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A polite way of showing disagreement

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:25 pm
by Gordon Moore
Obviously when we disagree with someone our words, without the body language and facial signs can come across very aggressively. Sometime this is meant, sometimes not. It hardly seems likely that correspondents want to actually have a slanging match or a real fight - well I hope not.

However, it is fair enough that on occasions one wants to express a high level of disapproval of another's comments.

It comes to mind that we need some sign language to show this emotion and disapproval. A thought that comes to mind is when kids stick their tongue out at each other, and so to this end I suggest

(OpO) (another way of looking at this is that it says poo!)

Perhaps some more inventive person can suggest something better!

:-)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:40 pm
by Papa M
The use of emoticons often helps - but on this forum they don't display unfortunately. :(

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:01 pm
by Charlie
Papa M wrote:The use of emoticons often helps - but on this forum they don't display unfortunately. :(

I find them so banal.

If somebody here could design an alternate set, we could introduce them into the forum and maybe they (we?) could finally make a fortune... or at least find a way to make the site self-supporting

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:19 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Charlie wrote:

If somebody here could design an alternate set, we could introduce them into the forum and maybe they (we?) could finally make a fortune... or at least find a way to make the site self-supporting


Now there's a challenge! Unfortunately I don't have the graphic design skills (unless a series of crude stick-figures would do).

Though surely there's plenty of creative/artistic types ready to give this a go.

PS perhaps somebody could use this as a basis for an 'only joking' icon:

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:40 pm
by Papa M
Charlie wrote:I find them so banal.


Agreed that many of the standard emoticons are a bit naff.

However the use of a simple smile emoticon allows one to say something quite strongly without causing offence.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:11 pm
by Rob Hall
They're open to abuse. People can say unpleasant or unpalatable things and hide behind the use of a smiley emoticon - "I was only joking!"; where offence has been caused, unfortunately, this is little comfort to those offended.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:14 pm
by Dayna
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These are AOL emoticons, so someone has already made a fortune from them.

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This one's embarrassed, for me when I get something wrong.


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This one's angry, for you guys.

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This is a smiley so people know you're just kidding.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:39 pm
by Jonathan E.
Hugh Weldon wrote:Charlie wrote:

If somebody here could design an alternate set, we could introduce them into the forum and maybe they (we?) could finally make a fortune... or at least find a way to make the site self-supporting


Now there's a challenge! Unfortunately I don't have the graphic design skills (unless a series of crude stick-figures would do).

Though surely there's plenty of creative/artistic types ready to give this a go.

PS perhaps somebody could use this as a basis for an 'only joking' icon:

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ROTFLOLASJOOAMVLAC!

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:07 pm
by Gordon Moore
(0p0)

possibly!

:)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:21 pm
by Jonathan E.
You're

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aren't you, Gordon? You surely would not dare to express a negative opinion about

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the Holy Grail of the Beefheart Universe.

Don't worry, Gordon — no flames on the way, I'm

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Is this the sort of thing Hugh had in mind? I like it. Works for me just as it is.

Or would you prefer to

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:30 am
by joel
Gratuitous album cover art works for me.