|Forum topic by StumpyNubs||posted 04-17-2012 06:08 PM||1388 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
04-17-2012 06:08 PM
It’s a fact. No sense in denying it. It is what it is and that’s the way it is. You are bound to tick someone off without the least bit of intent. It comes naturally to a format like this where words can mean one thing to one person, and another thing altogether to someone else. The main cause is simple, the written word lacks the benefit of facial expression.
Take this sentence for example: “You, sir, are a Rogue!”
That would tick anybody off as written. But consider it another way: :”You, sir, are a Rogue! :)”
See the difference? The first one might make you angry, it would likely lead to a new addition to the dreaded block list. But the second statement… well those are nothing more than the playful words of a friend!
In case you didn’t notice, the difference was a simple smiley face. A digital facial expression, if you will. I can say the filthiest thing about your mother, but if I insert the proper smiley face, it’s no longer an insult. It’s just one of the guys ribbing you!
I see a lot of turmoil here on Lumberjocks that could be avoided entirely with the proper use of smiley faces. I firmly believe that guys like HorizontalMike would be among the most beloved in the community if they developed a skill for the use of these little digital peacemakers. And, as a member of said community, I feel I need to do may part.
So I have developed what I believe should become the OFFICIAL SMILEY FACE key for all Lumberjocks. When you have something to say that may be taken the wrong way, consult this key, select the proper smiley face and insert it at the end of your comment. It is certain to make anything you say as well received as the kindest compliment.
Here’s a system we can all use…
:) = I am happy!
:( = I am sad!
:0 = I am SHOCKED about something!
;) = I just made an inside joke
;( = I am little ticked off
:< = I just grew one of those droopy western guy mustaches
:x = I am blowing kisses at my avatar photo
:?) = I have a big nose but that’s ok because I have value as a person
&) = I’m a little dizzy and disoriented.
:@( = I am upset because now I have a pig nose
9:) = How do you like my curly eyebrows, my wife says they embarrass her.
1:0 = That’s one sweet unibrow, which is shocking because earlier my eyebrows were curly.
3:) = I am the king of this thing
:^) = I am looking over there while I am taking to you, which is rude
8^) = Now I’m looking over there with binoculars… what the heck is my deal anyway!
5):0 = My ten gallon hat only holds 5 gallons!
+++++:) = I can balance five apples on my eyeball, what can you do?
B^) = I am one cool cat with my shades and my leather jacket which you can’t see me wearing, but is definitely there.
Please feel free to add your own favorites to our new “Smiley Face Key”. And if you ever again find a conversation on this site going downhill, link this page as a reminder that not everything is an insult. Sometimes it’s all in good fun!
-Your fellow LJ
(PS… the HorizontalMike thing was a joke. See.. I am adding a smiley face! :)
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