PSA: Emoticons

66 Blood Elf Death Knight
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Hi everyone. We've had a great time tonight, but now it's time to talk about something that will probably affect you or someone you know during your time here in the World of Warcraft.

Emoticons.

One thing that's difficult about conversing in WoW and over the interwebs in general is the inability to use tone of voice or facial expressions to help convey your meaning. Also, you sometimes just don't have much to say but feel like you should say something, and in that respect, emoticons are great.

However, overuse of emoticons can have grave consequences.

There is an appropriate time and place for most emoticons, but when used improperly or with too much regularity it just annoys the crap out of people and makes you look like a doofus.

Notable examples:

:P
When to use: When you've just said something kind of sarcastic or cheeky, but you want to make sure that whoever you're saying it to realizes you're being endearing and not actually mean.
When not to use:
-When you've just said something actually mean and you want whoever you're saying it to to think it was just sarcastic or cheeky and not call you out on it. It's passive aggressive in text and nobody likes that.
-After you've said something that isn't sarcastic, cheeky, or even humorous at all. It's just confusing.

XD
When to use: When you've just played a hilarious prank on someone and are laughing too hard to actually type
When not to use:
-After every sentence. It makes you seem like that guy who says WAAAZZZAAAA every time he enters a room/answers the phone (and isn't doing it jokingly). Or just someone really insecure.
-Almost any other time.

;_;
When to use:
- When someone has just made fun of you and you want them to feel bad about it.
- When Blizzard has just nerfed your class and you are sad
When not to use:
When somebody says something that's really sad (like, my dad just died or my leg is going to be amputated tomorrow) because they might think you're just making fun of them. Unless you do want to make fun of them, in that case, go ahead and use it.

:)
When to use:
When you want to convey the impression that you are happy or smiling.
When not to use:
After every sentence. This is one of those ones that is better to use sparingly. You know how in life, someone who seems to be happy and smiling all the time is kind of creepy and you can't help wondering what kinds of terrible secrets they're hiding? Well it's the same way in WoW. Plus, like most of these, it just means less when you use it all the time.

o_o / :o / o.O
When to use:
-Any time you want to convey varying degrees of surprise, shock, and awe.
-Any time you want to put someone on the spot because they just said something that:
a)was supposed to be funny but wasn't,
b)could be easily mistaken as a euphemism
c)was a painfully embarrassing mistell
When not to use:
When nothing surprising has just happened.

Emoticons with eyes like this = (such as =) or =P )
When to use:
When you are Zal'ara

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Those are just some general examples, but you get the idea. Remeber, kids - "Using too many emotes doesn't float most peoples' boats!"
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This thread needs moar Kirby Dance:

<('o'<) ^( '-' )^ (>‘o’)> v( ‘.’ )v <(' .' )> <('.'<) ^( '.' )^ (>‘.’)> v( ‘.’ )v <(' .' )>
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90 Tauren Shaman
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What was the Rast mustache? Someone inform us about the Rast mustache!
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66 Blood Elf Death Knight
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:{) Happy Rast
:{( Sad Rast
:}o Rast after MEAN TUSSLE stole his moustache and he was given a new one which he then put on wonky.
I think it was made from cat hair or something... that thread didn't get saved into the archives.
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85 Troll Warrior
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This thread needs moar Kirby Dance:

<('o'<) ^( '-' )^ (>‘o’)> v( ‘.’ )v <(' .' )> <('.'<) ^( '.' )^ (>‘.’)> v( ‘.’ )v <(' .' )>


NOOOOOO!!! You just got the Kirby song stuck in my head!
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90 Tauren Shaman
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And when should we use the Rast mustache?
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90 Gnome Death Knight
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07/16/2012 09:06 AMPosted by Grimms
I think it was made from cat hair or something... that thread didn't get saved into the archives.


Knitted cat hair and dyed... purple?

ಠ_ಠ

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
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90 Tauren Shaman
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Ok, someone here has GOT to remember the shoulder shrugging one and/or the raise the roof one that Xonil used to use. I can't remember how it went, but it was the best, and on and old, dead pc somewhere, I had it saved on a file so I would never forget it.

QQ.
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66 Blood Elf Death Knight
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07/16/2012 09:41 AMPosted by Lunate
Knitted cat hair and dyed... purple?

Yes! To match the sparkly purple beard of his avatar!

Also that table flipping guy is my absolute favorite!
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90 Gnome Death Knight
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07/16/2012 10:00 AMPosted by Grimms
Also that table flipping guy is my absolute favorite!


Table flipping guy would be nowhere without his even-tempered buddy, table-right-side-upper-guy:

┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ)

Today we salute you, Mr. Table Right Side Upper Guy
(Table Upside...right... guy....)
Some hate flat surfaces. Some seek disorder and chaos.
(Watch the world burn!)
But you restore order. You bring balance to the force.
(The chosen one!)
So flip those tables back so the common folk can eat, and we'll table this order of business.
(Mr. Table Right Side Upper Guyyyy)
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90 Tauren Shaman
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07/16/2012 10:06 AMPosted by Lunate
Also that table flipping guy is my absolute favorite!


Table flipping guy would be nowhere without his even-tempered buddy, table-right-side-upper-guy:

┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ)

Today we salute you, Mr. Table Right Side Upper Guy
(Table Upside...right... guy....)
Some hate flat surfaces. Some seek disorder and chaos.
(Watch the world burn!)
But you restore order. You bring balance to the force.
(The chosen one!)
So flip those tables back so the common folk can eat, and we'll table this order of business.
(Mr. Table Right Side Upper Guyyyy)


Your existence makes me happier and happier every day.
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66 Blood Elf Death Knight
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07/16/2012 10:11 AMPosted by Yellowflower


Table flipping guy would be nowhere without his even-tempered buddy, table-right-side-upper-guy:

┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ)

Today we salute you, Mr. Table Right Side Upper Guy
(Table Upside...right... guy....)
Some hate flat surfaces. Some seek disorder and chaos.
(Watch the world burn!)
But you restore order. You bring balance to the force.
(The chosen one!)
So flip those tables back so the common folk can eat, and we'll table this order of business.
(Mr. Table Right Side Upper Guyyyy)


Your existence makes me happier and happier every day.

Same!
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I always liked the one about the inventor of the taco salad, and the line about creating the 15,000 calorie salad or whatever overexaggerated figure it was.

And in a similar vein: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFB_vHVFM_8
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90 Human Warlock
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07/16/2012 08:47 AMPosted by Grimms
However, overuse of emoticons can have grave consequences.


I think I am guilty of this.

/spam hugs Thel more

When to use:
When you are Zal'ara


Also Feerix is allowed to use them. Unless she's just been impersonating Zalara all this time. :o

I hope I used that ':o' properly.
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90 Night Elf Druid
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66 Blood Elf Death Knight
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how you make liens

Edit:

I hope I used that ':o' properly.

looked good to me ;)
Edited by Grimms on 7/16/2012 3:04 PM PDT
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85 Undead Warlock
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:E
when to use: teef
when not to use: when you aren't missfortune
Edited by Pornasaurus on 7/16/2012 4:55 PM PDT
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90 Gnome Priest
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<|_+.+_|>

Not sure what that is.

Not sure when to use it.

But it was fun to make.
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