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When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:

by chacham (Prior)
on Mar 01, 2015 at 14:25 UTC ( #1118273=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:

Use two parentheses: (Like this: :) )
[bar] 360/53%
Use one parenthesis: (Like this: :)
[bar] 86/13%
Reverse direction of the smiley: (Like this: (: )
[bar] 30/4%
Use angle/square brackets instead of parentheses
[bar] 16/2%
Use C-style commenting to set the smiley off from the closing parenthesis
[bar] 17/2%
Make the smiley a dunce: (:>
[bar] 8/1%
I disapprove of emoticons
[bar] 128/19%
Other
[bar] 36/5%
681 total votes
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Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 01, 2015 at 14:37 UTC

    Or, if possible, use formatting to differentiate (like this :-) )

    I disapprove of emoticons

    Hm... just one example from http://www.apa.org/monitor/feb06/egos.aspx

    ... Kruger and his colleague Nicholas Epley, PhD, of the University of Chicago, have published research that helps explain why these electronic misunderstandings occur so frequently. In a study in the December Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 89, No. 5, pages 925-936), they find that people overestimate both their ability to convey their intended tone-be it sarcastic, serious or funny-when they send an e-mail, as well as their ability to correctly interpret the tone of messages others send to them.

    I think a smiley is easiest to type to say, "Hey, I'm just kidding" ;-)

      I think a smiley is easiest to type to say, "Hey, I'm just kidding" ;-)

      Which smiley is that, winky?

Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by chacham (Prior) on Mar 01, 2015 at 20:19 UTC
Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you: (frown! ):
by LanX (Bishop) on Mar 01, 2015 at 15:09 UTC
    > Use one parenthesis: (Like this: :) 

    My choice, but the real problem is how to frown

    (unfortunately putting the colon after the paren looks strange ):

    (and it doesn't get better with an extra dash )-:

    Or am I wrong? ;)

    Cheers Rolf

    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)

    PS: Je suis Charlie!

      Frowns in parenthetical usage? Why not:

      • (   :<(   )
        ...or
      •      .  .
               ̑
              ...or
         
      •             —   :-(   —
                    ...among other possibilities?
        > Why not ...

        ( psst ... compatibility! ;)

        FWIW a Russian friend once send me many "serious" mails full of unbalanced parentheses "noise", till I understood that smileys have neither eyes nor nose over there! )

        In the end its a question of habit and standards.

        Cheers Rolf
        (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)

        PS: Je suis Charlie!

Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by vitoco (Friar) on Mar 02, 2015 at 13:37 UTC

    I don't like smilies in the middle of a paragraph (most of the time) ;-)

    The real problem appears when a smiley is replaced by an icon in the wrong place by a forum software... This does not look nice in a phpBB post:
    10 READ A :PRINT A :DATA (8 + 8)

      I compensate for ascinine graphics interpeters trying to detextify my emoticons by adding a space (which I fully expect to see thwarted by some self-righteous prat developer in the future):

           : -)

        Ok, but how do you add a space to a statement like use Data:☺umper; and still have working code?

Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by FloydATC (Deacon) on Mar 03, 2015 at 09:03 UTC

    Other: If I can't easily rewrite the paragraph to avoid visual clutter, replace the emoticon with a less ambiguous one such as :-P or :-D

    This is a serious problem which needs more mainstream attention :-)

    -- FloydATC

    Time flies when you don't know what you're doing

Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by zwon (Abbot) on Mar 14, 2015 at 20:37 UTC
    (like this: \x{1f600})
Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by sapphirecat (Acolyte) on Mar 16, 2015 at 19:17 UTC

    I usually avoid this wherever possible (along with the word wherever ;-)

    I don't like any of the options, not one.

    "Basically, displaying invisible data is not maintainable."
Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by Pope-O-Matik (Pilgrim) on Mar 15, 2015 at 15:46 UTC

    Part of me wants to know what is "best." The other part would rather smile each time it comes up.

Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by ambrus (Abbot) on Mar 19, 2015 at 12:58 UTC

    This problem is already solved by a very famous quote from Linus Torvalds:

    (Only wimps use tape backup: _real_ men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it ;)

      That might have more to do with him wanting to make the quote tweetable, as it is exactly 140 characters (or at least SMS-able for the following decade):

      (Only wimps use tape backup: _real_ men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it ;) -Linus Torvalds

Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by dbecoll (Initiate) on Mar 30, 2015 at 22:52 UTC
    I simply add a space after the :)

      ...and then another parenthesis?

Re: When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:
by chacham (Prior) on Mar 16, 2015 at 18:03 UTC

    Current poll stats are 396 total votes with the options as 213, 48, 12, 7, 9, 7, 78, and 22. A lot a repeat numbers there:

    perl -e "for (213,48,12,7,9,7,78,22) {print \"\n$_\t\" . $_/396}" 213 0.537878787878788 48 0.121212121212121 12 0.0303030303030303 7 0.0176767676767677 9 0.0227272727272727 7 0.0176767676767677 78 0.196969696969697 22 0.0555555555555556

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