Just got the message in my mailbox…Feature Proposal #1450 (Allow emotes within instant messages) has been “acknowledged” by Linden Labs! The Linden who acknowledged it says, “This does make sense, I’ve passed it along to the UI team.” (Sounds a little like Torley, who has had something to say about IMs recently.) I interpret that as meaning we might actually see it happening sometime soon!
Big hand to my buddy Vertex Zenith, originator of this proposal. Congrats, Vert! Cowbells all around!