WatchUSeek forums all have the same rules and guidelines. The first rule reads, "Members will be kind and courteous, and respectful to other members and the moderators. No direct or indirect personal attacks or insults of any kind will be allowed. Posts which antagonize, belittle or humiliate other members and/or the moderators will not be tolerated..."
In forums where this is the guideline, why do we have this emoticon ( ) available for use? The emoticon, which is identified as meaning "shut up", is at odds with rules which ask for courteous, civil behavior. Where I come from, telling someone to "shut up" is considered rude and insulting.
I've read posts in the Dive Forum this morning in which the poster used the "shut up" icon repeatedly, and then proceeded to quote other rules regarding the use of Off Topic identifiers.
It's my opnion of course, but allowing the use of the "shut up" emoticon contributes to a coarsening of the exchanges we engage in here. It should be dropped from the emoticon menu.