I've read this in a Filbar's poster, one of those inspirational ones

"A lot of the fricion in life are caused by the wrong tone of voice."

Quite true. Even though I am more adept in writing my thoughts, I wouldn't want to have it being peppered by smileys and stuff just so people know I am being my goofy self.

More often than not, without those smileys, people think I'm either serious, mean, or whatever unpleasant mood they could think of, be it e-mails, chatrooms or forums. Heck, even when I'm sincere people think I'm being sarcastic.

And it's only through the tone of voice that has kept me from being skewered alive, even though I'm simply being honest with the people I like.