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Smileys as punctuation?
Dario ff
Member #10,065
August 2008
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For all of you grammar/punctuation nazis. I'm going to settle this for once and for all. I've always seen a lot of people use a smiley like it was a full stop, and other people put a full stop, and then a smiley.

Which one is correct?

Have a nice day :)
Have a nice day. :)

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Neil Black
Member #7,867
October 2006
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What about a smiley and then a full stop?

Have a nice day :) .

Arthur Kalliokoski
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February 2005
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I like the no-full-stop version, as if the smiley was the full stop.

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verthex
Member #11,340
September 2009
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I think Matthew needs to implement garbage collection for all these useless threads.

Dario ff
Member #10,065
August 2008
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It's not useless to me ;)
(And here it happens again).

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Modulator
Member #11,784
March 2010

I guess you could add an exclamation mark too; like...

Have a nice day :)!

X-G
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December 2000
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Dario ff said:

I've always seen a lot of people use a smiley like it was a full stop

Those people are stupid.

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bamccaig
Member #7,536
July 2006
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^ This. Smileys are meant to add an emotional hint towards the tone of the preceding sentence(s). They aren't punctuation themselves. :P

Dario ff
Member #10,065
August 2008
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Thanks, now my mind is settled. I find it weird to use a smiley like a full stop, maybe just because it resemebles a big dot. :P

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jhuuskon
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April 2000
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More annoying than people who use smileys as full stops are people who are unable to understand a written joke as such wihtout a smiley.

This post is not humorous in content.

You don't deserve my sig.

Arthur Kalliokoski
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February 2005
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jhuuskon said:

More annoying than people who use smileys as full stops are people who are unable to understand a written joke as such wihtout a smiley.

Like people who do rude things and then try to defuse the response with "Just kidding"?

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck.”

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BAF
Member #2,981
December 2002
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Why not just replace letters with smilies?

8-):(:o:-*;D:'(8-)8-):-/:P:o:-X???

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errr, is there a limit to how many smilies you can put in one post?

Modulator
Member #11,784
March 2010

I miss the smiley face that you could see in an old telecommunication program like Procomm. Artwork produce by people in ANSI graphics was fun to look at too on an old BBS.

23yrold3yrold
Member #1,134
March 2001
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Before or after the punctuation; it's situational. Never in place of it.

BAF said:

errr, is there a limit to how many smilies you can put in one post?

I do hope so. :)

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March 2004
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verthex said:

I think Matthew needs to implement garbage collection for all these useless threads.

I've often wondered how big his hardrives are. Must feel quite a responsibility to have what must be one of the worlds biggest resources for game development knowledge.

OnlineCop
Member #7,919
October 2006
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Smileys adlibs!

Using smilies, your words said:

Once, in a _____ far away, there lived a small _____.
For weeks, nothing of interest ever _____, although locals would sometimes entertain themselves with _____.
But that was all about to _____.
Without warning, there was a _____ _____! The inhabitants all started to ____ for ____.
It was the ____ of Allegro 5.0.

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Bob Keane
Member #7,342
June 2006

I've often wondered how big his hardrives are.

It's not the size of your harddrives, it's the gigabits of throughput. I always thought it was smileys then sentence ending punctuation. The smileys were only used for emphasis, not punctuation. ???

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Arthur Kalliokoski
Second in Command
February 2005
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De gustibus non est disputandum

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

Modulator
Member #11,784
March 2010

“There is no disputing about tastes" - Arthur Kalliokoski.

I guess not, but some foods are tasty!

;D

bamccaig
Member #7,536
July 2006
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Modulator
Member #11,784
March 2010

Quote:

bamccaig:

Gosh, guess I could use that. :)

BAF
Member #2,981
December 2002
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Ignore bamccaig, and just put quote tags around the post. 99% of the time, a.cc will find the right post to link to. He just likes to be approximately 8 times as verbose as he has to be. :P

OnlineCop
Member #7,919
October 2006
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8 is a good 2-to-the-nth...

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Chris Katko
Member #1,881
January 2002
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I'm going to start taxing smileys, and internet acronyms such as "WTF", "L O L", and "RTFM".

p.s. why does {'L', 'O', 'L'} automagically turn into a smiley face? You are creative, sir Matthew.

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Arthur Kalliokoski
Second in Command
February 2005
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I'm stupid! It does not.

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

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