As someone who spends a large chunk of his life on IRC, mainly due to working with the various communities on IRC, my quality-of-IRC (QoIRC?) is pretty important. Although typically blissful in my day to day bumblings, one increasing trend seems to be sweeping IRC communities like a dose of diarrhoea at a festival…

…winky smilies – 😉

They annoy me. IRC has enough ambiguity without someone deliberately enforcing it. Some people use winky smilies all the time. Now, translate this into the real world (that’s the point of smileys). Imagine winking that much. Imagine walking to the bus stop and saying “cold out today!” ;). Imagine going to a shop and responding to a question with “no I don’t want cash back” ;). People would think you were nuts. It is just isn’t normal, and we need to put a stop to it. The world of online emotions is perfectly supported by 🙂 🙁 😛 and :D.

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