Check it out:
Those leading single quotation marks are backwards. Crazy talk!
it's a font issue; you can verify by cutting and pasting the question title into a document with a different font, or even Notepad, etc.
Are droids a 'he/she' or an 'it'?
Those single quotes
' aka ' renders in the font chosen for this site as the above image in the question. So by design unless you can convince Jin to change the font (which to be honest, I am not particularly fond of, but not enough that I want to fight about it).
In the new new design, the font has been changed sufficiently that ordinary single quotes are no longer converted into smart quotes.
Since the quotes in the originally linked post have been edited to ‘these’ rather than 'these', I've had to choose a different post for a screenshot to demonstrate this: