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'Smilies' are small graphical images that can be used to convey an emotion or feeling. If you have used email or internet chat, you are likely familiar with the smilie concept. Certain standard strings are automatically converted into smilies. Try twisting your head on one side if you do not 'get' smilies; using a bit of imagination should reveal a face of some description.

If you want to disable smilies in a post that you make, you can select the 'Disable Smilies' option when posting. This is particularly useful if you are posting program code and you do not want ;) converted to a smilie face!

Standard Smilies
What to Type Resulting Graphic Meaning
:exclamati exclamation exclamation
:) Smilie Smilie
:santa: santa santa
;C crying crying
;) Wink Wink
:thumbsdow thumbs down thumbs down
:o surprise surprise
:( unhappy unhappy
:cool: Cool Cool
:? question question
:D Big Grin Big Grin
:thumbside neutral neutral
:! Mad Mad
:oops: oops oops
:sunnysmil sunny smile sunny smile
:thumbsup: thumbs up thumbs up
:bewildere bewildered bewildered

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