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Where to put the smiley? Before or after the dot?






Where do you prefer to put the smiley?
Before the dot :).
16%
 16%  [ 1 ]
After the dot. :)
33%
 33%  [ 2 ]
Replace the dot :)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
not sure / it depends
50%
 50%  [ 3 ]
Total Votes : 6

Peterssidan
There are many strict rules about how text is written but not about the placement of smileys. I wish there were some easy rules to follow so that we don't have to think too much.

These are the ways I often consider when I'm about to write a smiley:

Before
The smiley is part of the sentence in a way so putting it before the dot makes perfect sense to me Smile. It doesn't always look best this way though.

After
When having only one sentence in a paragraph I think it looks best to put the smiley after the dot. Smile If there is a following sentence it looks a bit weird, as if the smiley was part of that sentence instead.

Replace
Replacing the dot works for a single sentences Smile With multiple sentences it might not be obvious that the smiley is acting as a sentence terminator. Some people might have smileys within a sentence which makes it even less clear.

If I have to choose one of the above to use in all situations I would probably choose the first one (smiley before dot) but I'm not sure I should be so strict. What do you think?
chartcentral
I'd say after the dot. Smile
deanhills
I try to use smileys as sparingly as I can, unless I'm really celebrating something, then I use a whole row of them. I usually replace a dot with the smiley, as the smiley looks like a big smiling dot to me, and I also like to use a few dots leading up to the smiley, like this .... Very Happy
Peterssidan
When it comes to the other end-of-sentence characters ! and ?. I think it becomes extremely ugly when putting the smiley before because there is no space between the smiley and the end-of-sentence character. You could of course put an extra space in there but it doesn't look nice.
playfungames
I do not think that there is a hard and fast rule on how or where to place smileys. It is not English grammar. You can put it before the full stop or after it. Skipping a full stop (.) can confuse a reader.

Personally I prefer to put a smiley before the dot Very Happy .
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