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'Smilies' are small graphical images that can be used to convey an emotion or feeling. If you have used email or internet chat, you are likely familiar with the smilie concept. Certain standard strings are automatically converted into smilies. Try twisting your head on one side if you do not get smilies; using a bit of imagination should reveal a face of some description.

Here's the list of currently accepted smilies:

What to Type Meaning Graphic That Will Appear
:alien: alien alien
:angel: angel angel
:angry: angry angry
:biggrin: biggrin biggrin
:blink: blink blink
:blush: blush blush
:boxing: boxing boxing
:butbut: butbut butbut
:console: console console
:cool: cool cool
:crazy: crazy crazy
:cry: cry cry
:devil: devil devil
:dribble: dribble dribble
:eh: eh eh
:ermm: ermm ermm
:fallen: fallen fallen
:fear: fear fear
:flowers: flowers flowers
:getlost: getlost getlost
:group: group group
:hammer: hammer hammer
:happy: happy happy
:hehe: hehe hehe
:hmmm: hmmm hmmm
:hug: hug hug
:inlove: inlove inlove
:kiss: kiss kiss
:laugh: laugh laugh
:mellow: mellow mellow
:notify: notify notify
:nuke: nuke nuke
:owned: owned owned
:peace: peace peace
:pinch: pinch pinch
:pooh: pooh pooh
:rolleye: rolleyes rolleyes
:shifty: shifty shifty
:shocked: shocked shocked
:showoff: showoff showoff
:sick: sick sick
:sleeping sleeping sleeping
:smile: smile smile
:smug: smug smug
:throb: throb throb
:thumbsup: thumbsup thumbsup
:tongue: tongue tongue
:unhappy: unhappy unhappy
:unsure: unsure unsure
:w00t: w00t w00t
:wacko: wacko wacko
:whistle: whistle whistle
:wink: wink wink
:xmas: xmas xmas
:yawn: yawn yawn

If you want to disable smilies in a post that you make, you can select the 'Disable Smilies' option when posting. This is particularly useful if you are posting program code and you do not want ;) converted to a smilie face!