binocular wrote: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.
Yes I agree with this. The mode of conversation on a forum is such that people can easily project the wrong emotions and intent upon other posts if said poster hasn't made his mood and intent a talking point. Emoticons are helpful in that case, especially when you wish to convey that what your saying isn't meant to be taken in a hostile manner