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Should the Forum Moderators disable the use of "Smileys" on the WW&F forum?

Yes - all smileys and emoticons should be eliminated.
7 (20%)
Keep one or two simple smileys for humor.
14 (40%)
Smileys bother me, but they should be allowed.
3 (8.6%)
Smileys don't bother me at all.
11 (31.4%)
What's a Smiley?
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 35

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Matthew Gustafson

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Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2008, 01:31:52 AM »
What no  ;D? That makes me angry >:(. Just kidding. Oh, should I have posted that in the fooling around topic?
Maybe you should!!! ;) :) ;)
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Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2008, 04:07:30 AM »
Well, at least that makes sense. I just thought they were nearly random.

That having been said, I think it would be best to limit their use to one or two per post - and only when making a point.

The idea of emoticons (the technical geek-speak for smileys) is actually pretty good. The written word (especially informal electronic messages) can not convey sarcasm or a joking tone. The point of a smiley is to be sure to let the reader know the emotion attached to the email.

For example, one of the VP's at my former work emailed me about something and included a rather rude remark regarding one of the people I managed. I was pretty upset about it and confronted him. It turned out that he forgot to put a smiley at the end of the sentence, indicate that he was joking.

So, like the boy who cried wolf, use smileys when you mean to.

(And I'm still going to get rid of some of them, probably later this week.)
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Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2008, 12:07:41 AM »
If you have to get rid of them get rid of the following

 8) :P :-[ :-X :-*

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Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2008, 03:57:51 AM »
If you have to get rid of them get rid of the following

 8) :P :-[ :-X :-*
No way. I would keep  8) :-[ but get rid of  :P :-X :-*.
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Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2008, 08:07:05 PM »
So, we all agree that :) ;) :D ;D >:( :( ::) should stay.

And    :-* :-X :P should go.

Should glow words stay or go?

should marquee letters stay or go?

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Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2008, 12:11:57 AM »
Yep. Lets get rid of  :P :-X :-*
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