1. There’s that canonical plugin thing again. You should interview him asking him questions about it.

  2. @Michael Torbert – Well, when I wrote this post, I didn’t see his response, but I think his idea is the best of both worlds.

  3. I saw your series of tweets. :)
    I mean you should interview him about exactly what he’s planning for canonical plugins. We only know so many details at the moment.

  4. @Michael Torbert – I’ve sent him an email asking if he could explicitly explain the idea but I haven’t received a response yet.

  5. Matt’s response sounds like the best solution to the problem.

  6. Given the circumstances, I agree that seems like the logical choice.

  7. I love the idea og the core or canonical plugins. This was a nice start for this include of functions.

  8. Would have been nice for a poll to go up to allow WP users to vote for their favorite smiley pack out of a selection. Other then that I like the idea of a canonical plugin.

  9. @matt mcinvale – I thought about taking that attitude but that would be wrong. The issue which goes deeper beyond the surface is how these images ended up in core. If we took this kind of attitude towards everything dealing with WordPress, I think we would be in a sad state of affairs. It’s not that I don’t trust the judgment calls by the core commiters, just that I think there was a better decision or way of going about it.

  10. Unfortunately, we on .com are still exactly where we were, stuck with a set of replacement smilies that nobody bothered to ask or warn us about, and content whose meaning has been subtly altered by the substitution of another emoticon (an eyeroll is NOT a raspberry, unless you are particularly socially challenged); twiddling our thumbs until somebody can code a fix for something that wasn’t broken.

    To replace our smilies, we would have to edit every individual post containing them; and even then, we’re stuck with what we’re given in comments. If nothing else, it’s been a salutary reminder that you can’t consider your content your own unless you’re hosting it yourself.

  11. Were the new smilies only included in trunk? I just tried adding a smiley to a 2.8.1 installation and it just showed the crappy old smileys.

  12. @Ryan – Pretty sure which means they did end up in core most likely for WordPress 2.9. But I don’t think we’ll see them in 2.9 and instead, see a plugin with alternative icon sets.

  13. @matt mcinvale – I see where you’re getting at quoting what I said but in that quote, I said EVERYTHING. In this instance, I believe something like this would be worthy of community feeback first before a final decision was made.

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