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On Answering Questions
This is closely related to the XY Problem.
See, for example,
this post by tad mclellan — which also happens to touch on the "why global vars?" issue.
Use two parentheses: (Like this: :) )
Use one parenthesis: (Like this: :)
Reverse direction of the smiley: (Like this: (: )
Use angle/square brackets instead of parentheses
Use C-style commenting to set the smiley off from the closing parenthesis
Make the smiley a dunce: (:>
I disapprove of emoticons
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