Originally Posted by Puppeteer
I would prefer a forum where you don't have to use emoticons, that the context of the joke, people's judgement of personality and their good sense of humour mean you don't need to state a joke. When you tell a joke do you announce that it's a joke, after the punchline? You shouldn't.
Problem is, posts get misconstrued - better use a smiley.
A lot of communication is non-verbal at least not on the internet.