The Facepunch Custom Emoticon Project

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The Facepunch Custom Emoticon Project was a thread found in General Discussion.

The idea for the project originated in the 1st Making Facepunch Better thread, where Snickerdoodle suggested a thread where you could make your own emoticons which could be added to the forums,[1] which he followed up with creating a tutorial on how to make emoticons.[2] postal then accepted Snickerdoodle's idea of The Custom Emoticon Project.[3]

Officially created on the 12th of July, 2015,[4] users quickly got to work creating new emoticons. Emoticons were released in waves, which were blocks of emoticons added at once, followed by smaller batches that were amended to it. By either the 13th or 14th, Wave 1 had been introduced,[5] including a good mix of original emoticons (especially those based on local memes). By the 18th, Wave 2 was introduced.[6]

While Wave 1 had many more original emoticons, Wave 2 introduced a completely new artstyle for the basic emoticons, as to distance them from their original Something Awful counterparts. Many competing styles existed, lending itself to a vote,[7] which resulted in the style proposed by Oicani Gonzales to be adopted. The many emoticons that had been made in said style were compiled into sets,[8][9] and then added.

While many original emoticons were added, many emotes from SA returned in the form of redraws, and conditions for their return were incredibly harsh. :yarr: for example, as suggested by the community, was initially just the original SA version drawn in the new style, which was deemed lazy.[10]

By the 10th of August, 2015, Wave 3 was introduced.[11] This would be the last major wave of emoticons added by postal and Robotboy655. By the end of September of 2015, activity began falling off. Only several more emoticons were introduced in the thread between the months of November of 2015 and March of 2016, including some based off of the then-recently released video game Undertale.[12]

References

  1. General Discussion - "Making Facepunch better - Don't post about ratings" (post #4487): https://facepunch.com/threads/1465833?p=48158693#post48158693
  2. General Discussion - "Making Facepunch better - Don't post about ratings" (post #4555): https://facepunch.com/threads/1465833?p=48160899#post48160899
  3. General Discussion - "Making Facepunch better - Don't post about ratings" (post #4734): https://facepunch.com/threads/1465833?p=48179480#post48179480
  4. General Discussion - The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi: https://facepunch.com/threads/1475616
  5. General Discussion - "The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi" (post #601): https://facepunch.com/threads/1475616?p=48195331#post48195331
  6. General Discussion - "The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi" (post #1617): https://facepunch.com/threads/1475616?p=48239096#post48239096
  7. General Discussion - "The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi" (post #1001): https://facepunch.com/threads/1465833?p=48209271#post48209271
  8. General Discussion - "The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi" (post #1475): https://facepunch.com/threads/1465833?p=48224686#post48224686
  9. General Discussion - "The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi" (post #1547): https://facepunch.com/threads/1465833?p=48228498#post48228498
  10. General Discussion - "The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi" (post #1632): https://facepunch.com/threads/1465833?p=48239248#post48239248
  11. General Discussion - "The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi" (post #1995): https://facepunch.com/threads/1475616?p=48421460#post48421460
  12. General Discussion - "The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi" (post #2256): https://facepunch.com/threads/1475616?p=49390742#post49390742