One of the questions we are asked the most is how to type smileys in the Shout Box.
To do this go to any post, click on reply, then select @Switch To Full Reply Screen'.
Once this is displayed, click on the smiley in the beige square top left of the reply box. This brings up all the smileys. Hover over any smiley with your cursor and (assuming your browser settings are set to allow this) it will bring up the syntax that you need to type into the Shout Box to make the smiley appear. Please note most of them have a colon : before and after the word.
I almost always use the 'Switch to Full Reply Screen' anyway as it has the advantage of always being at the top of your screen which allows you to see the Shout Box whilst doing your posting.