Is communication over the internet viable without emoticons? We know that (insert statistic here) percent of all communication is non-verbal, relying heavily on visible cues, tone, inflection, gestures, facial expression, etc. None of these accoutrements are available during an online conversation. :uhh: This can inevitably lead to misunderstanding. The emoticons are everything. I bet if I were to say: "Hey there PF Sista! Lookin' cute in that habit! :!!) ", The response would invariably be: ::SLAP!:: Whereas if I were to say: "Hey there PF Sista! Lookin' cute in that habit! ", the response would instead be ::KARATE CHOP INTO THE TD FORUM!!!:: :yuck: I hope you can see the crucial difference here... All comments are welcome...except those criticising abuse of emoticons.