I don’t like smilies.
I've not liked them since their introduction to the board. But I'm in the minority, I've not posted much in the last year and as much as I could rail against them they are here to stay. Those who've been around a while know that my *raison d'etre* used to be attempting to shoot down anyone daring to use them! Much delight was wraught from my anger and, to tell the truth, I grew to love the attention. I've apparently mellowed and though sometimes I still grit my teeth when they're used, I can abide them... usually. Still, I can't bring myself to use them and I hate when someone posts something funny and in my opinion detracts from his or her wit by following the line with a smilie. For those that use them: Do you feel they actually help in board posts? Do they help you express your thoughts? Or do you use them as "zingers" so readers know you intended to be wry, witty, funny, etc.? Do you feel your sarcasm is lessened when it is followed by a smilie? (Now let's see who the first joker will post a smilie for the sake of posting a smilie!)