Personally I have found people to be rude on many, many SE sites. 😔 On a few occasions I have found that I was misinterpreting the other user's intent. I find that the skillful use of emoji prevents such misunderstandings and leads to an all-around warmer atmosphere. 😊 That is, they can make a sterile place feel more like a community of people who actually care about each other and their ideas.

So, can we use emoji in question and answers? 🤔

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    Yes as long as it does not offend anyone, for example (mooning) from Skype ;)
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Apr 11, 2018 at 5:05
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    Also don't use too many, use wherever required. otherwise it would look irritating.
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Apr 11, 2018 at 5:08
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    IMO, use of Emojis in the meta site should be OK. In the main site, they should be avoided as they may not add value due to their funny nature.
    – iammilind
    Apr 11, 2018 at 5:19
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    I see, so to you they are funny? For me they make the other persons intentions clear. This might be a cultural difference. Apr 11, 2018 at 5:22
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    You are right. I have seen users here removing completely harmless "Namaste" and "Thanks" from the posts but the same users are now inserting gifs into their posts without any reasons. I don't understand these double standards. @RubelliteFae
    – Rickross
    Apr 11, 2018 at 7:15
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    Related post on MSE: Do we want emojis in posts?
    – user2461
    Apr 11, 2018 at 9:42
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    @Rickross The difference is meta vs main site. Apr 11, 2018 at 12:49
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    @Rickross Yes, the first answer I made here I was warned not to use my salutation or to sign off with "Namaste." I thought removing these removed the friendliness I wanted to express, but I have followed the rule since then. It is easy to get emotionally charged about long-held beliefs and I want it to be obvious to people I am not talking down to them. Apr 11, 2018 at 13:24
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    @Rickross There are no double standard. Saying double standards for a single gif? Really? Thanks, Namaste etc., are chatty. They are unnecessary. It is a SE wide policy. They add nothing to the post. When it comes to main, it is a place where serious discussions take place. Read the question I posted the gif to. It is creating an unhealthy environment on site. Adding some fun in the answers is not a crime. Read answers on Main meta. There are many answers with funny images and gifs in it. No need to say "some users". I know whom you are calling. Apr 11, 2018 at 16:10
  • @Rickross It should be allowed everywhere if emojis are not harmless. Apr 11, 2018 at 17:34
  • While "They are unnecessary. ... They add nothing to the post" may apply to sign-offs. It's a different story with emoji. Understanding a poster's intentions is paramount for a harmonious community. Recently (on another SE) someone accused me of being in a "dark place." I have no idea what led them to such a conclusion, but I believe they would have thought and responded differently had I used emoji. Many people cannot differentiate between arguing "to the man" and "to the idea." Even the word "argue" has negative connotation to the average person rather than the neutral, scholarly use. Apr 12, 2018 at 3:59
  • One good point brought up in the discussion @Sarvabhouma linked is that salutations—as they are at the beginning—reduce the useful information that search engines display directly below the link/title. Apr 12, 2018 at 4:01
  • Emojis are not displayed on some browsers. They show as blank rectangles. This damages the intent which the user is adding emojis at first place. They are not shown as same to all the people. They look differently. Many people (including me) don't know exact meanings of some emojis. It is hard to search meaning of each emoji every time while the focus should be on the question or answer posted. Over usage of it will make the post unpleasant. There is already a canonical post linked by @AndrewT. on meta which gives advantages and disadvantages of using emoji. That can be followed. Apr 12, 2018 at 4:09
  • @Sarvabhouma Emoji are supported by Apple OS X & iOS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows, emojidex (for web browsers), Samsung devices, LG devices, & HTC devices, (as well as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, & EmojiOne apps). Moreover it is a Unicode standard. This is like saying SE shouldn't use HTML 4.0 because legacy devices might not support it. I have also left my opinion on the MSE thread. Apr 12, 2018 at 4:33
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    The emojis are seen different unlike an image or gif. Gif is shown same to everyone. Same :P emoji is shown different on different plat forms. Try yourself on different platforms and different browsers. It takes time what the user want to convey in the post. Unless they are consistent on every browser. It also show as squares to some users which damages the readability of the post. Apr 12, 2018 at 4:46


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