Why is there a smiley face displayed below the footer?

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This article describes how to remove the smiley face displayed below the footer. The smiley face is not built-into the theme and is actually being loaded in from the WordPress.com Stats Plugin.

More Details:

The Smiley face is required by the WordPress.com Plugin to track your website’s stats. Luckily we’ve got a fix to remove the smiley without affecting your stats.

Please note: Do not attempt to use display:none to hide the smiley face. The smiley is required by the WordPress.com Stats Plugin and using display:none will prevent proper functioning of the Plugin. Instead follow the instructions below:

General Instructions:

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Access your theme’s Site Options Panel by clicking on Appearance > Site Options
  3. Next click on the Styling & CSS tab
  4. Scroll down to the Custom CSS section and add the code below.
  5. Save changes and rejoice! :)
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