On your WordPress installation, you can enable or disable the conversion of certain text combination in post content or comment text into certain images called as Smilies. There is a setting under the WordPress admin => Settings Panel => Writing Settings => Formatting Section =>¬†Convert emoticons like ‘:-)’ and ‘:-P’ to graphics on display

In case you want to disable the Smilies, you can unchecked this box and keep it checked in case you wish to use the Smilies formatting feature.

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