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I'm excited about the proposal to add a "brontosaurus" emoji codepoint because it has the potential to bring together a half-dozen different groups of pedantic people into a single glorious internet argument.
Title text: I'm excited about the proposal to add a "brontosaurus" emoji codepoint because it has the potential to bring together a half-dozen different groups of pedantic people into a single glorious internet argument.

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Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: first time making page. Needs much more work including links, sources and the Brontosaurus reference.

Cueball, along with two other figures, is placing traffic signs in a river. As rivers flow according to the landscape, this plan will not work and the river will continue on its course. Cueball is very frustrated by this and is still trying to make the river obey traffic laws. The caption compares this useless approach with attempting to define the diverse and ever-changing human language with strict technical standards, much like Cueball is attempting to divert a flowing, moving river with fixed signs that do nothing.

The title text refers to a proposal to add three dinosaur heads to the official list of emoji. This is likely to stir debate between the following opposing camps:

  • those who favor the inclusion of more emoji vs. those who oppose emoji on principle
  • those who accept the existence of Brontosaurus vs. those who deny its status as a species unique from Apatosaurus
  • those who favor a traditional, scaly image of dinosaurs vs. those who have accepted the feathered-dinosaur paradigm

See also

636: Brontosaurus

Jurassic Emoji proposal

Transcript

[Single panel scene: Cueball is standing waist-deep in a river. With one arm he is holding on to a traffic sign that says "Detour" with an arrow pointing to the right. The other arm is pointing horizontally. Further up the river is another street sign apparently in around 0.5 metres of water; this sign has an exclamation mark inside a triangle. In the distance on one bank of the river, two people are standing and making gestures, with a sign lying on the ground next to them. Behind them is a parked car on a road that crosses a bridge over the river.]

Cueball: No, go this way, not —

Are you even listening!?

Hey! That's not what this area is for!

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Watching the Unicode people try to govern the infinite chaos of human language with consistent technical standards is like watching highway engineers try to steer a river using traffic signs.


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