A lot of mention has been made of the seriousness of Stack Overflow (and presumably Server Fault). Would it be a good idea to turn smilies :-) into actual images as per phpBB in questions and answers?
Please god no.
I will kill anyone who does this.
If I wanted smilies, I'd go to Yahoo answers
"Allowed"? Are we going to have a new close option? "Use of emoticons" is a reason to close a post?!?!
I can see it now...
closed as Using Emoticons by Ólafur Waage, malach, yshuditelu, TheTXI, dbr and Rich B
Textual Smiles are fine. But all the graphics to represent them are lame. And it would be a shame to increase the "graphics load" of the finest text-only site on the internet.
Ugh, no. My wiki at work does this, and it busts "count(*)", transforming it into "count" followed by a star gif. :-( :-( :-(
I would say no. I believe a humorous answer now and then is a good thing and perfectly acceptable. However, I would see adding graphical smilies as encouragement to use them and I don't think its behavior that should be encouraged. It doesn't need to be discouraged, but I wouldn't want it to be encouraged.
Here you go, your flounder smiley, mmyers:
If you really care about smilies that much, use Firefox and write your own smiley-to-image converter in Greasemonkey.
I love getting information from SO. Apart from fun questions, smileys always iritate me (even ASCII character based ones). If you want to be sarcastic, hint that something is not to be taken seriously, I suggest rephrasing in most cases. There is the odd case of humor - which most the times speaks for itself. And do not forget people with non English background.
But most of all, inline graphics are most distracting.
So please do not add this feature.
If you really want smilies you can add them yourself.
The site could host a small number of often used smilie images so that you could do this for example.
No way! Only the text smilies are universally loved. Everyone has different taste in graphical smilies.
If it's added, it should be an option. I kind of like them, but I think the development staff have bigger fish to fry. Besides... you can always do it manually if you must.
You may ban my account now:)
The amount of emoticons a person uses on a professional site like SO.com is inversely proportional to their intelligence.
(Answer added for the purposes of downvoting.)