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 Mar 16 '13 at 14:14
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    That second link is just a picture of how @Won't actually sees the world – Ben Brocka Mar 16 '13 at 14:24
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    Burn them! Burn them all with Fire! XD :) – tombull89 Mar 16 '13 at 14:27
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    Indeed, that sounds strange from a 16-year old. – Arjan Mar 16 '13 at 14:32
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    If emoticons are to be banned, so should ♥s. – Oded Mar 16 '13 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 Mar 16 '13 at 14:50
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    So I've not caught you in an inconsistency. My plan has been foiled! – Oded Mar 16 '13 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 Mar 16 '13 at 14:52
  • I swear your profile had 21 as your age a few days ago, what are you up to? :o[) – brasofilo Mar 16 '13 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 Mar 16 '13 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 Mar 16 '13 at 18:06
  • @brasofilo: You seem to have mistaken him for me. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Mar 16 '13 at 19:36
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn, five more years and Camil will be Unicorning the whole Stack. – brasofilo Mar 16 '13 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 May 9 '13 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 Apr 17 '20 at 8:32

In questions and answers smileys (and by extension, emojis) are noise that detract from the core content.

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 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 Mar 16 '13 at 14:44
  • And I can't edit comments :'( – Keelan Mar 16 '13 at 14:44
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    Would you rather have a banana, @Camil? – Arjan Mar 16 '13 at 14:55
  • @Arjan bananas are awesome! – Keelan Mar 17 '13 at 9:00
  • @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 Jun 17 '15 at 19:40

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