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What are your views on Emoticons in posts?
I am weighing up the pros and cons of using them on my forum. I notice Mark has opted out of them, even though I know they are very popular. So it got me wondering. I think they are a nice thing to have, they can emphasize a mood and add colour. But, they are also overused, and they have a tendency to make the contributer use lazy English. Furthermore, you could even say they are childish, and a distraction to the essense of the topic. Perhaps the responsible action is to get the poster to write eloquently, (everyone can do this, if they try) and leave the emoticons to Myspace and teen forums. It is just a discussion, I am not sure which way I want to go yet!
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