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While I agree that "cute" icons or lots of different icons are
distracting, I think this may be a perfect case for an icon. With
warning/caution/danger information, you *want* to catch the readers eye,
you want them to read this information as soon as possible and not be
able to skip over it. If you've got a bunch of other icons, then that
defeats the purpose, of course, but it these are the only icons you've
got, then they're serving a needed function. (I wouldn't have an icon
for Note, though.)
I did a quick (and dirty) web search for our webless one, and the only
other warning symbol I found was a triangle with a lightning bolt in it.
In think this has "power" connotations, though. I saw the exclamation
point in a triangle used both as warning and caution in different
places. Color seems to be an indicator: red for warning, yellow for
caution. If you can't use color, how about two different sizes of the
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