Stack Exchange uses Markdown, but unlike so many other sites (e.g. GitHub, Discourse, Slack) that use Markdown, we don't support Emoji. I'd like to be able to write
:heart: or even
:poop: and have it render correctly on all Stack Exchange sites.
See the Emoji Cheat Sheet for more examples.
To clarify - I'm not asking for emoji character support. We can already do emoji with Unicode characters, like this: ☺️ 👍 ❤️ 💩
I'm asking specifically that the markdown engine recognize the emoji tags like
:smile:. It would be great if it rendered with better graphics, but rendering with their text equivalents would also be acceptable.