Thoughts on Emoji Selection Process

James Kass via Unicode unicode at
Mon Aug 13 06:39:50 CDT 2018

Charlotte Buff wrote,

> ... I have been dealing with the ESC for two
> years now.

Two years passes in the blink of an eye.  Elsewhere you mention several
names including Andrew West and Michael Everson.  Both of them have been
working with, against, or around various committees and members for about
two decades now.  Infinite patience is essential, if one doesn't have it,
it has to be feigned.

> I used to be nice ...

That may have been a tactical error.  This is the 21st century and one has
to be rude just to get noticed.  Besides, once people find out you are a
nice person, they have a tendency to step all over you.

> ... Back when I still thought that they were
> actually trying to do good, but just didn’t
> quite know how.

Most people don't perceive themselves as villains.

> I am sick of sugarcoating their flaws.

They probably didn't like it anyway.  Sugarcoating flaws calls attention to
them and attracts flies.  It's been said that a friend is someone who likes
us in spite of our many faults.  The friendly thing to do would be to
overlook flaws, focus on strengths, and find some kind of common ground.
(If any.)

> If they can’t deal with criticism straight to their
> faces then they shouldn’t be in these positions.

Agreed, as long as it's constructive criticism, tolerably polite, offering
viable alternatives/solutions, and provides for them to "save face"
(because where image is everything, looking good is considered important).

Some people deal with criticism by shunning the critic, preventing any
recurrence.  Some Sales & Marketing people can be *so* hypersensitive.

> Who cares that 80% of the emoji standard is
> horribly broken? What could the Emoji Subcommittee
> possibly do about that?

Well, they could break the other 20%.  Heh heh.
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