Looked back and saw that WordPress had inserted
8) [I turned off the default conversion to smileys] a smiley face in my posting about Dragon — ?!?! It seems that it automatically translates certain combos of characters to smiley faces. Horrors! So my parenthetical comment about version 8 close parens became a smiley. Blth. I’ve never used emoticons even made with punctuation marks, and no way I would want to be inserting smiley faces into my postings.
In my teaching I often talk about configuring users, meaning either or both of two things: the construct of their users that designers agree to among themselves; and/or the capabilities and responsibilities delegated or denied to users (often combined with their delegation to the system). WordPress has both constructed its users as people who not only use emoticons, but want to substitute cutesy images for them; and arrogated to their software the right to substitute smiley faces for certain combinations of characters, forcing users to wrestle with the software to avoid them — in my case, forcing me to insert a space where it doesn’t belong so that I can write “(version 8 )” instead of it appearing as “version [smiley].”