I am looking for a canonical question and answer on this issue.
In all honesty I think we just don't need a comic strip to explain what a user is saying. Currently I edit out emoticons I see, but this post presents a whole new type of .... ? what I'm not sure.
Is there are community consensus on this either way?
These questions are related — but different:
- Should smilies be turned into images in questions and answers?
- Emoticons, am I the first?
- Support Emoji in Markdown
Please try and answer sensibly (rolls eyes at the prospect of a flood of emojis in answers) — so we can actually have something that we can link to new users (or old users) when editing this stuff out — or (even worse), defending its existence.