FACT: 106 of the last 150 posts containing "^_~" were Rym's.
FACT: In other words, Rym has used "^_~" 106 times in roughly the last 3 and one half months in this forum. And who knows how often it is used by him elsewhere on the internet.
FACT: The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.
I think it's about time you 'fessed up, Rym.
WRONG. Black bears.
Fact: Bears eat beats.
Bears. Beats. Battlestar Galactica.
Ok, dumb question.
:) > :-) > :^) > =)
;) > ;^) > ^_~
:D > =^D > XD
^_^ stands apart from =), and I use the two to different effect.
In general, I use far fewer emoticons than I used to. I blame it mostly on the sheer amount of chatting I did way back in the ICQ days.
In other words, it was as simple as typing "written by: rym" into my ctrl+f search. Go ahead, check my counting if you're so skeptical of it.
Don't say that now you want me to find the quoted non-Rym "^_~" to modify '150' now because, even if I did, it would only increase the percentage of Rym-posted smilies and therefore only further support my point. And I'm never counting posts like that ever again.