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18/02/2013 at 10:47

I find that smileys can be a helpful substitute for the tone of voice and facial expression that is missing from the communication when writing - we do not know each other (not well anyway) and can sometimes mistake a brief reply for terseness or coldness, or flippancy for sarcasm.   

I once unintentionally upset someone and would hate to do it again, so I use smilies to make my meaning clear.

It is also helpful for people whocommunicating in a language other than their first, and who may not be aware that they way they word things can appear rude - a smiley would show that was not their intention.

As for anonimity, hopefully my avatar doesn't give away too much of my identity 

18/02/2013 at 10:48
Avatars just help other people recognise who's posted and give a profile a little more identity, even if not a picture of the person (or even a person at all). The smilies help as it's sometimes difficult to gage the tone of the written word.

I'd suggest a few suitable images for jon cob, but I'm afraid they might not be very polite.
18/02/2013 at 11:12

Dove 

18/02/2013 at 15:41

Quick glance at the calendar - not 1st April 

18/02/2013 at 16:08
jon cob wrote (see)

smiles don't help at all since even with them I doubt you could read my tone.

 ps if i want my tone to be understood i use words. not stupids smilies or emoticons


-but not correct punctuation ,grammar or spelling

18/02/2013 at 16:25

A smiley occasion!!

18/02/2013 at 17:14

Someone seems to distinctly lack a sense of humour, never mind, best ignored

18/02/2013 at 17:27

I enjoy seeing what people have chosen to use. Like others it is sometimes helpful to know roughly what part of the country people  are from.

I live in Newhaven but can not find a way to change my location from Lewes.

18/02/2013 at 17:43

An unemotional smiley.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/18737.jpg?width=225&height=225&mode=max

 

18/02/2013 at 18:44
Jon, each to their own, other people's approaches are not wrong, just different. Wouldn't it be a boring world, if we were all the same?

I'd add a big smiley, if I wasn't using the iPad!
18/02/2013 at 19:05

Could this be Jon?

http://sr.photos1.fotosearch.com/bthumb/UPC/UPC001/cri21011.jpg

 

18/02/2013 at 19:49

Ahem, I will update my profile too  Love your  pic Insomnia!- a blannk canvas!

18/02/2013 at 20:10

Chilli!

18/02/2013 at 20:44
18/02/2013 at 20:49

I use smilies only because like others it helps as the written word is open to a lot of mis communication. As for avators & profile information I think it's up to the individual whether they chose to use them or not. It doesn't make any difference to me at all.

 

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