Although I searched for it, I did not find a question that directly address this topic (not for a specific case but) in general. And I am genuinely asking to know the answer to make my own behavior compliant with what is expected in the network.
This is not a request in any form. Furthermore this question is exclusively about facetiousness and it does not cover other topics like being ironical or asking rhetorical questions.
In general, being facetious reduces stress and anxiety, boosts the morale and might increase the spirit of friendliness.
However, it also might decrease the legitimacy and seriousness, and/or reduce clarity, focus and concentration in general. Not to mention some time it can even be interpreted the wrong way!
I am wondering what the rules and/or your opinions are about being facetious and adding small lighthearted jokes, for:
I understand that it may always depend on the situation. And the type of the jokes and the degree of facetiousness are also important. Therefor using what is referred to by "common sense" might be a good measure.
However due to the nature of the network and its emphasize on seriousness on one hand and yet maintaining certain degree of welcoming quality on the other hand, I am interested to know more. Interestingly votes and answers suggest a division of opinions on the subject.
I realized that after this question received a down-vote, one of my (relatively old) answers in SO, which was only voted up before, was voted down too. I am not sure how to interpret that but I can not help noticing , there is a slight humor in the answer in form of a code construct like:
B<A<float, 666> > possessed_object;