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This line noise post is spreading. Can we please not post gibberish in unrelated threads.
posted by Mitheral to Etiquette/Policy at 8:59 AM (92 comments total)

Rabid Emojiist!
posted by Burhanistan at 9:04 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


𝔓𝔢𝔬𝔭𝔩𝔢 𝔠𝔞𝔫 𝔭𝔬𝔰𝔱 𝔤𝔦𝔟𝔟𝔢𝔯𝔦𝔰𝔥 𝔴𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔶 𝔴𝔞𝔫𝔱.

-𝔊𝔬𝔡
posted by dunkadunc at 9:07 AM on March 23, 2012 [25 favorites]


It'd be good to not have it get out of hand, yes. I feel like we haven't really gotten into that territory so far, and the dude-flipping-over-a-table thing is at least a lot less space-filling than the hardcore ZALGO stuff was, but restraint in all things, definitely.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:10 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am sort of in agreement with this (I agree that complicated emoticons probably are a net negative to communication clarity most of the time) but mostly I just think it's interesting how those emoticons are totally readable and clear once you can resolve the intended image in your head, but look exactly like gibberish if you don't know what you're looking at.
posted by Scientist at 9:12 AM on March 23, 2012


Can we please not . . .

ಠ_ಠ
posted by toomuchpete at 9:12 AM on March 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


(╯°□°)╯︵ ˙spɐǝɹɥʇ pǝʇɐʃǝɹuu uı ɥsıɹǝqqıƃ ʇsod ʇou ǝsɐǝʃd ǝʍ uɐↃ
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:17 AM on March 23, 2012 [54 favorites]


See upon the walls of the Oracle, the two words writ in stone Know Thyself and Moderation In All Things.

also butts, lol.
posted by The Whelk at 9:20 AM on March 23, 2012 [8 favorites]


These things tend to go in cycles. I predict obnoxiousness and then sweet oblivion.

The table flip one never gets old though. NEVER. (At least let me keep it until election season is over at least. That way I don't have to work up the energy to be outraged by the latest piece of outrage, I can just flip a damn table and move on with my life.)
posted by Kimberly at 9:20 AM on March 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


(╯°□°)╯︵ ʇsɐǝן ʇɐ
posted by Kimberly at 9:22 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Someone really should set up a little website that animates the flipping over of whatever you provide as an input string. So like
http://flipthatsh.it/at-least
would provide a nice little animation of Kimberly's addendum there.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:25 AM on March 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


Faint of Butt: "(╯°□°)╯︵ ˙spɐǝɹɥʇ pǝʇɐʃǝɹuu uı ɥsıɹǝqqıƃ ʇsod ʇou ǝsɐǝʃd ǝʍ uɐↃ"

What's with the 'U' not flipping there?
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:27 AM on March 23, 2012


Sometimes a table flip is exactly what I want to express.

Most times, now that I think about it.

ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 9:28 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


thank god i'm not the only one that noticed the u.
posted by empath at 9:28 AM on March 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


The table flip one never gets old though. NEVER.

You have never been in a Twitch.tv chat channel during a starcraft tournament, I take it.
posted by empath at 9:30 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Everyday I'm table flippin'
posted by The Whelk at 9:34 AM on March 23, 2012 [6 favorites]


I've been using the shrug-shoulders, table-flipping, and look of disapproval emoticons for like months at work.

Yes, in actual professional emails.

"You mean to say that we have to wait 2 weeks for Verizon to install this circuit?!!!"

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯"

----

"Apparently one of the transport techs tripped over a cable and took out all of Norfolk"

"(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻"

-----

"[empath], I'm going need you to come in tonight to do the ipv6 upgrade."

"ಠ_ಠ"


Really, they are endlessly useful.
posted by empath at 9:36 AM on March 23, 2012 [8 favorites]


"[empath], I'm going need you to come in tonight to do the ipv6 upgrade."

"ಠ_ಠ"


Okay, what is this one, and what do I have to enable to view it properly? I see it as two boxes with "OC" and "RO" in each box, but every other bit o' emojiness comes through just fine (flippin' tables and all).
posted by curious nu at 9:38 AM on March 23, 2012


curious nu, it is a pair of haunted eyes and a _ for the nose. On emojicons it is called "Look of Disapproval"
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 9:42 AM on March 23, 2012


I think the underscore is a mouth.
posted by griphus at 9:51 AM on March 23, 2012


emojicons screencap for those who see blocky boxes with OC, RO and whatnot when you visit emojicons.com or elsewhere.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:57 AM on March 23, 2012


Table flipping, huh? I read it as a cute little bird looking at a swinging perch.
posted by Miko at 10:12 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


What's with the 'U' not flipping there?

(╯°□°)╯︵ n

Better?
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:13 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


This one:

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

reminds me of homestarrunner for some reason
posted by Hoopo at 10:13 AM on March 23, 2012 [18 favorites]


I find it annoying myself, but I figure complaining will just encourage people to do it more to show me that I am not the boss of them.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:27 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


remember that zalgo shit? it was hilarious for me, until i got a mac.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 10:28 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


(--c ಠ□ಠ)--c == )

HADOKEN
posted by griphus at 10:32 AM on March 23, 2012 [7 favorites]


I'm hesitant to admit the hope and joy I experienced when I thought this was possible.

please show me how it's possible
posted by robocop is bleeding at 10:37 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


cortex: but restraint in all things, definitely.

But not moderation, eh?
posted by carsonb at 10:40 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Great for describing what I do for work.

"Spinifex23, what do you do?"
"Software Testing! (╯°□°)╯︵ ؛suoıʇɔǝʃʃoↃ˙ɯǝʇsʎS ƃuısu"
posted by spinifex23 at 10:40 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


yes, it's possible.

General/Keyboard/Keyboard Shortcuts

And while you're there, go to 'international keyboards' and add 'emoji'.
posted by empath at 10:40 AM on March 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


It's totally possible. I just copied the fliptable stuff into an email, and then copied from the email on my phone into my keyboard shortcuts.
posted by Kimberly at 10:45 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


I didn't know about iOs shortcuts!!!
posted by Iteki at 10:45 AM on March 23, 2012


also, have things been getting deleted or is this callout really about a mere 2 examples among the almost 40 posts and hundreds of comments that have appeared since the table-flip post?
posted by Hoopo at 10:58 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


What's with the 'U' not flipping there?

Must have had it set to flip u off.
posted by pracowity at 11:01 AM on March 23, 2012 [11 favorites]


People who make a habit of that stuff are annoying, but what can you do? They'd still be annoying, regardless. No sense in getting upset over it, and there are technical solutions beyond flagging.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:02 AM on March 23, 2012




lol, the thread was winding down and people were trying to be lighthearted. This was not a habitual abuse of emoji.
posted by stoneandstar at 11:09 AM on March 23, 2012


By "people," I mean me, after a 400-comment debate about whether sexism is real or not. Let me just have that one moment of laughter, of light. One last dance in the sun.
posted by stoneandstar at 11:14 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am reminded of when me and my brother were little and we liked to "play with fire" (i.e., burn stuff). Our dad took us into nice safe grassy spot in the backyard with the idea that we were going to Play with Fire in a safe way while he watched, until my brother and and I were sick and tired of Playing with Fire. Such a time never arrived.
posted by exogenous at 11:16 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


If you're going to get mad about emoticons you're about three decades too late
posted by flatluigi at 11:21 AM on March 23, 2012


yay
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:21 AM on March 23, 2012


I see it as two boxes with "OC" and "RO" in each box

Right -- a lot of the stuff in the emoji post shows up for me as Unicode placeholder characters. The Zalgo stuff is the same for me, it never renders right. Current Firefox, default style settings, but I'm on XP so maybe my fonts have more holes than more recent OS versions.

It makes it less cutesey, more annoying. Not annoying enough to grumble about (until this specifically-grumbly thread appeared) or even to flag-and-move-on. But still.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 11:28 AM on March 23, 2012


¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You see, I thought this guy was walking like an Egyptian.
posted by octobersurprise at 11:40 AM on March 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


I predict obnoxiousness and then sweet oblivion.

fish barrel shoot universal truth
posted by y2karl at 11:41 AM on March 23, 2012


I never cease to be amazed at the stuff people get aggravated and complain about. Really.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 11:44 AM on March 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


[¬º-°]¬ emoticons are dead, undead
posted by The Whelk at 11:46 AM on March 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


This could be solved by bringing back the image tag.
posted by carter at 11:54 AM on March 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


I just think it's interesting how those emoticons are totally readable and clear once you can resolve the intended image in your head, but look exactly like gibberish if you don't know what you're looking at.

Like those 3D "pictures"; I never could see the sail boat.

However in my case a lot of the special characters aren't resolving into anything empty squares. No amount of mind bending is going to allow me to see them.
posted by Mitheral at 11:56 AM on March 23, 2012


This could be solved by bringing back the image tag.

That's what the Time Lords said about Rassilon. "Oh, this problem we're in with the time war and everything could easily be solved by bringing back Rassilon." Didn't go well. Least of all for the Time Lords. Just saying.
posted by Grangousier at 11:58 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Future PhD dissertation topic: A Study of the Unexpected Side-Effects and Resulting Detriments to Successful Communication as a Result of the Widespread Adoption of Unicode
posted by zachlipton at 12:00 PM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'll do it. My master's level work was A Quantitative Examination of Contrast between The Time Needed to Lean and the Time Needed to Clean.
posted by cashman at 12:05 PM on March 23, 2012 [5 favorites]


Hm. I can see the majority of the glyphs just fine. There have always been a few boxes sprinkled around the more complicated ones, though. I just now installed the GNU Unifont, which is just about the most complete Unicode font currently available, hoping that it would fix the issue... but no dice. Just what glyphs are people using that aren't in the Unifont?

Or have I misunderstood how the font rendering works? I thought that, in general, the browser tries to find the glyph in the specified font, then falls back to looking for a match in all the other installed fonts.
posted by gilrain at 12:08 PM on March 23, 2012


Zalgo?
posted by The White Hat at 12:25 PM on March 23, 2012


TABLE FLIPPING IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE, RICK.
posted by MexicanYenta at 12:27 PM on March 23, 2012 [13 favorites]


Ah, interestingly I don't see any boxes when using Firefox: all glyphs are displayed properly. Looks like this is an issue of Chrome not supporting Unicode very well, or maybe not falling back to installed fonts, or something.
posted by gilrain at 12:30 PM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Zalgo?

Ḩ͖͎̳̰̜ͪ̈ͨ͜͜E̵̺̣̒ͮͪ̽͞ ̸̯̬͎̲͚͈͇̿̂ͪͨͯH̩͓̰̊ͭͦͥͤͮͫͅA̡͈̠̤͔ͪ̽̚S̯̬̲̘̾͐ͦͦ̂͞͞͞ ̅̇ͦ͏͙̕B̧ͫ̓͏̥̲̭̟͇̜E̵̜̞̫̟͇͂̊̃̾͗̇̄͢E̢̖͉͕͈̩͙̫͐̽̋̿N̗͇̦̠̖̗ͯͮͬ ̶̩͙̙͓͇̩͙͕͛͊̔̀͜S̶̡̝̝̜͔ͨ̈́͊͆ͫ͊ͨU̸̺̥̘̦͉̲ͤͪ͋͛M̢͔̳͎͇̳͓̖̯̓̇̒͂́ͫ̏Ṃ̧̟ͥ͗ͥ̓̅̓ͤỎ̵̲͎̮̝̺̍̆ͮͨ̏̏͒ͬͅN̴̐̍ͤ҉̫͇̯̹̙̘̖̹E̥̭̲̩̱̗̘̟ͧͪͪ̀ͮ̑͛͢ͅD̶̡ͩ̀̆̏̊̅̊͐҉͓̟͚̞̰̩ͅ
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:30 PM on March 23, 2012 [6 favorites]


Ah, and here is a comprehensive Stack Exchange thread about this very issue. In case I wasn't the only one wondering.
posted by gilrain at 12:32 PM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't get any of those things...but then, I was never good at Magic Eye either. I'm like the dude in "Mall Rats" who can't see the boat when everyone else can.

Oddly, I don't feel worse off it....
posted by zizzle at 12:45 PM on March 23, 2012


Emoji? No emoji can express the depths of my soul.

//_v;
posted by Eideteker at 12:47 PM on March 23, 2012 [6 favorites]


*gets flight to baltimore for the purposes of hitting Faint of Butt repeatedly with a foam rubber fish*

(Because if I'm going to abuse someone, it's going to be in confusing and silly ways)
posted by mephron at 1:07 PM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


This could be solved by bringing back the image tag.

<hibbert> Oh good gracious no </hibbert>
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:14 PM on March 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


Through his prophet dunkadunc, God said: 𝔓𝔢𝔬𝔭𝔩𝔢 𝔠𝔞𝔫 𝔭𝔬𝔰𝔱 𝔤𝔦𝔟𝔟𝔢𝔯𝔦𝔰𝔥 𝔴𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔶 𝔴𝔞𝔫𝔱. But he only said that to keep up the illusion of free will. What he really meant was: People can post gibberish wherever they want, but they'll burn in the fiery pits of hell if they do.
posted by amyms at 1:27 PM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


I way, way, WAY prefer this over ASCII art.
posted by The ____ of Justice at 1:58 PM on March 23, 2012


I way, way, WAY prefer this over ASCII art.

Begorrah, next you'll be telling me you like Portal 2 better than Nethack.
posted by Zed at 2:06 PM on March 23, 2012


*gets flight to baltimore for the purposes of hitting Faint of Butt repeatedly with a foam rubber fish*

BRING IT ON! ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)
posted by Faint of Butt at 2:08 PM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


"That's what the Time Lords said about Rassilon. 'Oh, this problem we're in with the time war and everything could easily be solved by bringing back Rassilon.' Didn't go well. Least of all for the Time Lords. Just saying."

This is just pro-Doctor revisionist nonsense. Everything would have worked out fine, Rassilon's plan would have succeeded, and the Time Lords would have become true gods had not The Doctor meddled on behalf of the interests of humanity and, well, the rest of the universe, which would have been unfortunately but necessarily destroyed in the process.

(vote Rassilon in twenty-twelve)
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:22 PM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


If we're talking about witch house or seapunk it's cool tho rite?

✝ℝ☮Ṕℐ☾Üℒ✝

†өᴗ₡Ȟ
posted by nutate at 2:58 PM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think the underscore is a mouth.

Yes, lips pressed together in disapproval.

This one:

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

reminds me of homestarrunner for some reason


But...he has no arms, so those must be his legs, horribly splayed after Strong Bad dropped Strong Sad from on top of a building onto him. Of course, being H*R, he's still smiling.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:03 PM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Honestly, the table flip gave me a long giggle in a thread that was bringing the rage to a serious level. But, then, I also posted a local meme quote, so maybe I'm not a good judge of "appropriate".
posted by Deoridhe at 3:19 PM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]



"(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻"'

I couldn't figure out what it was, and then empath's comment about how one might use it helped me see the outraged little person flipping over the table. I laugh aloud in delight!
posted by winna at 4:02 PM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Am I insane to see Goatse here?
posted by chavenet at 5:01 PM on March 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I saw arm-wrestling which seemed oddly appropriate in the linked thread.
posted by malthusan at 6:54 PM on March 23, 2012


¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I see a Charles Rennie Macintosh rose flanked by two perfectly symmetrical fronds.
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:19 PM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


>^..^<
posted by a humble nudibranch at 8:59 PM on March 23, 2012


I just love how idiotically cheerful the "shruggo" guy looks.
posted by ErikaB at 9:10 PM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


"I laugh aloud in delight!"

Me, too! I hadn't seen this before; and for me the big, unexpected LOL was the first comment in that first linked thread which included the flipped-over metafilter.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 9:17 PM on March 23, 2012


MetaFilter: I laugh aloud in delight!
posted by Rock Steady at 9:52 PM on March 23, 2012


Am I insane to see Goatse here?

Ɛ(_O_)3
posted by en forme de poire at 10:22 PM on March 23, 2012


This is just pro-Doctor revisionist nonsense.

isn't all Time Lord history by definition revisionist, with time travel involved?
posted by mephron at 11:46 PM on March 23, 2012


Good point.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 11:47 PM on March 23, 2012


So what's the emoticon for get off my lawn?
posted by arcticseal at 2:53 AM on March 24, 2012


Ɛ(_O_)3

Unicode's not a nuanced enough medium for this; I don't believe there's a character to properly depict the hand that has the wedding ring on it. On the other hand, many recreations of goatse neglect the wedding ring, even the Time Magazine cover omitted that detail.
posted by radwolf76 at 5:50 AM on March 24, 2012


¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I see Beyonce singing Single Ladies here.
posted by Solomon at 5:59 AM on March 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


¯\_(ツ)_/¯ is Meatwad.
posted by zengargoyle at 6:42 AM on March 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


BTW, if you want to see the look of disapproval you need to have a font installed that supports the Kannada language. A lot of people get that through Arial Unicode MS (n.b. not the same as Arial) which gets installed with Office.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:26 AM on March 24, 2012


: )
posted by fuq at 8:24 AM on March 24, 2012


Rhomboid: "BTW, if you want to see the look of disapproval you need to have a font installed that supports the Kannada language. A lot of people get that through Arial Unicode MS (n.b. not the same as Arial) which gets installed with Office."

Installing that font on a Mac took me through a wonderland of foreign scripts and 404 errors, but I did it.

And Chrome still won't render the eyes for the look of disapproval.



¯\(°_o)/¯
posted by subbes at 9:58 AM on March 24, 2012


Unicode's not a nuanced enough medium for this; I don't believe there's a character to properly depict the hand that has the wedding ring on it.

Ɛ⃓(_O_)3 ?
posted by en forme de poire at 10:42 AM on March 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


☞(⌐■_■)☞ deal with it.
posted by delmoi at 1:51 PM on March 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


> ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ You see, I thought this guy was walking like an Egyptian.

That would be ¯\_(ツ)¯\_
posted by ardgedee at 1:59 PM on March 25, 2012 [5 favorites]


GNU Freefont shows all these.
posted by LogicalDash at 5:54 PM on March 25, 2012


Oh Emoji.

The Japanese do take in everything the world has to offer, and spit it back out in a better form. Or in a more perverted form. Or maybe better and more perverted.
posted by Chekhovian at 12:04 AM on March 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


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