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I say, "Stop using emoticons. No more emoticons, please."
Emoticons, in their purest form, are a nice, non-invasive touch to a very, very, VERY casual message. In forum posts, they can be used ironically, or to enhance a message (like curses were originally supposed to be), but a poster who uses them all the time will never be taken seriously....Smileys, however, are an abomination, and should never be utilized by a program or forum. They take a cute little picture and make it invasive and annoying.
- mostly XD.
Noses on smilies are like noses in drawing, worthless.