What is Emoticons?

Emoticons are converted to small smiley images in the Reading View.

Enable forum-style emoticon (smiley) replacement within MediaWiki.

BlueSpice has a list of emoticons, or smilies, coming from chat jargon. These can enhance communication by expressing things like irony, for example. If a user adds a smiley to an article, this is transformed into an image.

Where to find Emoticons?

The following sequences of symbols are transformed into emoticons. Here is the list of BlueSpice smilies where you see the sequence of symbols, then the name of the image, then the image and a short description:

:-) smile.png emoticon smiling 
:-( sad.png emoticon sad 
:-| neutral.png emoticon neutral, sceptical 
:-@ angry.png emoticon angry, annoyed 
;-) wink.png emoticon winking, ironic 
:-D smile-big.png emoticon laughing 
:-/ thinking.png emoticon thinking 
:-X shut-mouth.png emoticon sealed lips 
:'(  crying.png emoticon crying 
:-O shock.png emoticon shocked, surprised 
:-S confused.png emoticon undecided, confused 
:lol: glasses-cool.png emoticon cool, sunglasses (:| yawn.png emoticon yawning :good:good.png emoticon good, thumbs up :bad: bad.png emoticon bad, thumbs down :-[ embarrassed.png emoticon embarrassed, blushing [-X shame.png emoticon ashamed

Tips for using emoticons

If a user adds an emoticon to an article, this is transformed into a small image. The emoticons used can be changed at the page Template: emoticons.


Emoticons cannot be used directly at the start of a line! This could otherwise lead to conflicts with other wiki markup e.g. indents or lists which start with : or ;. One always has to leave a space before an emoticon too.

Classic emoticons with MediaWiki

MediaWiki does not have smilies installed by default.

See also

Our reference page.