In light of this, we're retiring the old "emoticons" for new use. And soon, we'll replace "emoticons" in old messages with their new 🙂 equivalents, for consistency.
To make this possible, we had to convert all of our content to a new "character set". Due to limitations of our database software, this meant that some non-standard and non-English characters got a little mangled. Messages posted in Chinese, for example, are now gibberish. (But we've always been clear that our focus is on the U.S. market, and nearly 99% of our reade...