Unicode Consortium fights over sad Shit

Das Unicode Consortium streitet über Emoji-Scheiße und die Pläne für einen traurigen Kackhaufen. Nicht lachen, die Lage ist ernst! Hier das komplette Sad-Shit-Drama als PDF.

Their argument centers around “Frowning Pile Of Poo,” one of the emojis under consideration for the June 2018 class. In an Oct. 22 memo to the Unicode Technical Committee, Everson tore into the committee over the submission calling it “damaging ... to the Unicode standard.”

“Organic waste isn’t cute,” Everson wrote, aghast that the technical committee would even deign to consider additional excremoji. “It is bad enough that the [Emoji Subcommittee] came up with it, but it beggars belief that the [Unicode Technical Committee] actually approved it,” he wrote. Everson continued: “The idea that our 5 committees would sanction further cute graphic characters based on this should embarrass absolutely everyone who votes yes on such an excrescence. Will we have a CRYING PILE OF POO next? PILE OF POO WITH TONGUE STICKING OUT? PILE OF POO WITH QUESTION MARKS FOR EYES? PILE OF POO WITH KARAOKE MIC? Will we have to encode a neutral FACELESS PILE OF POO?” Everson concluded his remarks on the emoji suggesting it might be abused by bad faith actors. “As a representative of the National Standards Authority of Ireland,” he wrote, “I have to wonder what possible good could come of encoding such a character. Bullying, perhaps?”

Everson also seemed to take issue with the original Poo emoji’s cartoonification, which he suggests is the result of early vendor (companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and others whose platforms emojis appear on) decisions. “It is a pity that Apple followed Softbank rather than KDDI in its reference glyph, since a coil of dog dirt with stink lines and flies is surely the only proper semantic,” he wrote.

West, echoed Everson’s comments forcefully in a similar — and entirely serious — rebuttal: “I'm concerned that this character will open the floodgates for an open-ended set of PILE OF POO emoji with emotions, such as CRYING PILE OF POO, PILE OF POO WITH LOOK OF TRIUMPH, PILE OF POO SCREAMING IN FEAR, etc. Is there really any need to add a range of emotions to PILE OF POO? I personally think that changing PILE OF POO to a de facto SMILING PILE OF POO was wrong, but adding F|FROWNING PILE OF POO as a counterpart is even worse. If this is accepted then there will be no neutral, expressionless PILE OF POO, so at least a PILE OF POO WITH NO FACE would be required to be encoded to restore some balance.”