I hate smileys :D I know, that sounds strange from a 16-year old ^^ but I feel like smileys are lowering the professionalism of the network :(

I would ♥ to edit all posts with smileys, but fortunately I can keep myself under control O:)

But I still wonder: do we have a policy on the use of smileys?

Related: Stack Overflow should have smileys and friend groups and especially this answer.

Useful smileys are an exception of course.

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    Smileys are noise ;)
    – yannis
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:14
  • 1
    That second link is just a picture of how @Won't actually sees the world
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:24
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    Burn them! Burn them all with Fire! XD :)
    – tombull89
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:27
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    Indeed, that sounds strange from a 16-year old.
    – Arjan
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:32
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    If emoticons are to be banned, so should ♥s.
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:49
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    @Oded all emoticons in my question are meant to illustrate my hate. The ♥ is an example of that as well, yes.
    – Keelan
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:50
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    So I've not caught you in an inconsistency. My plan has been foiled!
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:51
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    :( Am I the only one around here who likes emoticons? (I agree though that they should not be used in questions or answers).
    – Felix
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:52
  • I swear your profile had 21 as your age a few days ago, what are you up to? :o[)
    – brasofilo
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 15:20
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    I'm innocent! Really, I never changed my birthday on SE (in real life neither, by the way)
    – Keelan
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 15:44
  • I didn't say in my previous comment, but it was either that or my own age playing tricks with my memory, I'll have to acknowledge the latter, upS!
    – brasofilo
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 18:06
  • @brasofilo: You seem to have mistaken him for me. Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 19:36
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn, five more years and Camil will be Unicorning the whole Stack.
    – brasofilo
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 20:12
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    @Felix Welcome to meta.. This is where the irony begins (and hopefully ends..) :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D oh, and have a ★.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 16:11
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    Stack Overflow for Teams has reactions which are a kind of smiley as well (but not in the content of the post, it's more like a publicly visible vote).
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Apr 17, 2020 at 8:32

2 Answers 2


In questions and answers, smileys (and by extension, emojis) are almost always noise that detract from the core content, unless the question is about rendering, displaying or interacting with smileys.

Like most other minor forms of noise, feel free to remove them whenever you come across them. That said, I wouldn't edit just for a smiley alone.

As always, make sure your edits fix all the issues you can see, not just the trivial ones. (Particularly whilst your edits have to be reviewed.)

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    In questions and answers, yes I'd agree. Personally I don't have a problem with them in comments though; they seem more appropriate there. :o)
    – JonW
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:44
  • And I can't edit comments :'(
    – Keelan
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:44
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    Would you rather have a banana, @Camil?
    – Arjan
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 14:55
  • @Arjan bananas are awesome!
    – Keelan
    Commented Mar 17, 2013 at 9:00
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    @JonW. I think all emoticons should be barred. Some people use :) not as simile/happy but as a smart-alec-smirk, a silent flame of i've made you look silly with this comment. Note emoticon included for clarity nor cos I use them
    – rhubarbdog
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 19:40

Although I can understand the ‘unprofessionalism’ thought, when we’re essentially scrutinizing someone’s work, it can ease tension or notes of hostility with a smiley or two :) (in comments, not on a post)

  • If you venture into the non-posts worlds, also better mention chat, where it's even encouraged to use smileys when joking, and even when just chatting. :) Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 5:30

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