Re: camisadelgolf's 10 Tips to Get Elected into tORG
I have long considered emoticon abuse to be the online equivalent of the dude who insists on laughing at his own jokes (or otherwise punctuating the end of his speech with a gesture or a slap on the back or a "Hey, high five me, bro!").
The only reasons one would ever behave like this are: (1) one is a self-involved obnoxious twit who can barely believe how hilarious and likeable he is, or (2) one has a complete disregard for the intelligence and judgment of one's audience to determine on their own whether or not they feel like laughing or otherwise acknowledging your oratory.
Neither is fetching behavior.
[I know it speaks ill of my gender boundary aptitude, but I guess a third explanation could be (3) one is a girl or does not mind exhibiting effete tendancies. Chicks are allowed to be smiley and giggly and whatever, and nobody thinks anything of it; but if you're a dude doing it? You better be prepared to be taken as seriously as a male figure skater.]
That is my rant. It comes without emoticons, because I know you view me as a clever and charming (if slightly jerkish) wordsmith, and in return, I view you as intelligent enough to not fly of the handle. And if you WOULD fly off the handle? Well, then clearly you aren't intelligent enough to be operating the internets and I really do hate you and it was my intent to offend!
Yeah! Not emoticonning RULES!