Do we need humor when we post here in Meta? I am Newbie with a little concern here. Any answer will be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    meta makes me laugh a lot, sometimes when the author intended, and sometimes not... but for sure there is no requirement for meta posts to be funny!
    – Zanna Mod
    Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 5:18
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    @Zanna you hit me in the my nose there my friend :)
    – Antivistv2
    Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 5:20
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    I would be interested to know, what inspired this question?
    – Mark Kirby
    Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 10:22
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    A newbie like me don't know all the standard procedures when posting here, and most of the time, we're afraid to mingle with others because we have less knowledge with Ubuntu. And I've read some posts that contains has humor and it attracts large number of views and answers. That's it. Thanks by the way.
    – Antivistv2
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 1:46

3 Answers 3


Humor? Or no humor?

Either way works for me.

In all seriousness, though, here are some hilarious meta posts:

Hmm, I thought that list was going to be way longer when I started making it. Maybe meta isn't funny after all. I don't know though. I'm smiling right now, personally.

On the bright side, our OS is not at war with anyone and someone is eager to help.

Often, when someone comes to meta, they come here because they are concerned about something. Sometimes that doesn't leave too many opportunities for levity. Sometimes it does. Either way, that's okay. Being funny shouldn't get in the way of discussing our concerns, but taking ourselves too seriously shouldn't get in the way of it either.

By the way, you may have noticed votes are used differently on meta -- on the main site, they express evaluations of the quality of the post. On meta, they can serve that function, but at least as often are used to express agreement and disagreement with an opinion about site policy.

So if you do ever have something downvoted on meta, try not to take it too seriously. (Same deal for upvotes.) It's for a reason that votes on meta don't give or take away any reputation. Personally, I've sometimes entertained the notion that meta posts should have four vote buttons, and the total score should be represented as a Gaussian integer, with quality on the real axis and agreement on the imaginary axis.

Silly and not serious mock-up of agreement and quality evaluation axes for a voting voting on meta, exhibiting a severe lack of hand-drawn circles.
To be viewed sideways from behind your screen. (Replace i with j, if using Python.)

But then I realize... that would just be silly.

  • +1 for "entertained the notion", quite an entertaining phrase amid an entertaining post.
    – user308164
    Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 11:37
  • i second the motion.
    – Antivistv2
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 1:47
  • Possibly some posts need a scale, or a 'don't know, don't care...' button. As far as I remember with complex numbers j is used to not confused with i (as in current in electronics etc), didn't know Python could do 'em though :)
    – Wilf
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 13:45
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    +i for 4 way voting Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 22:37

As with the rest of the site - we want signal, not noise. Its fine to inject a little humour as part of making a point, but jokes posted as questions, questions posted as jokes, and things that are trying to be jokes or questions but arn't wouldn't belong here.

I use jokes as a tool, to help people remember, to make a point . I know my audience.

So, if you need to ask if we need humour, the answer is no. You'll know when to make funnies when you understand the site better.

  • Thanks for the clarification Sir. Have a good one
    – Antivistv2
    Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 5:52

You need a good sense of humour when you get down-voted :p

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    Right after you get down-vote/s :) Thank you ive meet a human today.
    – Antivistv2
    Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 5:16

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