Steven D'Aprano wrote:
That's because some sequence of characters
is being wrongly interpreted as an emoticon by the client software.
The only thing wrong here is that the client software
is trying to interpret the emoticons.
Emoticons are for *humans* to interpret, not software.
Subtlety and cleverness is part of their charm. If you
blatantly replace them with explicit images, you crush
And don't even get me started on *animated* emoji...
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