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When quoting someone else's post and having previewed your pithy reply, you'll occasionally get this seemingly meaningless error:

The following error(s) occurred while posting this message:
- The message body has been left empty.

The problem is that some smileys/emojis upset to the quotes - I don't know why.
Simply delete the smiley/emoji from the quoted post, and hey presto, it will work.

Just thought I'd let you know...
« Last Edit: May 01, 2018, 08:43:23 am by richtea »
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 :) :) :) :) :)    Couldent resist. ::)
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:) :) :) :) :)    Couldent resist. ::)

Ah, but those standard ones work.
It's imported smileys that bust. Brian often uses them. I think it's an extended font or something.
'A' for effort, though!
And speed of reply.
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OK, to clarify, it only breaks if you use the 'Preview' function. And we all preview our missives, don't we?
If you just post, there is no problem.

Test sentence.............. 😨
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Weeelllll!

Not quite young and very kind sir!

First. I nearly always have broken emoticons. Even the ones in the emoticon menu bar above the message box are mainly boxes with the text word in it.

Currently, on my iPad, it reads:

'Smiley' 'Wink' 'Cheesy'  ;D >:( :( :o 'Cool'  ??? 'Roll Eyes'  :P :-[ 'Lips Sealed' :-\ 'Kiss' :'(

So, if I were to hit the 'Smiley' button in the line above it would simoly insert the text representation of the smiley, like this  :) and when I preview and post the message it still shows as a colon and an end square bracket. Any of the un-broken emoticons in the menu bar still work perfectly and show correctly when I preview and post.

This gradually gets worse, but never better, until I do 'something' I can't remember what...

The reason that I use the Apple iPad emoticons is that the ones on this rubbish site don't work half the time, for me. You'd think someone would do something about it ‘Wink'.

Second.

For four days now I have been getting the 'message body left empty' message even when replying to non-emoticon messages and even when creating my own message from scratch. I can't review the post but can 'post' it and then edit it OK.

This has happened on and off since we set the site up. I think I need to close my tabs (which are otherwise permanently open) to reset the thing.

I actually thought it was an Apple/iPad thing but was about to burst into print but you beat me to it.

Other 'features' of the iPad that grind my gears are the neat thing where if I type two consecutive words beginning with 't' or 'th' the thing selects and deletes the last section of text I have just typed. 'Cool' eh! Not.

This should be a broken 'smiley'  :)
and this one should be a working 'grin'  ;D
and this one a 'cool' from my iPad keyboard 😎  which promptly brought up the error message about the body being empty.

Over to someone who knows what they are talking about...

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Not me. Well, maybe I'll have a little dig around.

Your broken smiley isn't broken for all readers. All three icons below are displayed for me (Win 8.1):
This should be a broken 'smiley'  :)
and this one should be a working 'grin'  ;D
and this one a 'cool' from my iPad keyboard 😎  which promptly brought up the error message about the body being empty.

Do they not show for you, Brian?
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Richtea testing smilies on an infernal iPhone:
 :)

 :D
 ;D
 >:(
 :(
 :o
 8)
 ???
 ::)
 :P
 :-[
 :-\
 :-*
 :'(
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And back on a PC
 :) ;) :D ;D >:( :( :o 8) ??? ::) :P :-[ :-X :-\ :-* :'(
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Emojis are:
 :)      ;)      :D      ;D      >:(      :(      :o      8)      ???      ::)      :P      :-[      :-X      :-\      :-*      :'(
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:)    ;)    :D    ;D     >:(   :(     :o     8)    ???    ::)   :P    :-[    :-X   :-\   :-*    :'(
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And from Safari on windows
 :) ;) :D ;D >:( :( :o 8) ??? ::) :P :-[ :-X :-\ :-* :'(
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Lastly, Safari on Mac:
 :) ;) :D ;D >:( :( :o 8) ??? ::) :P :-[ :-X :-\ :-* :'(
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Brian - some details, please:
- iPad model
- iOS version
- Safari browser version
- keyboard setup (Settings -> General -> Keyboard)
- language setup (Settings -> General -> Language & region)

I had one failure on the iPhone, btw, the second emoji along - wink - didn't insert the text / code. Apart from that, it was good.
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iPad Air
iOS 11.3
Safari - no idea but the whole thing is at the latest spec, updated only last week.
Keyboard - English UK
Language - English UK

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Not me. Well, maybe I'll have a little dig around.

Your broken smiley isn't broken for all readers. All three icons below are displayed for me (Win 8.1):
This should be a broken 'smiley'  :)
and this one should be a working 'grin'  ;D
and this one a 'cool' from my iPad keyboard 😎  which promptly brought up the error message about the body being empty.

Do they not show for you, Brian?

What I see in my message box and in Preview and when I read the postage message is exactly what you see in your quoted text above.

Smiley is  colon right bracket
Working grin is semi-colon Capital D
Cool I see as a proper iPad emoticon.
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Richtea testing smilies on an infernal iPhone:
 :) *

 :D *
 ;D
 >:(
 :(
 :o
 8) *
 ???
 ::) *
 :P
 :-[
 :-\
 :-* *
 :'(

The ones marked with an asterisk above appear broken to me.

AND, these are the ones which are broken in my menu bar above my message text box!!!
« Last Edit: May 01, 2018, 04:37:59 pm by Phmode »