In defence of smilies

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In defence of smilies

Postby manas » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:07 am

Some of even our most respected members here at DW :sage: have related their aversion to the smilies that appear to the right as we type our replies. :x Well I have a confession to make: :embarassed: I like them!!! :thumbsup: They add some colour and fun to the Forum. :woohoo: Or maybe they cater just a bit to the kid in us all. :jumping: But like my youngest child who loves the little characters and their various antics and expressions, I must admit I like the fact that they are there to choose from, in fact I wouldn't mind if even more were added :stirthepot: muahaha

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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:33 am

:goodpost: :clap: :toast: :soap: :!:
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:35 am

The clean, improved version:
manas wrote:Some of even our most respected members here at DW have related their aversion to the smilies that appear to the right as we type our replies. Well I have a confession to make: I like them!!! They add some colour and fun to the Forum. Or maybe they cater just a bit to the kid in us all. But like my youngest child who loves the little characters and their various antics and expressions, I must admit I like the fact that they are there to choose from, in fact I wouldn't mind if even more were added muahaha

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They are visually annoying, though fortunately I have mostly tuned them out.

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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby manas » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:43 am

David N. Snyder wrote: :goodpost: :clap: :toast: :soap: :!:
:meditate:


Thanks David, I appreciated that! Glad I'm not the only one :D

manas :mrgreen:

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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:45 am

Improved version:
manas wrote:
David N. Snyder wrote:


Thanks David, I appreciated that! Glad I'm not the only one

manas
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby manas » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:51 am

tiltbillings wrote:Improved version:
manas wrote:
David N. Snyder wrote:


Thanks David, I appreciated that! Glad I'm not the only one

manas


So Tilt, you really don't see the fun side of them at all? :thinking:
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:52 am

manas wrote:
So Tilt, you really don't see the fun side of them at all?
Of course. Deleting them in replies is great fun.
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby BlackBird » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:54 am

tiltbillings wrote:The clean, improved version:
manas wrote:Some of even our most respected members here at DW have related their aversion to the smilies that appear to the right as we type our replies. Well I have a confession to make: I like them!!! They add some colour and fun to the Forum. Or maybe they cater just a bit to the kid in us all. But like my youngest child who loves the little characters and their various antics and expressions, I must admit I like the fact that they are there to choose from, in fact I wouldn't mind if even more were added muahaha

with metta

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They are visually annoying, though fortunately I have mostly tuned them out.


You know you can turn them off right Tilt?

For anyone that doesn't know:

Under the User Control Panel -> Board preferences -> Edit display options -> Display smilies as images (OFF)
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby manas » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:04 am

tiltbillings wrote:
manas wrote:
So Tilt, you really don't see the fun side of them at all?
Of course. Deleting them in replies is great fun.


:lol: Well we all have our particular habitual tendencies, likes and dislikes... :shrug: and even those will go the way of all fabricated things, one day... :sage: but for now, I guess we don't see smilies in the same way Tilt, that's just how it is! :meditate:

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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby Modus.Ponens » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:05 am

If you delete the next one, you'll be commiting one of the 5 henious crimes. :buddha1:

Beware! :jumping:
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby Ben » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:13 am

Smileys?

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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby Ben » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:41 am

Ben wrote:Smileys?

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Well that put a stop to the conversation pretty quickly.
Perhaps I'll use that tactic the next time a thread goes off-topic!
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby plwk » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:18 am

Ahem Ben... Not unless Ceiling Cat intervenes...

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My only grouse is there's no smiley for lolcat... :guns:
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby Ben » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:34 am

Plwk

We will have to rectify that omission.
In the meantime, Ceiling Cat better watch out for Merlin.

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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby BlackBird » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:45 am

I don't mind the odd one. Usually a :) or a similarly unobtrusive one. When they're absolutely everywhere throughout the post it gets to be a bit much for my liking.
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:54 am

BlackBird wrote:You know you can turn them off right Tilt?

For anyone that doesn't know:

Under the User Control Panel -> Board preferences -> Edit display options -> Display smilies as images (OFF)
That is a damned-if-you-damned-if you-don't option. If one turn of the smiley display one is left equally annoying text were the smiley would be. As I have said, I have tuned them out for the most part, but I do get pleasure from killing them when I reply to a msg.
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby purple planet » Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:46 am

i like them one advantage of them is if you read a long post and you lose where your at you can locate it by using the smile
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby cooran » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:02 am

I :heart: Smilies (one or two :smile: at a time) !!!

Tilt translation so he doesn't have to vandalise a post. " I love Smilies!!! (one or two at a time) !!!

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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby binocular » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:31 am

Emoticons - not necessarily smileys, though - are useful for online communication, as they can help convey the intended tone of one's message. Spelling things out is sometimes too tedious, or takes away the edge.
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby binocular » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:33 am

tiltbillings wrote:That is a damned-if-you-damned-if you-don't option. If one turn of the smiley display one is left equally annoying text were the smiley would be. As I have said, I have tuned them out for the most part, but I do get pleasure from killing them when I reply to a msg.

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