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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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89 comments
JCitizen
JCitizen

Which is my fault of course! My PC was down when this came out!

rob mekel
rob mekel

I'm innocent 0:-) [i]wonders off to some coffee [_]3 [/i]

rob mekel
rob mekel

Tnx Tammy, Mark. So the laugh emoticon is back to the O or still the 0 let's ceck: with O :^O with 0 :^0 Still nice bunch of them, tnx :)

LarryBoy2
LarryBoy2

I am :) to see this B-) list of emoticons. Definitely give them a :-bd. Will have to get me one of those [_]3 at some point. :D Will v/ into that later. Gotta get back to work now. :(

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

As if things are not hard enough in IT TR gives us much more to learn to stay up to date with the last site downgrade um redesign, backward step, or whatever it was anyway. :-& I'm assuming that Boxy is responsible wanting us all to learn more. :O Now I have to see what the new Emotion looks like after my name to see if it works for me. :p Col 0:-) OH looks so prreetty and suits the new me. :^0 :D :^0 :D

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I'll take my [_]3 to Atlanta with me tomorrow.

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

Considering the passion behind some of the political discussions that can be found around TR's water cooler, we might need a Gadsden (Don't Tread on Me) emoticon for the libertarian thinkers among us (including yours truly). http://www.foundingfathers.info/stories/gadsden.html And, in the name of fairness, I suppose a hammer and sickle emoticon for the collectivist thinkers might be in order as well.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

and Sonja may just bless you with a mug :D

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

ought to be a lifetime pursuit. Blame me all you like. :D

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

joe [_]3 - as you'll need it later for the test. ;-) :p :D -Tammy

santeewelding
santeewelding

A happy face with coke-bottle-bottom eyeglasses for nearsightedness.

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

Can't forget you got to sign up for the Newsletter (TechRepublic Community Central) - We got Swag Central which features 3 members each week for swag and "Tips of the week" which gets you some swag as well (and Jacky Howe is winning in that department) [end of shamless plug] -Tammy :D

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Only a teacher or my mother would say that. OH wait a minute my mother was a teacher. And a red head as well so if you didn't learn she would instruct the Sh!t out of you. :_| Personally I gave up learning when I left University in,,, uh,,, well lets just say a [b]Long Time Ago Now.[/b] Or how about [b]Last Century?[/b] That works for me and sounds like a long time ago without being too specific. :^0 The one important lesson that I learned at Uni was that those who where supposed to teach didn't know anything not in the books, believed what was in the books completely even if it was nonsense and had completely failed in doing what it was that they where teaching. :0 Now I just absorb what is required. :p Col 0:-)

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

but I didn't set it for a receipt so you will have to let us know if you get any of them.

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

Did you get today's send? Enquiring minds want to know :D -Tammy [_]3

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

..an excuse for not sending in some tips to be featured in the newsletter - now get cracking and put something together and send it along :D -Tammy [_]3

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

an entire case of mugs and a box of T-Shirts. :D

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I should receive an entire case of mugs :D :D Then I can show up Boxy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

a buzz when you do remember and it arrives. :D

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

I will personally forward you a copy. Then you will be up to date at Community Central. The only reason that I am getting a plug is because me and Tammy

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

The one sent on March 2nd and February 23rd (the one for the 16th didn't go out due to a US holiday) Are you sure you didn't somehow infiltrate it sending it to never-ever land? :O -Tammy [_]3

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

It didn't arrive last week so I thought that it had stopped being sent out because the Editor of it had lost interest. :0 Actually I haven't seen that for a long time and I'm only aware of it not arriving because of a thread that was opened by Jacky I think. But as you claim that he's top of the Pile I now know why he was wingding about it. :D However if it was a shameless Plug there would have been a Disgusting Link to the thread that announced this what was it now several centenaries ago? OH I see I missed the link here http://tinyurl.com/caqfzh Col 0:-)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

how can you consider yourself a GOD? Hmmm? They dont care nuttin bout you no more, so you are no longer their god, therefore you are just a lonely broken down machine :^0 :^0 :^0 (insert laughing AT YOU emoticon here)

santeewelding
santeewelding

Any more like those and I yank your franchise.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I just allow my slaves the BORG to absorb the required data and then they pass it on to me when they have Assimilated it. And here you thought that the Queen of the Borg was the controller. Who do you think made the Queen? B-) I had to make some new minions because the Darleks and Cybermen stopped sharing their acquired information. It's hard being a [b]GOD[/b] particularly when the Creations stop doing what I tell them to. :^0 Col 0:-)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

where is it all absorbed??? Maybe that is why HAL needs maintenance, it is being absorbed in the back end area :0

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

And the universal "your problem is obvious" for the opposition! :D B-)

neilb
neilb

X-( Red and angry...

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

you knew about the approverer for some time now. Until OTR gives you approvalal you just gotta live with it :^0

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

totally reminded me of Sonic the HedgeHog. I guess I played too many games when I was younger :0

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

you can't take away my righteous quo after I finally achieved it. I protest and demand a recount! -Tammy [_]3

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

He didn't approve interim approverer permission for anyone. I guess he doesn't approve of any of us approvering. :D :D :D My Sonic impression? ??? etu

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

its been kinda warm here (and wet), so I am fine :D Oh, and didnt the approverer give you approvalal permissions in his majesties absence? Or did you forget to ask??? Oh, and your Sonic impression needs some work

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Off [b]vacationing[/b] in the [b]Bahamas[/b] where it's nice and [b]warm[/b] and eating [b]lobster[/b] everyday while we're here [b]working[/b] and [b]freezing[/b] and [b]not[/b] eating [b]lobster[/b] everyday. :( :D :D :D etu

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

if OTR approves -- please remember that, he is the approverer

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

That has got to be the first time I've been right... well since last time I told my OH he was wrong which was.... ummm.... this morning ;-) :p :D -Tammy

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

For old time's sake, we should show em' how it's REALLY done. (In a separate off-topic thread, of course, and one clearly marked for the [i]hot[/i] content.)

santeewelding
santeewelding

HAL has said it. Age and treachery has made him say it. I join him hand in hand. What the fluck else is there aside from (knife) edge? Yes, dear younger Tammy, I have haunted every syllable of this most helpful post. I may even print out the instructions for my aged eyes. You, and the others, are to be congratulated.

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

That's what happens when I see that "eye" of yours ;-) -Tammy :D :D :D :::::Runs off mumbling and singing:::: PS: It might take another 2-3 yrs if the design team thinks new emoticons makes everyone nuts :p PSS: How about a compromise - flame away but in a new discussion that is for "eyes" only, versus in here, as we'll be linking to this blog/discussion for newbies :-)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

[b]WHY NOT?[/b] Flame wars are fun Maxwell and I have engaged in them many times in the past and no doubt will again to let off some steam and cool down. I enjoy Flame Wars! :p Besides as there is no [b]Maniacal Laughter[/b] Emotion what's to celebrate? :^0 Col ]:)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Yes, ma'am. And thank you for the twisting, begging, pleading, nudging and design genius. :)

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

let's not turn this thread into a flame war - it's suppose to be a time to celebrate - after 2-3 yrs we finally got some emoticons to play around with - and trust me it took a lot of arm twisting, begging, pleading, nudging to get what we have - orginally it was suppose to only be 8, but I managed to get 8 more seeing as how the embed image tag is currently not working, and that took my having to come up with the design and send it off to the design team for converting. Shall I sing? ~/* Stop in the name of loooooooooooooove before I pull out my sand filled coke bottle and use it lalalalalala ~/* -Tammy

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

for the simple reason that you don't understand what he says, and thus don't like him. A cheap shot I had thought beneath you.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Some leave no room for doubt. Others deliberately provoke it. Still others invoke the uncommon. I chase the uncommon. I always have, I hope I always will. The uncommon requires the benefit of the doubt if it is to be apprehended. etu

santeewelding
santeewelding

For questions probably beyond your ken. In which connection, my belated answer to Sonja is -- with respect to her question about hobbies, which I do not have, dealing only upfront with the upfront, engaging with it all -- knife fighting. I can tell from here that you are easy. Too easy.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

to find criticism there? Being a wearer of coke bottle lenses I thought it was freaking funny. You wanted a Gadsden emoticon, Nick wanted an anarchist and a chauvinist... No one has accused either of you of criticism. Good grief.

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