Do you think emoticons affect ratings?

Canada
August 31, 2010 12:07am CST
I've noticed most people here who have reached 200 posts use the emoticons, do you think if affects how others rate you? Some of them are very welcoming, and I find myself giving people good ratings when they seem positive.. For example, someone sending me smiley faces and hugs is more likely going to get a nice rating from me. I think emoticons just help get a point across. Sometimes it's hard to tell if someones trying to be funny, or sarcastic, or rude, since we are talking online and not face to face. With the emoticons we can let people know that what we are saying is supposed to be taken as a joke, that we are confused about something, that we're shocked, or that we're just plain happy. What do you guys think, does this affect how others rate us?
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13 responses
@damned_dle (3944)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
Well is better than =) and is better than lol. So maybe it is, depends on the person reading. And I am sending you this , so you might rate me postive! hehehe (too bad they only let 3 emoticons per post!)
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• Canada
31 Aug 10
Haha, I just might rate you positive.. Posts with emoticons tend to catch my eye, not that there aren't good posts without emoticons.
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
Hello 4ever famous, I believe the emoticons purpose is to allow us to express ourselves more specific. so that the users would know the emotion that you're feeling when making that response,comments or discussion. but from my experience emoticons can also help you earn a bit more when you use them i believe the only thing that affects your ratings is the star, when you're rated negative most often.
• Canada
31 Aug 10
That's exactly what I was trying to say. I forgot to mention that without them sometimes we are misunderstood. What I meant by it affecting ratings is.. Are people more likely to give you a + when your post seems very positive with a lot of happy faces in it and such?
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
no, they're co-related. but the emoticons help in increase of earnings.
@angelajoy (1840)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
I think I get what you're saying for3verfamous. It seems like some people here think that you are connecting emoticons to the ratings system here in mylot. I think what you're trying to say is that emoticons can help us get good ratings because they help people understand us better than when we just use pure text. Is that right? If so, then I agree with you that emoticons do help us get good ratings.
• Singapore
31 Aug 10
Hi, I'm not sure whether it affects the rating, but personally I like to use emoticons a lot because it livens up the response and accurately transmits our moods to the reader. It is a helpful tool in written communications. I guess to some extent it has some effect because when the message is better put across, you are more likely to attract positive ratings because of that.
• Canada
31 Aug 10
That's what I use them for too, discussions need some life put into them. I don't know how I lived without them here. I use that one most, seems to get my mood across loud and clear to anyone reading.
• Singapore
1 Sep 10
When we started out, we need to reach (200) before we can use it here, it seems such a far away target but now I have long past the mark and have enjoyed inputting a lot of the different ones to convey different moods.
• Singapore
6 Sep 10
Thanks for BR!
@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
i think it doesn't matter if your response or comment has emoticons or not.it's just there to let others know what kind of emotion we want others to see from us and it helps make the discussion more livelier when emoticons are there. it doesn't affect ratings at all cause the quality is still what matters the most. but nowadays i can't see those emoticons and reputation stars. have you seen them?
• Canada
6 Sep 10
I still see them.. Maybe you have images turned off on your browser?
@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
7 Sep 10
yeah,i have figured out a way to see them,there was image blocked from my computer. thanks for the thought.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
i don't think it can affect the rating because for me, whats more important is the thought the responder wants to convey to you, the essence and the content of its text, not the emoticons,,, don't get me wrong, but for me, as long as you have sense and the text you send conveys emotions themselves, there's no need for emoticons,,, good day!
• Canada
6 Sep 10
I agree. If someone can get their point across without being misunderstood without using emoticons, that works too! Thanks for your response.
@aurorastorm (1136)
• United States
31 Aug 10
I have no idea if they help your ratings, which then will help your earnings. But now I want to know how to use them and I have no idea. So just in case they would help me, can you tell me how to use them?
@priyayogi (222)
• India
31 Aug 10
yes,emotions are affecting the people.because every person have some problem they declaming with other person.so we should avoid these kind of activities.it should be ratings in our life.so emotion should avoid every human beings.every one should blame with others.so we take care our part.
• Canada
31 Aug 10
I meant emoticons.. These things.
• India
31 Aug 10
I sincerely hope the contents (I mean the substance of the matter) scores more than such add-ons like emitcons and pictures. I feel any thread should help to find answers than pose more questions
• Canada
31 Aug 10
The contents can score good ratings too, it's just the emoticons help us show our mood/feelings more accurately. If the point is getting across more accurately that may (or may not) affect the ratings.
@de_toya (2434)
• Indonesia
31 Aug 10
Emoticon is they way to express your feeling using picture. Picture may figure your feeling and give many interpretation for everyone who see it. Word have limitation but picture beyond imagination. Small picture could figure out wide imagination which couldn't figure out by a sentence. I think emoticons doesn't effect our ratting directly. However, if you use emoticon appropriately, other member may like your post and then rate you up so your ratting will be increase. Emoticons are just additional feature from mylot to let you make your post more funny so the discussions will be enjoyable.
• Canada
31 Aug 10
Nicely put, that's exactly what I was trying to say, thanks for your response!
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
Hmmm I never knew that, I think what affects most is the number of post you had, but surely, emoticons help in a way or another, but using them help conveys your thoughts , but hey, it would of course be a plus if it really helps, thanks to you. I would be using them now, every now and then.
• Canada
31 Aug 10
I noticed that when I wasn't able to use emoticons, sometimes people misunderstood what I was saying and took it as me making a rude sarcastic remark or something when it really wasn't that.. Now with emoticons I think my point is getting across better, which could I think result in less people rating me with -'s. But hey, who knows..
@syvels (258)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
i dont think so, emoticons are ways to show feelings on what you typed.. :P
• Canada
31 Aug 10
Oh I know that.. But they can help us show how we are feeling more accurately than just words can.
• United States
31 Aug 10
Personally I use emoticons to correlate with my posted response. If ever I give , it is simply so that the member understands that I am too agree fully as we are not suppose to simply say I agree, as per the guidelines. But when I do use it goes right alongside with my comment. I especially like to give , as if the person was in front of me I would want to hug them as a sign of comfort especially if it is a sad discussion. As to whether it helps our ratings I truly do not think so, as one question that always comes to mind is when a member started a discussion and then I give this lengthy response, I then get in as a response something like , so I have no idea why this member thinks that placing simply an emoticon will count towards rating, earnings or relevance to the discussion. But I suppose that is a whole other discussion.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
31 Aug 10
it can