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Cleaning up the emoticon legend!

it's cleaning time! :sweep:

It was time! After many years of the Emoticon Legend going untouched, we thought it was finally time for a clean up. We want deviantART's Emoticon Legend to be the largest and highest quality legend in the world! Because of this goal, we gathered some community feedback and did some long-overdue Legend refreshing.

Primarily, we changed the unknown creator emoticons, followed by revamping some antiquated emoticons, and then added some new ones. Emote lovers: hopefully this update will hold you over until we can take a more comprehensive approach to the Emoticon Legend.

In addition, we'd like to recognize a few deviants who have been significant contributors in the emoticon community. Because of their efforts, we thought we would give them a bit of special recognition.

Seniorship FTW! We hope you enjoy the new emoticons!

unknown artist emoticons

    Previously, we had a great deal of emoticons in the Emoticon Legend with unknown creators. Because we could not locate the artists who made them, they needed to be either removed or remade. We chose the path of remaking them. Many artists submitted their own versions of the emoticons and we picked some to replace the mystery emoticons.


revamped emoticons

    Some of these emoticons needed some serious updating. We know that there are many more that could use similar revamping, but this is a pretty good start. We hope you like the revamps!


new emoticons

    We couldn't possibly go through switching some emoticons out without adding some new ones to play with! Enjoy...


Throughout the history of deviantART, there have been only a few people who have made significant impacts on the Emoticon Legend. Back when deviantART first launched, `monaux and `cynic made the most of the smilies. The next major player was `weaponzero with his stareplz, followed by `hprince329's lovable emoticons. Then was `budgieishere with never before seen animation, followed by emoticon community fanatic `zacthetoad. Next up are the following deviants—all who played a very important impact in the development of emoticons on deviantART. Congratulations to deviantART's newest senior members!


enjoy! ^__^

Again, we hope you enjoy the new emoticons. We understand that change might be hard because some of you might still be attached to the old emotes; however, we hope that you will make some room in your heart for these little newbies. Please note that all above mentioned changes are final and will not be reverted back. Nevertheless, all emotes are always up for cleaning once in a while, so if you think you can make better one, go for it and send it our way. Lastly, thanks to ^Synfull for helping to advocate for the Legend Refresh. We continue to look forward to working with the emoticon community and cannot wait to see what new and exciting emoticons you all can come up with! We are here. We are listening. deviantART <3's you! Srsly.

Your Emoticon Legend Team,
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TheShura Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
KawaiiBow100 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
how can you have an emotion in the comment you put?
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Where you can make and upload a own Emoticon? That's something they have not said here and I would like to know how to make one :)
KissGlos Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
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4EverYoungKid Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
My favorite one.......:popcorn:
Christiangamer7 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
my favorite new combo:onfire::smoking:
DresdenMurderScene Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
AWESOMETASTIC to all the new/revamped emotes! but i have to admit i'll really miss the old happytears, it was so simple and to the point. classic.
Nameda Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
most are better but some are not as good like O_o one hardly can recognise the eyes there
this ones should definately be added too:
:tighthug: :iconredbullglompplz: :typerhappy: :iconfurryglompplz: :iconloopydanceplz: :iconfurrydanceplz: or more furryness: [link] :iconvictorydanceplz: :icongromp:

[link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
Tryangle Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
clap and chew were better before tbh D:
TheDeviantIndigo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
Im gonna be making some emoticons soon, ill send them your way when im done. :w00t:
organization-15 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
so cute emoticons! :joy: :)
i wish some of the emoticons in the emoticon gallery would be made official DA emoticons...they're so cute!
Freesong Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I honestly don't know why so many people are complaining. :| All this time and the community's been pushing and pushing for a change, and now they don't want it, whut?

I'll admit a couple of the revamps will take a bit of getting used to, but that's only because it's a change. I love most of them and like the rest, but more importantly am so excited to see something happening publically with this project. I know you guys have been working so hard on it behind the scenes, it's nice to see what progress has been made and for you to get some recognition for the work. :la:

And now I hafta go visit all the artists and tell them how much I like their emotes. xD Especially :wtf: and :turbopoke:. Awesome. :love:
happy19 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009   Photographer
Um... :roll:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Most of the old emotes were nicer than the current ones, more vivid and with more light. On the other hand, the revamped ones are nicer now. :nod:

ghibli92 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not sure if I like them, but I'll give them a chance! :D
Constatinoplean Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Student General Artist
:D :w00t:
Aimee-Oz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Yes, I agree with the people saying we be needin' some moar clarities. Especially some of the expressions are so little we can't see em D:

Clap, happycry, and O_o are all a bit less clear to me; however, I'm happy for a revamp and if you added :oldhappycry: etc a lot of people would be overjoyed, I'm sure. Most will be happy with plz accounts anyway.

Nice new colors! Especially :meow:. I'm a color person.
Overall a happy note :]

Olivia-94 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
hmm, can I ask a question? You know the emoticon in the 'mood' menu on journals and comments, you see the emoticon for lmao, can you get that as a regular emoticon when typing because I looked and I can't see it.
DJBoraP Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
These are amazing! :turbopoke: (ROFLMAO) :tighthug: :onfire: :la:
I'll miss the old happytears, clap, lonely, pissed off..

But the new ones are very stylish and funny, great work!
de-Mote Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
loopylass14uk Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
The new poke has nothing on the old poke sorry :(
I loved the chew emote before . . . now it's kinda lame
And the nana one although it looks cuter - it's really difficult to tell what it's meant to be doing.
Also the O_o one was better before too.

Sorry lol just my opinion - the rest are okay and the new one are cool :D
Samelia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
As said too many times before, :happy cry: was fine the way it was.
KateSteiner Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
i liked old chew :(
Solitude12 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional General Artist

Okay, well I like most of the updates and such. I dislike a few emotes though!

:clap: The original was so much more classic, this new one, I don't know, not the same thing, it kind of looks like it's playing an invisible violin...

:happycry: Again, the classic original was fine the way it was *sigh*

:nana: Looks like he has vibrating ears.

:poke: Another classic gone! D:
misterk94 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009

welfareleech Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
They are somewhat horrid, what?
Venthor78 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
cool XD
lily12-XD Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
I like the new emoticons. ^^ But I also like the old emoticons too. ^^

Meh fav new: :la: :onfire: :dummy:
Meh fav old: =D :heart: :aww:
Avalik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Hehe, nice. There's only 2 or 3 or so that I prefered the old one.

:smoking: seems to be a new popular one of the forums, I really like it too.
LittleKirara Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Liked the old clap and the old poke better, but all the rest are wonderful especially the love :love:
Oh and
:la: :woohoo: :turbopoke: :dummy:
are all epic wins!
Eszies-Eszie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I just love the new emoticons! :turbopoke: and :tighthug: are my favorites!
I didn't know that the old emoticons were replaced, so I was a little bit surprised when I saw :blush: hihi, but I like the way the old ones are replaced.

Oh, yeah, I love this one too :woohoo:
TwistedHearts Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea!!! :forgiveme:
Natmil Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
P3dy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaahh noes :( Adding new emotes are okay, but revamping good ol' emotes?.. WHY? ... :\

Most of the new ones are worse than before.. like :clap: ... I was really sad to see this, and I'm not alone.

Thank you dA for changing again into a truly negative way.
Losing artist, gaining tards, perfect policy for you, congrats ;)
Alexia88 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Draztak Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
:bulletblue:At first I was disappointed in a few, but looking them over one more time made me realize for the most part this is a pretty good update. I like most of the new ones. GJT.

:bulletgreen:It might be a good idea to make a more distinct differentiation between "blush":blush: and "blushes":blushes:.

:bulletred:Does anyone else think :siamese: could be considered offensive? It might be a good idea for DeviantArt to change it or even remove it completely.

:bulletorange:I wish someone would fix the emoticon catalog. It should show every emoticon possible on DeviantArt, no matter if I wish to sort it alphabetically or by popularity.
:bulletpurple:I agree :onfire: is totally the most awesome new one. I will attempt to work it into my conversations in any way I can.
LaPurr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
I think you might be the only person to think that :siamese: is offensive.
Draztak Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Personally I don't really care, but I just think that to show Siamese twins as green with giant teeth might anger some folks, namely people who know some in real life.
LaPurr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
I guess dA should get rid of all emotes about stupid people because they might anger those who know some in real life.

Or emotes about zombies or humping bunnies or anal probing or grannies...
Draztak Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Being "stupid" is merely an opinion unless caused by an actual disorder like down syndrome. The "stupid" emoticons available on dA are not specifically targeting these people in such an obvious manner as the "siamese" emote is, so they are not such a potential problem.
Zombies and alien anal probing do not actually exist (as far as most of us know, heh)... and frankly I doubt anyone is going to get angry about those existing on the site. The humping bunnies and the granny are not exactly portrayed in a negative fashion, so it is very unlikely anyone will take offense to those either.
`Mrichston showed me two alternatives to the siamese emote dA could switch to in another reply to my original comment, both of these are well made and probably not offensive.
Really I do not wish to make an argument here, I am simply trying to help.
LaPurr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Sorry, but stupidity isn't an opinion and it certainly isn't only caused by disorders.

As I wrote, I'm sure you're the only person who's ever thought that the :siamese: emote could possibly be offensive. Ever.
Draztak Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
If so, then dA has nothing to worry about. All for the better. =)
You have the right to your opinion, as I do to mine. Let there be no arguments please.
Mrichston Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Emote legend has every emote you can use in comments and you can sort it in multiple ways: [link]

Maybe they change :siamese: next time. There are atleast couple of revamps: [link] [link]
Draztak Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Sorry, I knew about the legend but for some reason I was sure I had seen some emoticons in one sort method that I didn't see in another, but now that I check myself I must have been mistaken.

Yeah, those are good revamps. Hopefully DA can change to one of those before a mom of real-life siamese twins sees it and gets angry...
Mrichston Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You might mean moods. I've heard many people have had problems with those recently. Moods are only sorted by mood (happy, sad, etc)

Or perhaps plz accounts. :iconstiltsplz: :iconlifeplz: :icontophatplz: Basically empty accounts created for using unofficial emotes and other pics. And since they are not official, those are not sorted or even listed officially atleast.
Draztak Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Naw, I was just mistaken because I didn't study the legend enough.

Speaking of moods though, I wish DA would add some more.

Oh, and some of the mood-defined emoticons need to be replaced by the new ones, like "Embarrassed".
Mrichston Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe you can suggest that mood replacing to estunt.
LaPurr Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Most of the new emotes are crap, IMHO.

Just another case of dA changing things for no good reason. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. You could have added emotes rather than delete the ones that were already there and worked and looked great.

You pay attention to the wrong things. Get rid of art thieves, delete stolen art, underage users, spammers, haters, the world tour nonsense in my message center...the list could go on.
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