Yeah, I forgot. It's the same stupid rule for commas as well. Both commas and periods always come before quotes. But for any other punctuation mark, it follows common sense. For some reason, commas and periods are really, really special punctuation, so they ALWAYS must precede quotes. But question marks, exclamation marks, ALL the others can hurdle back and forth over the quote depending on if they actually belong within the quote. No reason whatsoever for stationary commas and periods.
Originally Posted by Jena Grace
For myself, I follow the rule that makes sense and allows me to write what I mean.