what my mother always told me about having sex and kissing with girls...
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Is it supposed to be a face (you know, the both - kind of look like eyes xD)?

Is magnetic repulsion relevant?
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is it a formula? musical notation? ballet notation? No to all, but it could theoretically be considered "notation" (-ish)

a play in some sport? No

Is it a picture? No

Or no means no? No, but that's a very good idea - 10 points for the Huskies. Like what my mother always told me about having sex and kissing with girls... As did mine...

Is it supposed to be a face (you know, the both - kind of look like eyes xD)? No, but it does look that way, doesn't it?

Is magnetic repulsion relevant? No
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Is it usually hand-written or typed?
Is there something else relevant usually found on either side of the symbol?
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Is it usually hand-written or typed? Typed - good q
Is there something else relevant usually found on either side of the symbol? Yes, on its right but not left, as well as...
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"[...] as well as..." Above the symbol? Below?
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Is it part of a programming code? A computer language?
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"[...] as well as..." Above the symbol? Below? Both, but the more relevant stuff is above it.

Is it part of a programming code? Noish/Yopish A computer language? No
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Is it part of a code?
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a diagram? a table?
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Is it part of a code? Not exactly

a diagram? a table? Neither
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Any special alphabets relevant?

Do you find it in books? On the internet? In typed documents?
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Any special alphabets relevant? No

Do you find it in books? No On the internet? Yes In typed documents? No
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Do you find it in forums? on blogs? in comment threads? on news sites? Do you directly see it? Or do you have to view the source code?
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Do you find it in forums? You could see it here, but I see it most somewhere else - see below on blogs? Ditto in comment threads? Ditto, and this is closest on news sites? Haven't seen it here Do you directly see it? Yes Or do you have to view the source code?

The site where I see this most is on a game site. Work from there.
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I should also point out - I'm the only one I know of who uses this symbol. That might also help narrow it down.
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did you invent the symbol? is it generally understood by others on the game site? have you explained it to them? is the meaning obvious from the context?
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did you invent the symbol? Yes is it generally understood by others on the game site? Yes, possible slight FA have you explained it to them? No, because... is the meaning obvious from the context? Yes, same possible slight FA
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Game site: As in video/computer games? Sports? Tabletop games?
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Game site: As in video/computer games? Computer games (as in online games, not ones on a CD) Sports? Tabletop games?
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Is the symbol used for your eyes only? Are you making notes that other players do not read?
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Is the symbol used for your eyes only? No Are you making notes that other players do not read? No, and this is important.
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Is the way it looks important? Or would it work if the symbols for "minus" and "equals" were completely different? does it symbolize a rolling pin? A face? An object?
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Is the way it looks important? Yesish Or would it work if the symbols for "minus" and "equals" were completely different? No - good q does it symbolize a rolling pin? No A face? No An object? No
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does it symbolise a part of an object so that with the rest of the symbols around it you get a whole image?
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does it symbolise a part of an object so that with the rest of the symbols around it you get a whole image? No

HINT: The puzzle statement asks, "What is this symbol?", not, "What does this symbol mean?"
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oh, so it does...a dash, an equals sign, and another dash? (substitute "dash" with "horizontal line" if you like)
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oh, so it does...a dash, an equals sign, and another dash? (substitute "dash" with "horizontal line" if you like) Yes, it is. But what is it used for?

RECAP:

I use the symbol -=- on a certain game website when writing something that other people will see. What am I writing, and how is the symbol used in that?
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morse code?
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morse code? No
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Well, you asked what it was, not what it was used for, and I obliged. =P

Are you writing something for a computer game walkthrough? I vaguely remember you running a puzzle about posting and writing those...
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Well, you asked what it was, not what it was used for, and I obliged. =P True, true...

Are you writing something for a computer game walkthrough? Yes! I use the symbol when writing walkthroughs. I vaguely remember you running a puzzle about posting and writing those... Yes, that was my "japer" neologism.
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You are almost at the end. If you need it, I'll give you the website.
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please, balin kitteh?
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OK: This is the website. And use what you know about my ESPN.com username (it's around here somewhere) to find one of my waltkhroughs.
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Alternate action?
Also possible?
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Alternate action?
Also possible? I have used it for both of these, but I'm looking for something more general than this.
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RECAP since you're really, really close:

On the website freegamesnews.com, I occasionally write walkthroughs (under the username "DNOMN8R"). In this process, I use the symbol -=-. The answer is a very general reason.
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like bullet points in making a list? (Word documents usually use dots or other symbols)
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like bullet points in making a list? (Word documents usually use dots or other symbols) Yesish - you're missing one key detail.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 4:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What the hey, you're close enough.

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When writing walkthroughs, I use a hyphen at the beginning of each line to set apart the steps in the walkthrough (the hyphens act as bullet points). However, there are times when I need to indent a step, either to show substeps, an alternate action, a warning, or something else. In order to indent a step, I use -=-, because if you try to use multiple hyphens, it auto-formats to one and so does not indent (I found this out the hard way).

Nice job everyone.

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