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Express yourself with new emoticons in the Community Forums

We have created new emoticons designed to make the forums more accessible, or at least more expressive, to more members. Whether you are merely a forum lurker, an occasional participant, or a hardcore regular contributor, we want to know what you think about these enhancements.

Thousands and thousands of TechRepublic members participate in our Community Forums each day, trading ideas, offering solutions, and adding commentary. Over the years we have asked for your input on some of the things you like about our forums, things you don't like, and for what you would like to see changed in these forums.

Based on your feedback we have implemented a set of new emoticons designed to make the forums more accessible, or at least more expressive, to more members. Whether you are merely a forum lurker, an occasional participant, or a hardcore regular contributor, we want to know what you think about these enhancements.

Emoticons

Sometimes you need a little more than mere text to express your point with the passion it demands. You'll find more than just happy faces in our emoticon converter. In fact, type ]:) in a discussion post and you'll see what we mean. Table A shows you the current emoticons:

Table A

Emotion

ASCII

Image

Happy :) or :-)

Sad :( or :-(

Grin :D

Love :x

Mischief ;\

Cool B-)

Devil ]:)

Silly :p

Angry X-(

Laugh :^O

Wink ;) or ;-)

Blush :8}

Cry :_|

Confused ?:|

Shocked :O

Plain :|

Santa <:-)>
Angel 0:-)

Sick/Ill/Barf :-&
Pirate :ar!

Thumbs down :-q

Thumbs Up :-bd

Party <:o)

Heart <3

Flower

@->-

Check

v/

TR Mug

[_]3

Music Note

~/*

Paw Print

(@)

Star

<*>

Stop

(S)

Light Bulb

C=

We need your input

The TechRepublic Community Forums are a vital part of TechRepublic and we are committed to providing a full feature-set for those areas. This is why we are seeking your input. Join the discussion and let us know what you like about the new emoticons, what you don't like, and, most importantly, what you would like to see implemented at a future date.

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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