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I think it is time to abolish the crutch that the poor communicators on this site use.

 

wink.gif If you're "just kidding" then stop wasting my time? Or if what you said is worth my time because it is so damn funny, then have faith that I know it is funny, so don't wink at me or I'll poke out your open eye with my fountain pen.

 

thumb.gifThe same goes for the "thumbs up people" who are just trying to be agreeable to have people like them. Stick that thumb somewhere else, because people won't like you with or without it.

 

mad.gif All this means to me is that you're gay.

 

buttrock.gifOr performing a rapid gay act.

 

thud.gif Or performing a slower gay act.

 

A picture may mean a thousand words, but frankly, some people on this forum could benefit from using less words.

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Shit, I was even heavily tempted to use one at the end of that sentence.

 

That's right! It is an addiction isn't it. Try to post for one week without smilies. You'll either be very misunderstood or flat out banned.

 

On the flip side, smilies let you get away with murder. For example:

 

Ryan, you're a prick fanboy communist redneck girl-man wink.gif

 

Go to hell everyone in this threadwink.gif

 

Moderators can eat my ass wink.gif

 

You see, I'm exempt. I can't be touched! I could threaten the president in an email, and just put an old winky in there, and I'm fine.

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That's right! It is an addiction isn't it. Try to post for one week without smilies. You'll either be very misunderstood or flat out banned.

 

On the flip side' date=' smilies let you get away with murder. For example:

 

Ryan, you're a prick fanboy communist redneck girl-man [img']http://lcvg.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

 

Go to hell everyone in this threadwink.gif

 

Moderators can eat my ass wink.gif

 

You see, I'm exempt. I can't be touched! I could threaten the president in an email, and just put an old winky in there, and I'm fine.

 

 

 

Though I do agree that the winky smiley is overused, I think it needs to be said from a non-mod stand point that it is not Kryiptonyte nothing is, excpet for kryiptonyte itself.

 

If you are joking with some one its one thing but if you are blatenly herassing someone no about of winkey is going to save you.

These are just some of the same issues that we had with the old board just being rehashed, stiring the flames.........

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Hey, where the hell is the smiley at the end!

Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean its not there. You just have to figure it out for yourself. And that is half the fun. People here are so used to seeing them, that when they don't see them, they're like, "Does he really want to shove an Xbox up JTello's ass?" I trust most people here to tell the difference. And yes, Joel's ass is big enough.

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That's right! It is an addiction isn't it. Try to post for one week without smilies. You'll either be very misunderstood or flat out banned.

See now, if I had been able to use smileys in my previous post, you might have picked up on the fact that the entire post was also sarcasm.

 

Or maybe this is the real sarcastic post.

 

You'll never know!

 

Nine hundred and eighty one words were spared in the making of this post through the avoidance of smileys.

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That's right! It is an addiction isn't it. Try to post for one week without smilies. You'll either be very misunderstood or flat out banned.

 

On the flip side' date=' smilies let you get away with murder. For example:

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On a serious note, smilies are surrogates for tone-of-voice (aka "prosody"). Tone-of-voice in spoken conversation carries a lot of information, mostly about emotional context.

 

Just like you can abuse tone-of-voice to subtly slam someone even though you literally say something nice, the same goes for smilies.

 

You might think, "well, if they are so necessary, how come after 8000 years of written word we've done fine without them?"

 

The difference is that parts of the internet, like forums, most email, and especially chat, are conversational - which is a role written language has rarely had, and certainly never on the massive scale that the internet demands. Conversational writing is nothing like a novel, or a research paper.

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Ed's post is on the money about the smilies. So, to answer the obviously silly question, no we are not banning smilies on LCVG. :D

 

Also, keep in mind gents that this thread is firmly tongue in cheek. I don't think it was Kieth's intention to outright insult anyone (except for J-Tello of course but what's changed. :) ) and I would hate for anyone to take it as such. Nothing wrong with having a little fun.

 

Nine hundred and eighty one words were spared in the making of this post through the avoidance of smileys.

 

I don't know why but I laughed my ass off at that.

 

EDIT: Also guys, I recently recieved some reports on this thread from some of the members. I'm personally enjoying this somewhat "offbeat" discussion and would like to see it continue. Please try to keep the vulgarity and racial comments to a minimum.

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Since in the spirit of this thread I cannot use smilies to convey truth and the irony within, I thank Futurevoid for stepping up and casting light for those languishing in the dark.

 

For my next thread, I'd like to callout people's ridiculous LCVG usernames, and why anyone without some portion of George Bush's image in their avatar are unpatriotic.

 

Wait a second, what happened to my Bushladen avatar? Did the mods secretly take the switchover as an opportunity to oppress my Bushladen!? Well you asked for it! I will think long and hard about what my NEW avatar will be! Get ready for Joel's ass composited with Mario & Luigi.

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