From kittehs to Cthulhu, smileys are the slowly taking over the communication wavelength that used to be occupied by a tight grimace and a little wave of the hand, used to indicate everything from “Hi, I’m here and I wish to be mistaken for a virginal Japanese teenager” to “I’m sorry I ran you over with my car. It’s all good.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: adorning your requests for assistance in the technical help forum with a variety of crude pictographs is unlikely to succeed in getting your question answered faster or more accurately, unless you are indeed attempting to communicate with ancient Egyptians.
So, for those who haven’t yet seen this nearly four-year-old (that’s six hundred in internet years) video from Mark Day, we present:
The Smiley Intervention