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Should smilies be turned into images in questions and answers?

It just struck me that we need emoticons. So often I find myself typing ;) and then wondering how to format it so it looks right. In the edit box, it looks fine, and I guess the backstrophe has been perfected so it looks right. But still the basic emoticons would be nice. And can't we have something creative, StackOverflow-ish, instead of the standard ones that we see in forums? I really like the ones Skype uses. A few that we should have are :), ;),:/, :(, :O, plus a few others I probably missed.

Oh, and no emoticons in code blocks.

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marked as duplicate by Bill the Lizard Feb 4 '11 at 16:14

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No please, they remember me the fishy free smileycons programs that I usually find on my relatives pc (when I have to fix them) – systempuntoout Feb 4 '11 at 16:10
No, you're not the first. – Bill the Lizard Feb 4 '11 at 16:14
Last stop before animated avatars. ☹ – Arjan Feb 4 '11 at 16:14
You're not the first, and you won't be the last, but you'll get the same response: NO! – gnostradamus Feb 4 '11 at 16:15
<insert rchern-backwards-smiley joke here> – Tyler Carter Feb 4 '11 at 16:15
This is what I think about this question: ఠ_ఠ – Won't Feb 4 '11 at 16:26


The world is a better place when not riddled with misshapen circles meant to represent emotion. If you really really really need them just use the ASCII alternatives that you listed.

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That "No" is not really large enough. No, really... there is no font large enough. – Robert Cartaino Feb 4 '11 at 23:29

I suggest that we format :) as:

And we can use the same algorithm for many others, including but not limited to the ones you've listed. The possibilities are endless!

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This applies to questions and answers only, of course. Comments are exempt. – mmyers Feb 4 '11 at 16:14
I don't understand. What are we formatting as what? – Tshepang Feb 4 '11 at 16:22
@Tshepang: Naturally! – mmyers Feb 4 '11 at 16:32
@tshepang: whoosh (sorry, but it's true) – jcolebrand Feb 4 '11 at 16:55
Is this a humor post? – Tshepang Feb 4 '11 at 17:03
@Tshepang: Yes. You can tell because it has an emoticon in it. – mmyers Feb 4 '11 at 17:06
I must consume my humor-detection vitamins more consistently. – Tshepang Feb 4 '11 at 17:09

Should we limit emoticons to comments? Vote up or down accordingly, this answer is CW.

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We should limit emoticons to non-existent. – dmckee Feb 4 '11 at 21:48

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