I've come across this post, which reads:

What the possible codes?? Using Adobe flash CS6 AS 3.0 for tracing Game.. A-Z , 1-100 & shapes.. By levels.. For kids. Hand game. Please help me... ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜ž I really need your help please..

Regardless of the overall quality of this post, since Emojis have been integrated in Unicode, allowing them to be typed anywhere, should we allow them in the posts? Can they add value to posts or are they generally more a distraction and/or show a lack of ability to write proper questions/answers? Are they too chatty/forum-y?

Do we have a policy about this? Should we have one?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Embrace the emoji! ๐ŸŽฎ \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 0:30

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I don't think there's anything wrong with them when used sparingly, in essentially the same way we'd use old-fashioned ASCII smilies like ":)" and the like.

I don't think it's appropriate to replace every word that could be replaced with an emoji with one, nor do I think it's appropriate to "spam" them in use them excessively in a row, or after every sentence, et cetera.


To me they generally read the same as fluff text, I would treat them accordingly.


Emojis are fine; they add some body language into our communications and sometimes (infrequently) that's really important. They also let us use symbols, and I've used those before ๐Ÿ”— to what I feel is positive effect in punctuating a post. (Tangentially I've also been using the link emoji to make it clear where I'm linking to something until our links get revised ๐Ÿ”—.)

The real problem there is, like Pikalek points out ๐Ÿ”—, that text is fluff ๐Ÿ”—. Stack Exchange likes a high signal:noise ratio, and that applies to individual posts as well. All the formalities you might find at the start or end of a post (โ€œHiโ€, โ€œthanks in advanceโ€, โ€œplease helpโ€, etc) are noise; remove them from the post with prejudice. Posts should be as close to 100% signal as possible, and it's almost always completely possible.

Would you rather read:

Hi everyone! I'm new here, still figuring this site out. Anyway so my question is, how do I foo a sprocket? I'm having trouble. The documentation isn't any help! Please help me with this!!!

Thanks in advance. Cheers, Doppelgreener.

Edit: I get this error when I try to foo the sprocket: (...)

Or this?:

How do I foo a sprocket? I'm having trouble and the documentation isn't any help.

I get this error when I try to foo the sprocket: (...)

The first is a problem whether or not it's also littered with emojis; those just make it even worse. Having to read posts like the former over and over (along with bad spelling/grammar) is what drove me to be a prolific editor. ๐Ÿ˜

TLDR: Emojis aren't a problem here; fluff is; exterminate it so thoroughly it'd make Arnold Schwarzenegger impressed.


In sparing use, emojis are OK. However, they should not be spammed or use inappropriately, unlike fluff, which should be banished.


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