A surprising number of people in my social circles have led successful emoji proposals to Unicode, and while I think the whole model is kind of bunk and I don't want to participate in it, I ALSO feel an urge to try to collect that particular credential


For what it's worth, the emoji my friends and acquaintances have backed include
- Yo-yo
- Oyster (with pearl)
- Dumpling
- Falafel
etc, etc. These are fun and probably useful things

@ehashman any ideas for what to include? it takes roughly years

@ehashman staying on brand: what about "redacted document"?

@xor well what's something you're passionate about, that you wish was an emoji but isn't?

If I had to campaign for an emoji it'd be the goose, can't believe there's no goose emoji.

@xor omg not even at the end of the priority list, I feel so shafted!!!

@xor it's probably better that normal people feel they have some kind of stake in Unicode, but I worry that their priorities may be at odds with the needs of a character set for archiving human knowledge — look at the fucking disaster which is DNS

@kragen yeah, that's the basis of my concern, although I have to concede that, even in the absence of emoji, Unicode isn't exactly human-scale, and so we already have all kinds of coping mechanisms

@xor well don't leave us hanging. what have you got in mind? personally, i think we're long overdue for a guillotine emoji. useful, yes, but maybe not fun.

@crwbot ugh the guillotine is such a good one. My leading contender is "redacted document"

@xor wonder if that could be achieved by some combination like censored + document.

here's a fun, useful thing that could be easily co-opted: whistle (noun). i'm not sure i've ever seen the whistle (verb) emoji used in the context of whistleblowing activity?

@xor Maybe you can get an emoji for "emojis are stupid" into Unicode and satisfy all your conflicted feelings.

@xor I would use that emoji a lot. Unless just using it made my posts succeed, in which case I'd need a meta modifier emoji, for self-defeat-defeat.

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