Whitespace between the -q and the command is optional, not required.

 - todd

Index: crontab.5
RCS file: /cvs/src/usr.sbin/cron/crontab.5,v
retrieving revision 1.33
diff -u -p -u -r1.33 crontab.5
--- crontab.5   30 Jan 2014 20:02:42 -0000      1.33
+++ crontab.5   12 Oct 2016 16:05:53 -0000
@@ -193,6 +193,14 @@ will be changed into newline characters,
 after the first
 .Ql %
 will be sent to the command as standard input.
+If the
+.Ar command
+field begins with
+.Ql -q ,
+execution will not be logged.
+Any whitespace between the
+.Ql -q
+and the command that follows it is ignored.
 Commands are executed by
 .Xr cron 8

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