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I am in favor of letting people express themselves with smileys. :-)


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Personally, I don't like emoticons or emojis at all. Nevertheless, the policy I'd suggest is to only remove them (if you feel like it) if you are otherwise editing the post. Specifically, I would not recommend editing a post just to remove emojis/emoticons. This seems in line with the "policy" for "thank yous". As far as I can tell, removing emojis/...


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Like it or not, the following are true: we are not only rational, but also emotional human beings (not understanding this was the single biggest mistake of all European classical philosophy); as such, we have a natural and healthy tendency to infuse all of our interactions with emotions (remember the 1997 BBC documentary about Wiles' proof of Fermat's ...


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From a purely practical point of view: how you answer an older question might be different than how you answer a new question. Is frowned upon to do so? There's nothing frowned upon. The only answers people frown upon here are when people post complete solutions to homework problems where there is no apparent effort in the question to solve the problem. ...


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The comments on main show that the other answerer does acknowledge your priority. If you wanted this to be more clear, you might have left your first comment on the other answer undeleted. I think a reader that reads the thread will likely understand the history about correctly: other answer incomplete, your answer complete, the other answer fleshed-out. ...


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It depends on the precise context, but generally I would say it is alright if and only if: You make a reasonable effort to present your questions according to our guidelines. See How to ask a good question. In particular, explain the context of the question and possibly your own thoughts about it. Do not simply repost the question "as is"; this would be ...


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Generally it is alright to use language that otherwise would seem vulgar or offensive if it is established/technical usage, for example Stack Overflow has an entire tag brainfuck, because somebody thought it was a good name for a programming language. Things to keep in mind: Make it amply clear that this is established usage. Rather avoid to put such ...


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While everyone is writing hate stuff against the Smileys, I'm here to defend and make my point! Smileys are made to Enhance the Communication between the people over the internet ;) It makes even a rude comment, polite and promotes healthy communication between the community members. It Dispromotes the weirdo feeling among people that mathematicians are ...


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Sometimes it is simply the case that you see something the close voters didn't, and were able to understand the OP's meaning more easily. For example, clarity problems can often arise from language barriers, which some find easier to deal with than others. The primary concern here is the possibility of your edit going against the author's intent. There are ...


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I've had the experience once or twice of writing an answer, only to discover on improving it that it's simply another version of an existing answer. That happened in Given a book with $100$ pages and a $100$ lemmas, prove that there is some lemma written on the same page as its index where there seem to be two basic approaches, and all the answers use one or ...


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Perhaps we should restrict ourselves to emojis supported by MathJax: $\ddot{\smile}$ and $\ddot{\frown}$.


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