I'll be displaying YouTube Like/Dislike ratings for videos in a text-based format, so I'm using unicode's vast icon codepages as a way to display various things (such as star ratings, using U+2605 BLACK STAR ★★★★★) for example.

My first thought to displaying likes/dislikes with a unicode icon was with thumbs up/down icons, however unicode lacks a THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN code point. What's the next best choice to display "Like" or "Dislike" from possible unicode codepoints?

Edit to clarify: I need a two unicode characters that best represent the ideas of Like and Dislike. Those characters will be displayed next to the number of Likes and Dislikes respectively.

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    I think it is good idea to show as Like/dislike instead of a icon. Just my thought
    – Ravi
    Dec 8, 2011 at 5:59
  • It's a bit unclear what you want here - do you need a charachter to replace the stars from YouTube ratings, or a character that you press to like or dislike? Dec 8, 2011 at 8:34
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    👍 👎 Dec 8, 2011 at 13:50
  • @PatrickMcElhaney - great find! Do these symbols show up for you though - they don't in any browser I have... Dec 8, 2011 at 14:15
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    @PatrickMcElhaney Great find, looks like this was just added to the unicode spec a year ago - which sadly, explains the lack of font support. Maybe I'll be able to use those codepoints in a few years :(
    – Aphex
    Dec 8, 2011 at 20:24

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2611/12 ballot box with check / X

☑ ☒

2639/a white smiling/frowning face

☺ ☹

261d/f white up/down pointing index

☝ ☟

  • For some reason the two smiley symbols don't look like a pair on most browsers I tried - despite being adjacent in the unicode sequence. Additionally - all the symbols look slightly different on almost every browser I tried (the big 5) on Windows 7 with Safari looking the worst. Dec 8, 2011 at 16:18
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    Probably because the concave-up stroke of Mr. Smiles fits better above the chin than the concave-down stroke of Mr. Grumps. Dec 11, 2012 at 3:16

Thumbs up (U+1F44D), Thumbs down (U+1F44E)

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These aren't implemented in most fonts yet, unfortunately. But eventually they'd be a good choice.


Likes column title with + and - indicators.

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