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Why do Stackers consistently vote down humorous responses?

I find that answers and comments are downvoted or flagged simply because of humor or a pop culture reference like "OMG, WTF, or EPIC Fail" - this seems like rabid fanboy behavior, down voting is fine, but allow comments to be down voted instead of deleted, deletion when the comment is in good humor should be allowed.

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marked as duplicate by GEOCHET, juan, Shog9, John Rudy, Troggy Dec 16 '09 at 20:15

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OMG! WTF? EPIC FAIL! – GEOCHET Dec 16 '09 at 20:01
I'm not entirely sure what's being asked here ... – John Rudy Dec 16 '09 at 20:06
Effectively the same as:… the responses. Humor can survive, but only if it's funny. – Shog9 Dec 16 '09 at 20:09
Delete this imo. – kd7 Dec 16 '09 at 20:25
@Shog9: Humor must be funny? Since when?! – c00lryguy Dec 16 '09 at 21:07


Comments are automatically deleted once they've been flagged 5 times (more times if the comment has been upvoted). That means at least 5 people DON'T think it's in good humour. S[OFU] are not joke sites. There's room for humour, but the information should come first.

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No? No what? No jokes? – innaM Dec 16 '09 at 20:00
OK, OK, I got one. So Linus, Steve and Bill walk into a b...ZZZZZTTT! Flagged! Deleted! – John Rudy Dec 16 '09 at 20:04
NO, NO JOKES ALLOWED. BY LAw. Every time somebody makes a joke, Jeff Atwood makes a backup. That just shows you how many jokes get made. – Phoshi Dec 16 '09 at 20:06
I'm here as proof that Phoshi made a joke. – JSONBog Dec 16 '09 at 20:10
Damn! Downvote/Flag me for my sins :( – Phoshi Dec 16 '09 at 20:11
the # of flags also scales a bit with the # of upvotes a comment has. The more upvotes, the more flags required before auto-deletion. It's more likely a moderator will delete your comment once flagged, as it shows up in the flagged comment report / status. – Jeff Atwood Dec 16 '09 at 20:31
Aah, that makes sense. Thanks :) – Phoshi Dec 16 '09 at 20:35
This comment thread is going to make no sense when Welbog changes his name again. Or when there arise new people who know not the story of the (non-)backups. – mmyers Dec 16 '09 at 22:52
@mmyers: I petition you to change your name to buzzkiller. – JSONBog Dec 17 '09 at 1:23

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