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It is possible to type emojis in SE questions, answers and comments. Although I have never actually seen another user do it, I managed to do it accidentally and the emojis look ugly and do not fit in with SE's look.

We should, therefore, disallow emojis in comments and posts.

Examples of emojis:

  • LOL: 😂
  • Fire: 🔥
  • Heart: ❤
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    What should people do when they're asking about emoji support in their app or if their app is made in emojicode? Yep, that's a language. Feb 28, 2020 at 20:04
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    There are many questions on Stackoverflow alone concerning unicode characters like emojis. They're also useful in places like Interpersonal.SE when discussing text communication. Not to mention, several SO inc staff (and former staff) like to use them in posts (ie: meta.stackoverflow.com/a/387722/2602718). Do you have a reason more than "I don't like how they look so no one should get to use them"?
    – scohe001
    Feb 28, 2020 at 20:04
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    Seeing as there are tons of emoji, tons of ways to combine them to make other emoji, and tons of new ones released every year, I don't really think this would pay off. Feb 28, 2020 at 20:06
  • Not to mention there's an upcoming "feature" of emoji reactions to posts (albeit from a small set) Feb 28, 2020 at 20:06
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    also related: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/381660/…
    – rene
    Feb 28, 2020 at 20:06
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    I agree with the other commenters that this is not practical, and downvoted accordingly, but I like the way you're thinking!
    – SOLO
    Feb 28, 2020 at 20:07
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    Also note that downvotes on Meta are a little different than on the main sites. Specifically for feature requests, downvotes just signify a disagreement with what you're suggesting (not necessarily anything to do with your research effort/topicality/formatting/etc as on main sites)
    – scohe001
    Feb 28, 2020 at 20:07
  • @JohnDvorak if it is a language can I challenge you to write an answer here in emojicode?
    – rene
    Feb 28, 2020 at 20:07
  • @rene It's a programming language... Feb 28, 2020 at 20:08
  • @rene write an answer in a programming language? Feb 28, 2020 at 20:08
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    Eg, here's a Python question about emojis which I answered: stackoverflow.com/q/47716217/4014959 Writing that question or answer without emojis would've been difficult...
    – PM 2Ring
    Mar 2, 2020 at 16:55

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The biggest problem I see here is technical implementation. Even ignoring the fact that some questions could be specifically discussing emoji, it'd still be difficult to implement.

Take a look at your phone keyboard's emoji section. If you're on Android, it's a ton. If you're on iOS, it's practically infinite. And it's still growing. There are new emoji added every year.

It's not possible to just blacklist "all emoji." Emoji are part of the Unicode standard, so you'd have to also block all of Unicode for an umbrella blacklist to work. The other option is to manually maintain a list of emoji in the form of disallowed Unicode characters. Not only is that tedious, there are instances where emoji are actually combinations of different emoji or even other Unicode characters.

Now sure, it's possible to build and maintain an emoji blacklist, but Stack Exchange is having enough trouble with making the homepage responsive, thanks to limited resources.

How many times have you seen actual emoji in a post or comment where they aren't relevant? I know I haven't seen it very often at all. I'm pretty sure I've seen emoticons much more often (:) and such).

Considering the technical challenge, combined with the low frequency of it actually happening, I don't really think the benefit outweighs the cost here.

This is all ignoring the possibility of legitimate uses of emoji, the fact that some people are actually fine with them in posts, etc.

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I think emojis in comments are fine because comments are temporary.

Within posts, which are the permanent record of Stack Exchange sites, I think emojis are fine when they are technically (not socially) relevant to the post, but otherwise should be removed as part of any substantial edit along with greetings, signatures, thanks and other chit chat.

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the emojis look ugly and do not fit in with SE's look.

That is an opinion. I believe otherwise.

Even if we could agree that emojis are ugly (they aren't), as users stated in comments there may be questions about emojis themselves in the network. Questions about implementation in Stack Overflow, questions about problems with emojis in Super User, and questions about cultural connotations of specific emojis in the language oriented stacks (in my country people think the prayer emoji means a high-five).

So unless you can come up with a reason better than "I don't like emojis", I think the ability to use them should be preserved 😜

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