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I am often asked whether or not it is dangerous to try to be funny online. Are you more likely to be misinterpreted if you crack a joke or use a witticism in email, instant messaging, or on a newsgroup or blog, than if you attempted humor face-to-face? A survey of guides on netiquette would suggest that, indeed, being humorous online could be a risky business for a number of reasons.