In defence of smilies

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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby BlackBird » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:44 am

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 :)
"And so, because this Teaching is so different from what Westerners are accustomed to, they will try to adapt the Teaching to their own framework. What they need to learn to do is not to adapt the Teaching to their own point of view but to adapt their own point of view to the Teaching. This is called saddhá, or faith, and it means giving oneself to the Teaching even if the Teaching is contrary to one’s own preconceived notions of the way things are."- Ven Bodhesako

Nanavira Thera's teachings - An existential approach to the Dhamma | Ven. Bodhesako's essay on anicca
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Re: In defence of smilies

Postby suriyopama » Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:06 am

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.


I entirely agree. Sometimes we write something in a colloquial mood, spontaneously and with no intention of adversity or harm, but since there is no visual contact, there is the risk that the other person could take it personally and too seriously. :shrug:


When our intentions are misinterpreted, sometimes we feel like we would like to :toilet:

That's why we need those little funny characters :thumbsup:
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