I have noticed that all types of menu icons are using three lines or dots.
From a UI/UX perspective, does it matter the number of lines/dots?

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For example if someone decides to use only one or six lines/dots would that be wrong?

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Is there any rule/standart behind that?

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    It's conventional.
    – Bowen
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 20:38

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Besides there're many posts claiming, it first appeared as representing a hamburger's meat inside 2 of it's breads as this link states, I also believe (or naturally understand) it gives user the feeling there's a lot more to discover when clicked, since

"..." punctuation has same meaning abstractly in grammar that gives readers an understanding of sentence is continuing.

Besides I couldn't ran into any standart about this on any WCAG document, using other than 3 lines/dots not necessarily gives the same experience like using a single or twice line/dot. And using more than 3 lines not desired I suppose since it's enough to emphasizing it with less.

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