Who agrees that the emoticons on this site are crap?

(106 Posts)
Gunnerbean Tue 03-Feb-09 14:47:01

The site is good but the emoticons are absolute crap, surely they can do better?

They should use the ones from the MSN groups they are far superior to these.

southeastastra Tue 03-Feb-09 14:47:57

no, cause mnetters rely on real life words to portray how they're feeling innit

SobranieCocktail Tue 03-Feb-09 14:48:14


That's the best emoticon in the whole world, that is.

fishie Tue 03-Feb-09 14:48:47

ooh tickers. we need tickers.

RiaParkinson Tue 03-Feb-09 14:48:47

apart from hmm i agree

grin is the pits

we need vomit

BalsamicBreasts Tue 03-Feb-09 14:49:54

It would be horrible to have the pages covered with rolling puking gremlins IMO. Our emoticons have a certain dignity in their restraint, I think.

Yes, we need all singing all dancing emoticons. hmm

dilbertina Tue 03-Feb-09 14:50:13

Noooooo! Don't mention the emoticons...especially not right now - there will be a Techie meltdown......

There was uproar at a previous attempt to change them,

and the Techs have still got about a million things to put right from their tinkering about..!

BalsamicBreasts Tue 03-Feb-09 14:51:09



bluebump Tue 03-Feb-09 14:51:39

I always look for hmm when i'm on msn and forget it's just on here!

BalsamicBreasts Tue 03-Feb-09 14:53:01

This is BitOfFun btw...I keep hanging round in the hope that VinegarTits will see me and tell me off.

SheherazadetheGoat Tue 03-Feb-09 14:54:40

i think all emoticons are shite. if i want to look at exaggerated souless faces conveying simplistic emotions i will turn cbeebies on.

I like em. PMSL at your new name BoF grin

Jux Tue 03-Feb-09 14:56:59

If we have bouncy emoticons it'll slow everything down, won't it?

PortAndLemon Tue 03-Feb-09 14:56:59

No. We don't need all-singing, all-dancing emoticons. It's much more effective to use [looks slightly askance emoticon] or [very scared emoticon] or whatever, anyway.

And I nominate SheherezadetheGoat for QOTW...

BalsamicBreasts Tue 03-Feb-09 14:57:17

I am the posher classier version smile<<goads further>>

MrsBadger Tue 03-Feb-09 14:58:15

I only use emoticons if the appropriate words are not available

not vice versa

BalsamicBreasts Tue 03-Feb-09 14:58:49

I second the QOTW!

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 03-Feb-09 14:59:09

For goodness sake shhh! If BigTech sees this he'll get up to his old tricks again.

callalilies Tue 03-Feb-09 15:00:25

What's wrong with them? Do you mean there are not enough?

Fimbo Tue 03-Feb-09 15:01:10

Oh yes, I want one of those things where you can choose your own body, hair and clothes.

<<legs it>>

cyteen Tue 03-Feb-09 15:01:11

they've grown on me tbh, although there's a few of the phpBB emoticons i always miss when i'm here.

please please just say NO to any form of moving emoticon, they are complete shit.

wheresthehamster Tue 03-Feb-09 15:05:13

Apart from maybe a vomit emoticon I can usually manage to convey what I want to say with those we already have. NO NO NO to anything that dances or moves. I really would have to leave if that happened shock sad wink grin smile

callalilies Tue 03-Feb-09 15:06:10

I would like [vomit] and [confused]

cmotdibbler Tue 03-Feb-09 15:08:58

No more please... Apart from maybe [vomit]. And perhaps [oh gods another crazed HV comment]

ShowOfHands Tue 03-Feb-09 15:10:16

We'd need an option for emetophobes to hide the [vomit] emoticons.

OP, perhaps work on expressing yourself in other ways. Try a thesaurus. Most computers have them. You'll be getting your point across in no time.

PS, I do like the one that's banging its head against a brick wall. It's very apt. However, I don't like it enough to have my screen dancing all day long.

blueshoes Tue 03-Feb-09 15:17:09

I dislike going on other sites because of cutsey pictures, tickers, emoticons that take up so much space and distract. I need to skim read and fast. That is what I like about mn - it is about the views. People should be able to express themselves and feel confident that they are understood in words alone. That is a sign of education and higher thinking.

cyteen Tue 03-Feb-09 15:17:42

SoH, i find you can convey much the same impression with [headdeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddesk]

ShowOfHands Tue 03-Feb-09 15:44:14

Oh I do like that cyteen. I shall implement forthwith. copyright cyteen. Lovely.

SoupDragon Tue 03-Feb-09 15:45:11

Go and use another site if you don't like the emoticons.

Tortington Tue 03-Feb-09 15:47:04

we are missing a chin rub emoticon, we definatly need a thinker or pensive emoticon imo.

but i wouldnt like to see things bouncing around, oh no, that wouldn't do at all.

MrsBadger Tue 03-Feb-09 15:48:56

what I do like is the fact we can put anything we like in square brackets, thereby bypassing the need for the actual picture


[nudge nudge, know what I mean, nod's as good as wink to a bliiind bat, eh?]


HecateQueenOfGhosts Tue 03-Feb-09 15:50:27

no. Nice how it is. We get creative grin

HATE bouncing emoticons all over the place. A few well chosen words - far better!

That said, I have been banging on campaigning for [boggle] and one that is banging it's head against a wall grin for BLOODY AGES.

Nobody ever listens to me.

SoupDragon Tue 03-Feb-09 15:50:48

Did anyone else use to rub their chin and say "Jimmy Hill" to denote they thought that the speaker might be lying?

SoupDragon Tue 03-Feb-09 15:51:44

See, I think [boggle] conveys it far better than any little yellow face could.

OhHowMarvellous Tue 03-Feb-09 15:51:52

I don'[t know but I think you could be a bit politer in your title, it must be awful reading rude thread titles for tech sad

mysterymoniker Tue 03-Feb-09 15:52:40

I want a little throbbing loveheart emoticon for when someone posts a nice a picture of a horse/dog/other animal

HecateQueenOfGhosts Tue 03-Feb-09 15:54:03

its, not it's

oh the shame. blush

<gets coat>

mysterymoniker Tue 03-Feb-09 15:55:29

a vomit one would be good then we wouldn't have to keep reading <boak> every 3rd message

AnarchyHeart Tue 03-Feb-09 15:55:31

I like the MN emoticons. Less is more and all that.

I hate going on sites with all-singing-all-dancing emoticons. They are just full of thick people using dancing cucumbers when actually words would be a lot more pleasing on the eye and convey the message better.


DumbledoresGirl Tue 03-Feb-09 15:56:15

By bluebump on Tue 03-Feb-09 14:51:39
I always look for hmm when i'm on msn and forget it's just on here!

hmm What version of msn do you have? I was party to the adoption of the hmm emoticon from msn to here!

psychomum5 Tue 03-Feb-09 15:56:32

I LIKE the emoticons here, altho I would like an axe waving onegrin.

hmm is THE best face out.

they could do with a couple more, but TBVH, emoticons are for people with no imagination to use discriptive languagewink

HecateQueenOfGhosts Tue 03-Feb-09 15:56:41

Oh god yes, soupy. It was very much The Thing when I was at school, back in 19<cough cough splutter>

Very stupid.

cyteen Tue 03-Feb-09 15:57:51

SoupDragon we used to say 'itchy beard' or sometimes just 'beard' when doing the chin rub.

HecateQueenOfGhosts Tue 03-Feb-09 15:59:07

yup. that too.

Christ on a bike but we were nobs. blush

Gunnerbean Tue 03-Feb-09 15:59:24

None of the ones on MSN groups move - there are not that many of them either. They are just far superior to these here that's all.

I'm not a teenager, don't send text messages and and wouldn't even know how to use Facebook so don't want to see this site bogged down by silly moving graphics and talking smilies but a better range of emoticons would do the site more justice than the poor excuse for emoticons they have here. Hmmm is about the best.

Some of MSN's non moving emoticons are pure class compared to these - swapping these crappy old things for just 10 of theirs would be a huge improvement,. They're much easier to use too - you just have to click on them.

If anyone in Mumsnet Towers or whatever you call it is reading this - go and look at MSN groups and take a few tips from there. The whole process of posting a message there is far simplier than it is here - all this having to put ** and ^^ around things to make it come out in bold and italics is soo prehistoric - can't you do something about it the next time you shut this thing dwon for maintenance?

DumbledoresGirl Tue 03-Feb-09 16:00:15

Gunnerbean - the crying one moves. But I take your point.

dizzydixies Tue 03-Feb-09 16:00:27

what about a [forfecksaketodayisnotgoingwellsomeonehelpmebforeIdosomethingdrastictomykids/dh/self (delete as appropriate)] emoticon?!?

SoupDragon Tue 03-Feb-09 16:01:16

The sleepy one moves too.

DumbledoresGirl Tue 03-Feb-09 16:01:56

Oh yes so it does! And the eye rolling one (that would be a good one for here)

psychomum5 Tue 03-Feb-09 16:02:15

gunnerbean, if you think this site has crap face, then feck off to where they have faces to suit yours!!!

please very nicely

SoupDragon Tue 03-Feb-09 16:04:00

Ah, glad it's not just me I am going to adopt [jimmyhill] for when I suspect someone may not be being honest.

DumbledoresGirl Tue 03-Feb-09 16:04:40

Actually, although I am perfectly happy with the emoticons here, I do think gunnerbean has a point re some other things. When MN did its overhaul last week, I thought there were going to be some new wonderful innovations on the site, instead of yet another choice of format. Have I missed anything?

PortAndLemon Tue 03-Feb-09 16:08:46

Mumsnet's quirks (the * and ^ and [[ and so forth) are deliberate choices, not being unaware of the alternatives. By and large, Mumsnetters like it this way. In fact, I now wish other sites would adopt the same tagging conventions because I do them almost-unconsciously now and keep doing them on other sites and having to go back and do [b] and [i] and so forth. Except on the supposedly WYSIWYG sites, which tend to be a nightmare for cross-browser compatibility.

Jux Tue 03-Feb-09 16:10:19

the words 'gild' and 'lily' spring to mind - as in don't.

ShowOfHands Tue 03-Feb-09 16:13:09

[jimmyhill] also adopted forthwith.

I too was a 19[cough] nobber at school.

PortAndLemon Tue 03-Feb-09 16:13:36

These MSN emoticons? I really don't like those, never have. I far prefer the MN versions.

dietstartstomorrow Tue 03-Feb-09 16:13:37

I did think we would get some new ones with the new site.

They are a bit out-dated but agree I love hmm, we could just do with a few extra's.

dietstartstomorrow Tue 03-Feb-09 16:14:29

The cocktail one would be good.

Clattered Tue 03-Feb-09 16:18:13

OP - how rudely put.

Soupy - yes.

Jux - you are right.

Anyone who remembers last year when BigTech found the gin cupboard and changed all the smileys to lunatic garish freakazoids will be eternally grateful our originals are back.

Aren't my teeth clean? grin

SoupDragon Tue 03-Feb-09 16:26:20

What's a cough nobber??


SoupDragon Tue 03-Feb-09 16:27:12

This one is positively obscene - a cough nobber if ever I saw one.

SoupDragon Tue 03-Feb-09 16:28:04

And here we have constipated

mysterymoniker Tue 03-Feb-09 16:29:58

I like this one

thumbwitch Tue 03-Feb-09 16:30:07

I love the emoticons on here - they have the best grin.
But I agree we could do with a couple more, as hmm sometimes has to double as [confused] and can be taken the wrong way; and we do really need some kind of [ewwww!]

simple but effective, most of these.

(of course, they would have looked fab with bunnets on for Burns Night too angrysad)
There's another one that's missing - [disappointed]

thumbwitch Tue 03-Feb-09 16:32:41

pmsl soupy @ constipated.
mystery, I like that one too!

Buda Tue 03-Feb-09 16:34:18

I like the emoticons on here. Am quite fond of them. Esp hmm

Do agree a vomit one would be good.

I do like the bat on the MSN ones though! Very MN.

mysterymoniker Tue 03-Feb-09 16:37:04

this is a nice, simple way to disagree with another poster

MrsBadger Tue 03-Feb-09 16:47:55

posting in rich text (ie with buttons for italics etc and clickable smilies) is a whole other kettle of coding fish vs plain-text posting

I like plain text and it makes threads much easier to read

and I suspect Tech probably does know what MSN Groups look like, it being his job an' all...

Tigerschick Tue 03-Feb-09 16:50:57

I like the emoticons we have here and I like the way we get them.
I think that no matter how many we have, there will always be someone saying "why don't we have a xxx one?" ... I like just putting [confused] or [ewwww] ... there's more scope for being creative.

Tigerschick Tue 03-Feb-09 16:51:34

Ah - there you go, thank you MrsB - I like 'plain-text posting' ... that's what I meant.

raisingrrrl Tue 03-Feb-09 16:52:11

I like this one.

AnarchyHeart Tue 03-Feb-09 16:52:51

Dunno about plain/rich text but I prefer MN style to more complex ones.

It keeps the focus on content.

thumbwitch Tue 03-Feb-09 16:53:49

not so keen on that one, mystery - might be seen as a tad aggressive, no? grin

OhHowMarvellous Tue 03-Feb-09 16:55:27

I'm with Buda, I like the bat.

Those ones last year were dreadful weren't they? The other MSN ones on P&L's link are shite.

mysterymoniker Tue 03-Feb-09 16:59:33

no, it is nice

a case of actions speaking louder than words

better than this one anyway

JollyPirate Tue 03-Feb-09 17:04:22

I love the simple but effective emoticons here. My personal favourites are grin and nothing says "for gods sake you are SO wrong" like hmm.

thumbwitch Tue 03-Feb-09 17:05:11

oh yes, better. But only just. Having half your head and bod lopped off with samurai swords isn't my definition of nice, Mystery!! shockgrin

mysterymoniker Tue 03-Feb-09 17:09:42
ShowOfHands Tue 03-Feb-09 17:12:59

I think the emoticons on here are wonderfully expressive. You see the uninitiated look at smile and are uninvigorated. Used successfully I suggest that smile has the power to verbally castrate. A well appointed smile is the passive aggressive's weapon of choice.

Words are lovely.


It just drips off your tongue.

cyteen Tue 03-Feb-09 17:14:56

plus there's the joy of the occasional [gin] or [grim].

HecateQueenOfGhosts Tue 03-Feb-09 17:29:55

or [groin] or [wank]

who was it who was queen of comedy porn typos? someone used to do it all the time!

Gunnerbean Tue 03-Feb-09 21:04:37

Psychomum I'm only saying what I think, which I'm perfectly entitled to do as far as I'm aware.

I'm not saying I don't enjoy this site, I just don't particularly like the emoticons here.

So why don't you "feck off" yourself? Or "feck off" this thread if you think it's as pointless as you quite clearly do?

SoupDragon Tue 03-Feb-09 21:13:08

Actually, I can see a use for this one.

Ans possibly this.

Words are far more eloquent though, don't you think?

Squirdle Tue 03-Feb-09 21:33:48

Soupy, the second one is fab!! We need that one!!

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 04-Feb-09 11:46:25

Confused emoticon is designed and on it's way by the way... but there's a few things ahead of it on the list. Shall I ask BigTech to give you a preview?

SauerKraut Wed 04-Feb-09 11:48:44

Please, please, no vomit emoticon. A lot of emetophobes would be scared off...

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 04-Feb-09 11:51:51

Yes I think everyone agreed no vomit emoticon for that very reason last time it was brought up (no pun intended!) SauerKraut

ContainsMildPeril Wed 04-Feb-09 12:08:47

No matter what the repentance is if i put a smile in it it looks as if i'm being sarcastic.


ContainsMildPeril Wed 04-Feb-09 12:09:29

Sorry - that was supposed to say sentence LOL!


broguemum Wed 04-Feb-09 12:51:31

can we have a sleep deprived emoticon please? with mad staring eyes? It would serve as a caveat on all my posts at the moment.... Thank you..

Tinker Wed 04-Feb-09 13:01:35

raisinggrrrl's one is very funny [laugh out loud emoticon]

But no, less is more here.

PuppyMonkey Wed 04-Feb-09 13:06:46

I think leave it as it is.... you can have too much of a good thing.


PlumBumMum Wed 04-Feb-09 13:07:53

a light bulb one would be good

fryalot Wed 04-Feb-09 13:16:12

you know what... they are crap

But they're our crap and we love them.

leave 'em alone hmm


BigTech (MNHQ) Thu 05-Feb-09 10:13:42

Good Morning lovely Mumsnetters,

Here is your preview of the confused smilie...


thumbwitch Thu 05-Feb-09 10:51:05

not bad, BigTech, not bad - now what about the [ewww] one? grin

thumbwitch Thu 05-Feb-09 10:52:40

it doesn''t have to be vomitous (understand the emetophobes pov entirely) but just a screwed up disgusted face.

teafortwo Thu 05-Feb-09 11:20:51

Often I am overwhelmed by mners inner strength! I would love a 'strength' emotion bigtech! smile

Oggsdog Thu 05-Feb-09 11:29:08

I actually used the [conf] emoticon here on mn, back in Jan. [smug]

I actually think the msn emoticons are crap/blousy/in-your-face awful.

Ours are very refined and understated and I like them that way.

hmm is inspired... and useful in oh so many situations.

Oggsdog Thu 05-Feb-09 11:31:01

<one too many actuallys there>
<should have previewed> hmm

Oh God - not more emoticons. Psychomum will go crazy!!!

Flamesparrow Thu 05-Feb-09 11:39:57

I am happy with them all as they are. No more, no less. I did like [frank] though!

grin makes me think people are slightly deranged, love it.

is either nice and happy, or pure bitch.

angry say it all

blush I always get the feeling is really open up floor and swallow

looks soooooooo upset

envy doubles up as [sick] (you just put envy <-- sick)

hmm is just inspired!

My only complaint is where I have had to zoom in with new MN, they are fuzzy

madhairday Thu 05-Feb-09 11:48:35

They may be outdated, but I am rather fond of them. When I first joined grin always made me laugh as it is such an evil grin, and of course hmm is classic. MN wouldn't be the same without them

broguemum Thu 05-Feb-09 12:12:59

Still think a sleep deprived one would be good. Wild eyed and slightly mad looking... Or is that too much to ask?

MauriceDancer Thu 05-Feb-09 12:15:18

NO. no more icons. we do our own here. [determined]

and no stoopid buttons to press and no moving ones. leave well alone.

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