xtifr wrote:So yes, why does the forum block random unicode characters like Egyptian Hieroglyphs? I can understand blocking things like the bidi control characters, and I can maybe understand blocking the penis hieroglyph (and the ejaculating penis heiroglyph), but the whole code block? That's just bizarre.
Start with selected ASCII codes lower than 32 (CR/LF accepted but standardised, no BELL?) and the whole of the 32 to 126 range, then expand into allowing long-accepted Codepage/Unicode territories, certainly, but most of the Emoji pages just lower the information density.
Like I often cannot identify elements in a 'Graphics Pack'ed Dwarf Fortress screenshot, because that little (exquisitely drawn!) pictorial array of pixels makes less sense to me than a given colour of Codepage-437 character image, most of the time.
Words, though. They work well enough, most
of the time, with a good application of punctuation, a limited
number of standardised in-line smiley images, proper mark-up and faux
mark-up ([explanation]maybe for irony[/explanation]).
Sending me an aubergine symbol would still confuse me, though I have been aware of its popular symbology (a minced reference, to get around penis-symbol blacklisting, no doubt).
Sending me the 1F64F "PERSON WITH FOLDED HANDS symbol (which you can't do, here, but if you could I'd advise you to drastically increase the font-size for me to have a hope to identify it without some form of pinch-zooming) confuses me more as it looks more like a "deep in prayer" symbol. Is that what you meant? Apparently Randall used it as "thank you", in the comic title-text example. But "Thank God! (for helicopter heroes? - though I don't see the helicopter or medal symbols myself)" might be the message I take away, which is quite a different meaning from most of the various possibilities a sender might intend.
(Heck, even some of the authorised in-line smiley symbols are ambiguous.