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Online cues in comments when a person is joking or sarcastic?

As I wrote to LaComtesse I often cannot tell when a person commenting is serious or joking. I always assume serious unless I see a smiley face or its obvious. What cues should I take or you take? The number of times on Huffpo I went off on someone who then wrote that their comment was sarcastic or joking is very high. Usually every other day it would happen. So any ideas? I did grow up in a very serious environment, my mother never jokes yet loves SNL and sitcoms and her mother never joked. I also tend to be highly serious. Suggestions? I feel awful usually when I find out.


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