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

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