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Title: Smileys? Yea or Nay
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 02, 2008, 11:51:45 PM
With access to the back end of this forum, I can make a number of customizations. One that I have been considering is to disable "emoticons" or "smileys". For example:
 :) ;) :D ;D >:( :( :o 8) ??? ::) :-[ :P :-X :-\ :-* :'(

I'm personally not a big fan of them (and frankly find anything but a simple :-) rather annoying.)

But, I wanted to get the opinions of others in our online community.

Some other options I could disable include:
Glowing Text
And
Animated Banners

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: James Patten on December 03, 2008, 08:09:20 AM
I notice SOME people seem to over use them.  However, for most of us I think they are a good indicator of mood or intent in the message.  I say we keep them (although if they could be disabled for certain users, I'd say do that).
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Stephen Hussar on December 03, 2008, 08:12:40 AM
I notice SOME people seem to over use them.  However, for most of us I think they are a good indicator of mood or intent in the message.  I say we keep them (although if they could be disabled for certain users, I'd say do that).
Can't say it any better than that!
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Mike Fox on December 03, 2008, 08:46:44 AM
James beat me to it. Sometimes a little smile after a somewhat sarcastic comment does "show" the mood. Overuse is very annoying though. >:(
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on December 03, 2008, 10:36:36 AM
I agree with James. I don't use them because I haven't figured out out to use them yet... They can be overused. Banners and glow scrip should be disabled.
KD
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on December 03, 2008, 10:41:05 AM
On second thought (after reading recent postings) get rid of the Smileys.
KD
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Eric Bolton on December 03, 2008, 07:09:31 PM
Some users need to have a daily limit on how many posts they can make. Like three a day instead of three on every thread. However I think that the smiles should be removed.
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: John McNamara on December 03, 2008, 09:20:10 PM
The "keep one or two smileys" option is ahead at the moment, and if it succeeds, I suppose the next question will be "which one or two smileys?" [imagine the  smiley of your choice placed here]

-John
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 03, 2008, 09:26:11 PM
The ones I intended on keeping are:
 :) ;) :(
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Mike Fox on December 03, 2008, 09:43:26 PM
What no  ;D? That makes me angry >:(. Just kidding. Oh, should I have posted that in the fooling around topic?
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: John McNamara on December 03, 2008, 10:44:21 PM
The ones I intended on keeping are:
 :) ;) :(
Is there a means to limit the number of smileys per post so that people don't put in 18 of the authorized smileys?
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 03, 2008, 10:51:36 PM
Unfortunately, not. Unless I really wanted to get deep into PHP script programming.
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on December 04, 2008, 12:09:03 AM
Hi everybody, my name is Pete.... :)
[HI PETE! ;D]
...and I am a recovering Smiley abuser! :o :-[ ;) :D

Actually, I agree with the seccond posting.
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
Post by: Matthew Martin on December 09, 2008, 03:30:10 PM
I voted keep them, they dont bother me. I just think that in the Proper Nettiquite section, there should be a rule that says that you have a limit of 2 smileys to a post, and if you dont obey it, you get a warning.

I personally dont mind the glowing or marquee features ;D
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on December 09, 2008, 09:29:54 PM
Sorry but I put on a lot of smilys on because It shows the way how I first think of a new post and my last smily is my final reaction to the post! Heres an example... ??? :o ::) :D ;D
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nea
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on December 09, 2008, 09:31:52 PM
What no  ;D? That makes me angry >:(. Just kidding. Oh, should I have posted that in the fooling around topic?
Maybe you should!!! ;) :) ;)
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 10, 2008, 12:07:30 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.)
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
Post by: Matthew Martin on December 10, 2008, 08:07:41 PM
If you have to get rid of them get rid of the following

 8) :P :-[ :-X :-*
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on December 10, 2008, 11:57:51 PM
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 :-*.
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
Post by: Matthew Martin on December 12, 2008, 04:07:05 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?
Title: Re: Smileys? Yea or Nay
Post by: Matthew Gustafson on December 12, 2008, 08:11:57 PM
Yep. Lets get rid of  :P :-X :-*