Hello, this will be a guide on how to use the emoticons available on the site.
There are currently ten emoticons available on the site. They are:
: + ) =
: + ( =
: + D =
; + ) =
: + P =
: + ? =
: + x =
: + o =
: + | =
8 + - + ) =
To use these, just type the symbols into your comment without the plus signs or any spaces in between. The smileys that you type will then show up as an emoticon.
= The happy face emoticon. It is just a colon, followed by a close-bracket. Used to show when one is content, happy, or fine about something. Also used to show that one is not angry, and it’s all fun and games.
= The sad face emoticon. It is a colon, followed by an open-bracket.
Used to show when one is unhappy, disappointed, or crestfallen. Shouldn’t be mistaken for as being angry.
= The wide-smile/laughing/large grin emoticon. It is a colon, followed by a capital D.
Used to show when one is delighted, and absolutely thrilled about something. Usually used when one is beyond happy and the happy face simple won’t do.
= The wink emoticon. It is a semicolon, followed by a close-bracket.
Used to show deviousness, kidding, or using sarcasm. Usually used following jokes, as tone and mood of a person’s voice can be hard to discern in text, thus the wink emoticon solves this problem. Also used as a smirk, and can be used to boast.
= The tongue/cheek emoticon. It is a colon, followed by a capital P.
Used when being silly, or telling a joke. Means that the comment should be taken light-heartedly. Also used to tease.
= The unsure emoticon. It is a colon, followed by a question mark.
Used when one usually shrugs in real life or when you’re unsure.
= The angry/mad emoticon. It is a colon, followed by a lower case X.
Used to express anger.
= The surprised emoticon. It is a colon, followed by a lower case O.
As its name suggests, it is used when one is surprised or astonished. However, this version of the surprised emoticon is usually used to show that one is happy about the surprised (e.g. someone’s getting married), and does not fit occassions that are more gloomy (e.g. someone got injured). This can be seen as “Oh wow!” as opposed to “Oh no!”.
= The straight face/expressionless emoticon. It is a colon, followed by a vertical line. Note that the vertical line is not a lower case L. It should be on the same key as the backwards slash. Used when one feels “It’s okay… could be better”, “this is boring…”, “I couldn’t care less”, or just generally “meh”.
= The cool/boss emoticon. It is the number eight, followed by a hypen, and then by a close-bracket. The hypen acts as the nose, and is essential for this emoticon. Its usage is fairly obvious judging by its name and should be used when one feels that they are a ‘Boss’ (i.e. done something outstanding, or feels on top of the world). Can also be used casually in place of the different happy emoticons. After all, shades make everything look better.
In the first few cases, adding a hypen in between (as a nose) for the smiley can still produce the same emoticon. But this is rarely done as it requires an extra key, whilst still having the same result.
Emoticons and smileys can be used to show the tone of your comment, and you could also use two together like: , to show that you’re both surprised and being silly.
Note: The Boss emoticon requires its own personal space, so if you were to do two emoticons adjacent to each other and at least one of which was the Boss emoticon, then you’d have to leave two spaces between them. However, the end result will only have one space.
Avatar Yangchen @airavatara – for creating the inspiration of this topic and discovery of the ‘angry’ emoticon.
Arthan @arthan – for discovery of the ‘cool’ emoticon.
Rance100 @rance100 – for discovery of the ‘unsure’ emoticon.
Alt Code symbols can also be used on this site. However, it’ll only appear in private messages, blog posts, and forum signatures.
Since they can’t show up in forum threads, you’ll have to search on Google the full list and I won’t be able to post them here.
They can be useful as for instance to describe someone whistling, before you’d have to type: *whistles* Nice job.
But now in private messages, you can just use symbol #13 and #14, and type:
#13 Nice job. #14
How to use Alt Codes
1. Turn on ‘num lock’. There is a ‘num lock’ button above the number pad on the right side of the keyboard. ‘Num lock’ will be on when the LED light for ‘num lock’ is lit.
2. Hold ‘alt’ (alternate, either will do) and then whilst still holding ‘alt’, type in the number(s) (alt code) of the symbol that you want to make. The number used must be from the number pad and not the numbers running along the top of the keyboard.
3. Release ‘alt’ and the symbol should appear.
1. Hold down the ‘fn’ (function, may be different on various laptops) key, and the ‘alt’ key at the same time.
2. Type in the number(s) (alt code), not using the numbers running along the top of the keyboard. If you look closely, you’ll see on your laptop that some keys have small numbers also imprinted on them in a different colour. This is your number pad, and you’ll use these numbers.
3. Release both ‘alt’ and ‘fn’ and the symbol should appear.
Note: Some laptops do not have number pad keys imbedded, so you won’t be able to do Alt Code symbols on them.
FireSageGuntur @firesageguntur – for creating the inspiration of this topic.
Avatar Yangchen @airavatara – for helping me with the desktop computer part.
Brandy @sifubrandy – For helping me with the laptop computer part.