Originally posted by Mark AdkinsIt is really annoying, and this has been requested hundreds of times in the past.
I tried to paste the following URL into a thread on China discussing Tibet. Note how the editor has made it unreadable by automatically substituting a smiley face for an accidental combination of a colon and a "D". Extremely annoying, and this sort of thing happens all the time.
Why not add an "insert emoticon" editorial sidebar instead of having a ...[text shortened]... tomatic substitutions?