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Date: 2/7/13 10:22 AM

After a few comments in various forums on the use or not of emoticons, I want to just say that when we communicate with words only, our intent can be murky. Is it a nasty comment? Is it humor? Is this just factual remarking on something? We don't know each other personally in real life for the most part, so communication is a difficult area sometimes.

Far from being "Girly" or juvenile, occasional use of an emoticon can shed light on the intent of a post. I am not the type for froufrou embellishment in life, sewing or conversation, but the judicious use of emoticons helps clarify what I write. Remember - 80%+ of real communication is by non-verbal cues.

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Date: 2/7/13 10:28 AM

I so agree Mufffet. Emoticons are valuable in helping us communicate in this environment

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Date: 2/7/13 10:29 AM

I agree with you, Mufffet!

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Date: 2/7/13 11:36 AM

I like the emotion icons. Just as Muffet said they add another level of communication to the post. I am a literal thinker so the icons help me decipher the intent of the comment.

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Date: 2/7/13 12:07 PM

I agree. Sometimes I have to watch my ''tone'' of voice, so the emoticons are a big help to get my point across without offending or sounding pushy.

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Date: 2/7/13 12:08 PM

Besides, what's wrong with a bit of silly once in a while?

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Date: 2/7/13 12:36 PM

I love emoticons for the very reasons you do. They add a non-verbal layer of communication.

Actually, I'd like to see more of them, like the very large and clever array provided at artisanssquare.com.

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Date: 2/7/13 12:39 PM

Vivienne, not a darn thing is wrong with silly once in awhile. I don't care for strings of emoticons myself, but one or two...and I think I stick in smiles the old way a lot and that translates here to an emoticon! Although probably this one does not >;}

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Date: 2/7/13 4:32 PM

Not only do I like to use them - I want MORE!!!! PR just doesn't have enough - some boards have pages and pages of them. And I really need some clapping hands - the hug just isn't good enough when I want to clap for someone.

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Date: 2/7/13 4:52 PM

I completely agree. I find myself wishing for emoticons when writing a normal letter now!

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