The :retard: smiley
I don't want to sound like a prude but in today's society I don't think insults such as 'retard'; used in detrimental ways are appropriate.
This is a prodominately gay board, and I would hate to think what people would say if some kid came on saying "that's gay" about something (meaning it was bad or stupid).
To get to my point, the 'retard' smiley is what I have a problem with ( :retard: ). Not the actual smiley but of the wording when posting it ': retard :'
Retard is a term used to refer to someone with mental retardation, a handicap, a term not to be used as an insult for someone who does something stupid or that we don't agree with. I hear too many people using this term like it is socially acceptable, and this smiley basically enforced it again, that it is ok to call someone a retard.
I know I have used the smiley before, because let's face it sometimes people on here do act like complete idiots, however I don't think the term 'retard' is appropriate for using to post it.
I think maybe something like :loser: may be more appropriate.