Counter suggestion: the ASCII-smiley to emoji translations in Discourse’s emoji plugin should be configurable in the admin interface.
So far, I’ve been dragging around a patch file that gets applied on Discourse updates, because I’m my users are accustomed to stuff like
^^ for ,
^^; for and
T_T for , and really don’t like some of the default translations, e.g.
:D which should be instead of the normal smiley…
Circling back to the discussion from [Paid] Need a Vanilla 2 Import tool:
With this in place, the Vanilla2 importer could just install a translation table that matches the emoticons the Vanilla2 emoji plugin defines instead of converting the posts.