1. On a scale of 1 to 10 how sarcastic is the community, in your opinion?
  2. Why do you think that is so?
  3. Should sarcasm be rewarded or discouraged?
  4. How to implement bullet 3

Answer example:

  • 9.67
  • Dumb questions bring out the devil in me.
  • rewarded!!!
  • add reputation points for sarcasm
  • 2
    Sarcastic? Not so much. I see a lot of narky users on ServerFault, but it's usually isolated incidences (i.e. all first offences all by different people, usually on stupid questions). We all have bad days! Apr 19, 2010 at 5:03
  • 3
    Is this question asked out of pure curiosity or have you been bothered by someone?
    – alex
    Apr 19, 2010 at 6:19
  • @Alex: a bit of both but the catalyst had been the latter reason...
    – Yaneeve
    Apr 19, 2010 at 6:43
  • 3
    @Yaneeve if you deem something abusive flag it for moderator attention. But remember, we all add a pinch of sarcasm at times, although it's not always intended to sting.
    – alex
    Apr 19, 2010 at 7:11
  • @Alex: I had flagged it
    – Yaneeve
    Apr 19, 2010 at 7:18
  • 3
    What example brought you here?
    – random
    Apr 19, 2010 at 7:20
  • 1
    @random: Perhaps it is my over sensitivity, yet here it is: stackoverflow.com/questions/2616650/…
    – Yaneeve
    Apr 19, 2010 at 7:28
  • @random: That is a question I asked about a general matter. I think that these types of questions should be valid for SO...
    – Yaneeve
    Apr 19, 2010 at 7:29
  • 4
    Your example was a non-answer to a poor question. No sarcasm there.
    – random
    Apr 19, 2010 at 7:46
  • @random: if the question was/is poor and if general matters are of no interest to SO users then, it is my opinion that, SO should be renamed to: "The site which provides free answers (as opposed to EE) to extremely specific questions which are of interest to but a few people and which reward experienced users with addicting reputation points"
    – Yaneeve
    Apr 19, 2010 at 8:07
  • 3
    You're correct, SOFU is not a community discussion forum.
    – random
    Apr 19, 2010 at 8:39
  • 2
    Possible duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5314/…. Apr 19, 2010 at 16:02
  • 5
    Oh, a complaint about sarcasm. That's a real useful topic.
    – Aarobot
    Apr 19, 2010 at 17:22
  • 2
    @Aarobot - you should totally drop your sarcasm and use jQuery.
    – DVK
    Apr 20, 2010 at 3:31
  • @Aarobot, I see what you did there. {Chuckle} However even back in 2010, cruelty toward noobs was a severe problem IMO, so a sarcasm question.......not a problem. Dec 7, 2019 at 16:31

5 Answers 5


On meta?

It's meta.
We already vote up sarcasm.

On SO?

It's heavily moderated by the community
It's low enough that we can't force it any lower

  • 2
    Hmm.. but this brings up one of those logical problems like "Everything I say is a lie".... is this post on meta sarcastic? Is Meta really the serious one and SO is sarcastic?.... Apr 19, 2010 at 4:56
  • @Billy: I'll leave that up to your judgement. There's a .001% chance, according to my statistics, that a randomly selected post on Meta will be serious.
    – waiwai933
    Apr 19, 2010 at 4:58
  • @waiwai933 according to your own answer the statistic should be at no more than 0.00001%
    – Yaneeve
    Apr 19, 2010 at 5:01
  • @yaneeve: The '%' sign, as dictated in mathematics, has an implied division by 100. That is, there is a .001/100 chance that a post will be serious.
    – waiwai933
    Apr 19, 2010 at 5:08
  • @waiwai933: it's early morning where I am, perhaps you are right
    – Yaneeve
    Apr 19, 2010 at 5:12
  • waiwai933: Except the probability of your statement that the stat is .001% has a probability of .001% (by self reference), for a total likelihood of seriousness of .00001% Apr 19, 2010 at 5:16
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    @Billy: Who says that sarcasm and seriousness are mutual exclusive? Apr 19, 2010 at 6:47
  • @Ladybug: They're not, but sarcasm does set the tone. Question is, is that tone wanted/accepted?
    – Yaneeve
    Apr 19, 2010 at 7:01

Obligatory Simpsons reference:

User420815: whats code 4 mking game w/ super unicorns plz help
Neil Fatvalue: Bravo, that's a great question.
Spoel Jolsky: Oh, isn't that sweet. Even Neil's adding his kudos!
Neil Fatvalue: I was being sarcastic!
Spoel Jolsky: You were?
Neil Fatvalue: No, I was being sincere!
Jeff Nearforest: Oh, i'm so confused!


Like you're going to do anything with the answers anyway!

  • Could vote them up...
    – Yaneeve
    Apr 22, 2010 at 14:13
  • ~1.5
  • Badly asked questions beg for bad answers. I think we all try to be polite but occasionally people get frustrated about badly asked questions and offer an answer that isn't that helpful. Downvote or flag it if you think it deserves it.
    • IMHO, your example question is badly asked, it is somewhat subjective, and you could find most of what you want to know by taking a quick look at the web site and mailling lists.
  • Depends, sometimes it is better to just ignore it. It is very rarely rewarded.
  • Down-voting, and flagging are adequate responses 99% of the time.

For the record sometimes sarcastic answers are great.

  • 1
    I don't see how the regex answer is sarcastic. It's a completely correct answer with a bit of melodrama thrown in for effect.
    – mmyers
    Apr 19, 2010 at 16:45
  • 1
    @mmyers: Maybe sarcastic is the wrong word. Though it does seem to attempt to express humorous contempt about using regex to parse html which does seem to fit some definitions of sarcasm.
    – Zoredache
    Apr 19, 2010 at 19:23
  1. 0
  2. We're all totally living The New Sincerity
  3. Encouraged, for sure. Nothing makes you feel more comfortable and accepted like an intentionally factitious answer.
  4. Motivational speakers. Lots of them.
  • -1 for mentioning motivational speakers. You just totally removed all my motivation to fill out a cover sheet for my TPS report :(
    – DVK
    Apr 20, 2010 at 3:36

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