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I did see something about how to do it on Xenforo's support forums, so I think it's possible. This is the link I found.

 

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So far we've got suggestions for:
  • Dad Joke - I was thinking of finding someone on fiverr or somewhere to make a Bob-the-divine-drilling-equipment-salesman emoji in the same style as the stock Xenforo ones. I think Groan, Rimshot and Dad Joke are essentially the same thing in this context.
  • Sign of the horns - Metal!
  • Geedis/swo - Stuff is swo, trippy, or quintessentially pubbish.
  • Popcorn eating - bonus points if this looks recognisably like Michael Jackson.
  • Angry goose - I feel personally attacked, or anything to do with geese.
  • Chill - Like popcorn eating but a suggestion to chill rather than watch the spectacle.
  • Erik Estrada - Dumarest/gonzo material, or anything to do with the 1970s.
  • Fist Bump - Alternative to like.
  • Tankards clinking together (I'll drink to that)
I feel this captures the zeitgeist of the pub perfectly. Nobody is petitioning the mods for a code of conduct policy or drumming up support for a pogrom on SJWs - we just want more silly emojis.
 
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I think also perhaps an angry goose emoji.

Or perhaps a chill emoji like a sort of minimalist lo-fi girl.

I feel also perhaps a Dumarest emoji for particularly gonzo posts. This, of course, should be a sort of chibi Erik Estrada design.
 
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So far we've got suggestions for:
  • Dad Joke - I was thinking of finding someone on fiverr or somewhere to make a Bob-the-divine-drilling-equipment-salesman emoji in the same style as the stock Xenforo ones. I think Groan, Rimshot and Dad Joke are essentially the same thing in this context.
  • Sign of the horns - Metal!
  • Geedis/swo - Stuff is swo, trippy, or quintessentially pubbish.
  • Popcorn eating - bonus points if this looks recognisably like Michael Jackson.
  • Angry goose - I feel personally attacked, or anything to do with geese.
  • Chill - Like popcorn eating but a suggestion to chill rather than watch the spectacle.
  • Erik Estrada - Dumarest/gonzo material, or anything to do with the 1970s.
  • Fist Bump - Alternative to like.
  • Tankards clinking together (I'll drink to that)
Some of these seem awfully detailed for an image the size of an emoji. I'm pretty sure newcomers would have trouble recognising a couple of them unless they were the size of a userpic.
 

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Some of these seem awfully detailed for an image the size of an emoji. I'm pretty sure newcomers would have trouble recognising a couple of them unless they were the size of a userpic.

The tooltip over each reaction solves this problem.
 

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Some of these seem awfully detailed for an image the size of an emoji. I'm pretty sure newcomers would have trouble recognising a couple of them unless they were the size of a userpic.
You're right - I think you would have to really stylise some of these down. In practice a go/no-go decision would probably have to include a view on whether it's feasible at that size.

Dad Joke would probably reduce to an emoji with a pipe. Geedis would probably be hard to recognise if you didn't know what it was to begin with. Same with Erik Estrada - I'm not sure he has features recognisable enough to caricature down that small. An Icon with SWO could be legible at that size. I can see popcorn working.

On second thoughts, a little google-fu turned this up. One might be able to make a chibi version of something like this that could shrink down quite small - much of the detail in this could go without the image ceasing to be recognisable. I think it would be tricky at the size of an emoji but maybe possible, bearing in mind that we do have antialiasing.

Estrada10%.jpg This is not much bigger than an emoji- 3% Estrada10.jpg 10%of original

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Some of these seem awfully detailed for an image the size of an emoji. I'm pretty sure newcomers would have trouble recognising a couple of them unless they were the size of a userpic.
I also think, for the sake of folks like spittingimage spittingimage that some effort should go into giving them a recognisable colour scheme so they're easier for us old farts with not-quite-20-20 vision to recognise.
 

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52 px x 52 px might be doable for most of these.
 

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52 px x 52 px might be doable for most of these.
I think spittingimage spittingimage's point was making them recognisable at the size they're rendered at (I think they're shrunk from 52x52 when finally rendered) might be quite hard. I'm sure they could be drawn at 52x52.

The default sprite sheet below has sprites at 64x64 for the emoji although there is a small amount of whitespace left around the image. They look like just a gradient fill on the base circle. You might even be better off drawing them with a vector tool and then exporting as a bitmap.

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Doesn't XenForo allow for buttons at the bottom of each post? Those buttons can be set at 32x32.

Another suggestion: Dumbfuck, when a reply is too stupid to react with words.
 

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Doesn't XenForo allow for buttons at the bottom of each post? Those buttons can be set at 32x32.

Another suggestion: Dumbfuck, when a reply is too stupid to react with words.
While it's quite tempting, I think that would be inflammatory rather than silly - not the tone that I (we?) want to encourage by adding more silly emoji. I suppose you might do a 'my brain hurts' emoji with a knotted handkerchief or something like that.
 

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While it's quite tempting, I think that would be inflammatory rather than silly - not the tone that I (we?) want to encourage by adding more silly emoji. I suppose you might do a 'my brain hurts' emoji with a knotted handkerchief or something like that.
Yeah, I don't see much to be gained by having emojis for insulting people.
 

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Inspired by this post, we might need a rimshot emoji.
Possibly, although IMO it's maybe redundant W.R.T. the dad-joke emoji. However, there is no intrinsic reason we can't have both, with the possible exception of cluttering up the conceptual space.
 
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So, my other post has locked now, but here's an updated summary.
  • Dad Joke - I was thinking of finding someone on fiverr or somewhere to make a sort of chibi Bob-the-divine-drilling-equipment-salesman emoji in the same style as the stock Xenforo ones. I think Groan, Rimshot and Dad Joke are essentially the same thing in this context.
  • Rimshot - supplemental to or alternative to the Dad Joke - for things that aren't quite dad jokes.
  • Sign of the horns - Metal!
  • Geedis/swo - Stuff is swo, trippy, or quintessentially pubbish.
  • Popcorn eating - for watching a flame war or similar. Bonus points if this looks recognisably like Michael Jackson.
  • Angry goose - 'I feel personally attacked,' or anything to do with geese.
  • Chill - Like popcorn eating but a suggestion to chill rather than watch the spectacle.
  • Erik Estrada - Dumarest/gonzo material, or anything to do with the 1970s.
  • Fist Bump - Alternative to like.
  • Tankards clinking together (I'll drink to that). This might just need a single tankard.
  • Knotted handkerchief emoji - My Brain Hurts.
  • Cat girl - see below.
 
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Maybe a little niche, but perhaps a catgirl emoji for this situation, or for anything particularly weab-ish. Not that there's all that much weab-ism on The Pub, but we live in hope ...

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I have no idea who that is but I feel it should be your avatar.
 

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I could go for a "shrug" emoji. It's my favorite innocently passive aggressive emoji,
 

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In my old forum, we had a metric TON of smileys. Some were in-jokes. Okay, most of them. Even people that hated our forum complemented our smileys. I was using Simple Machines, because I'm cheap, lazy and not too bright. So, not sure if any of this applies. But, we had a thread for smiley requests. No guarantees if or when. But, usually, they got handled right away. One of the mods was really good about it. But, it really gave the users a sense of ownership and contribution. We also had "secret" smileys that didn't show up in the list, you just had to know the code. I don't know how that got started.
 

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I take it managing the forum became too much, and you moved on? I'm curious to hear from former administrators about their experiences.

I ran a forum full of assholes and was an asshole myself. Predictably, it didn't end well. Basically a forum of trolls, trolling everyone else, and each other. An ouroboros of stupidity. Overall, it was something I regret, to be honest.

The forum itself was a piece of cake. I used Simple Machines (free), it cost peanuts, and didn't often experience issues or need tweaking. I was fortunate enough to have a few mods who were good at staying on top of what needed staying on top of. I was famously technically incompotent, but it really didn't matter. Most of the time, I was able to run it from my phone. It may have been more difficult than I remember, again, I had a couple of really good mods.

I'm trying to find a way to describe what happened to my forum without breaking any rules here. Let's see, I read once on a nother site that "any online community that gets its laughs by acting like idiots will eventually attract actual idiots who think they're in good company", or something to that effect.

I started my forum after another I frequented went belly up (and for similar reasons). I wanted to continue to read brutal, sarcastic humor. Eventually, the userbase morphed into something entirely different from what I wanted, and what it had been. But, like an advanced cancer, it was too late to be cured.

Long story short, the day-to-day of running a forum of 2k or so users, with a hundred or so regulars, was no big deal. 'Twas drama killed the beast.

Its demise has since caused me to do a lot of self-appraisal about what we really did and why.

A former user who I have no beef with texted me recently to see if I'd be interested in trying to get the forum back from the guy who last owned (and nuked) it. I told him I just wasn't interested.

Well, that's a lot of words nobody asked for.
 

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I wanted to continue to read brutal, sarcastic humor. Eventually, the userbase morphed into something entirely different from what I wanted, and what it had been. But, like an advanced cancer, it was too late to be cured.
I've had the exact same experience. I joined a picture-captioning forum that had no limits in terms of topic or good taste - it just had to be clever. I stopped visiting when the front page got flooded every day by too-edgy-for-you teenagers who thought shouting the n-word was the leading edge in online humour.

I quit another when the mod staff became so performatively political that it turned toxic. (Not one of the usual ones that get brought up here - a small, obscure forum.)
 
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