I can't figure out the emoticons either, Mountain Dreamer, so you're not alone.
As to the Hit and Runs, I think that people are researching their symptoms and when they come across the forum they ask questions and then, when they figure out the don't have have SLE, they abandon us (sniff, sniff). When I looked the other day at how many registered memebers we have, I was astounded! Then, you see how many of the users have -0- posts, I wonder how that could be. Perhaps Rob or Conrad could enlighten us???