That emoji (here) seems to be an animated GIF uploaded from the writer's computer to storage on ning in the same way that any image can be uploaded. That's a different technology from the way we used to be able to copy emojis from the board's "Smilies" folder.
For example, I've just gone to Photobucket using a link in the "Smilies" folder, and downloaded the following GIF to my computer, then uploaded into this reply. I suppose it's an alternative that anyone who's seriously desperate to post smilies could use, but it's not really a workable board-wide solution!
Richard Willis said:
I just saw (on the Carol Burnett thread) a working animated emoji.
I just looked at the Smilies page. It now doesn't even show the images and denied access when I tried to look at or save them.