These smilies are small in size, but they can take a hit on the server when there are too many because of all the threads in our forums and all the traffic they get. At one point the smilies were unlimited, but that was an error. They were also limited to less than 10, but at one point I have increased them to 12 some time ago. If anything, I would reduce them, especially since pages now have to calculate points, bank and total points in every post bit, as well as gift graphics. We will likely keep them at 12. I delete extra smilies when quoting lots of members as well. That's the best way to deal with it.