A method for presenting sarcasm in a forum environment

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  1. Mavimao macrumors 6502a

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    So we've all witnessed or even got caught up in miniature tiffs because one person said something sarcastically and the other person took them seriously.

    In any case, I would like to suggest the following method that I saw on another forum to help clear up this subtle linguistic anomaly: all sarcastic sentences are to be written in purple. For example:

    "People wonder why the Xserve was discontinued? Maybe it was all those ginormous sales?

    If this were to catch on, maybe there could be a sarcasm button added to the add reply window?

    Thoughts?
     
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  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    No one would ever use it. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The roll-eyes :)rolleyes:) already stand for sarcastic.
     
  5. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Is there a color for calling someone out or calling them a turd and going right to edge of offensive but clearly beyond plain sarcasm.

    Oh wait, we're not suppose to do that.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not a great idea. It would lead to color codes for every type of comment, making the forum look like Walt Disney threw up in here:

    Red: ranting/angry posts
    Green: buying/selling posts
    Blue: fanboy posts
    Yellow: "I'm afraid I have a virus" posts
    Purple: sarcastic posts
    Brown: BS posts (natural choice!)
    Gray: sad posts ("dropped my MBP")
    etc., etc., etc.

    ;):D:eek::(:):confused::eek::mad::rolleyes::cool::p:apple:
     
  7. skunk macrumors G4

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    I'd rather be having the occasional "miniature tiff" than be ploddingly obvious. Sarcasm - and satire - are better if the reader has to do a double-take to check if they are in fact serious.
     
  8. OllyW Moderator

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    Do they?
     
  9. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    I think we should mark comments if they are NOT sarcastic.:rolleyes: I assume sarcastic tones and adjust my perception accordingly; I have found that approach to work extremely well for me here.
     
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    What an awesome idea

    Maybe different fonts for different moods. The possibilities are endless.
     
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  12. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    ROFLMBO! :D I literally did LOL on that remark. Good one!
     
  13. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Widely applicable.
     
  14. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Very true

    I learned those lessons dealing with students, faculty and parents as a school administrator years ago

    Also, learn to pick your battles and live to fight another day
    Know what you are willing to fuss over
    Know what you are willing to fight over
    And know what you are willing to die for

    As far as sarcasm goes, I think people take the Forums far too seriously
    Adding additional levels of nuance is unnecessary in my opinion
    Life's tough, get a helmet
     
  15. Surely Guest

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  17. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Great idea.

    It would take all the fun out of being obnoxious.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    And in this case, it seems to fit all three of these conditions.

    I don't think it would be successful in trying to adopt some sort of color code to identify sarcasm.

    While I don't disagree with the OP, its quite easy to misinterpret a sarcastic post as a sincere post and thus start a tiff. I can't see a poster purposely making it purple, nor can I see a mod enforcing this rule (or manually coloring sentences).
     
  19. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    This idea has been posted before, almost verbatim (just like the predicatable responses).

    It is unenforceable and rather pointless in the first place.
     
  20. jbcandkc macrumors member

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    I have seen </sarcasm> before and I think that works best if you feel you need to denote that sarcasm is being used. In that way, nobody has to be "in-the-know" about the purple rule. Besides, people who can't figure out sarcasm is being used, probably won't be able to figure out the purple rule either.
     
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  22. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Definitely!

    Here's how I see the colors posted by GGJstudios:

    Red: black or red or brown
    Green: green or brown
    Blue: blue or purple
    Yellow: green or yellow, but mostly invisible
    Purple: blue or purple
    Brown: green or brown or red
    Gray: gray or pink
     

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