I hope this hasn't been asked. A search returns 17 questions, all of which have nothing to do with humor.
Sometimes when responding, I try to be funny. It may not be humorous to anyone else, I'm not claiming that I achieve anything for anyone but myself. I just say things that make me chuckle.
Obviously, my response needs to be relevant. That's the whole point of responding. And I don't go out of my way to pull something funny where it isn't. And I definitely do not want to be offensive.
However, I notice that those types of comments tend to get removed. Is Math StackExchange averse to humor in general and it should not be used ever? Or is it likely I am just crossing some line I need to learn to gauge?
The most recent example is on
I responded to Thomas Andrew's response to the question with something like:
"Not necessarily. My sister died before she had any birthdays on a Friday."
And then I pointed out it wasn't true that I had a sister that died. It was just a stupid joke to play on an assumption.
The point, of course, was that the question could not assume, as Mr. Andrews had suggested, that everyone would eventually have a birthday on a Friday. In other problems that deal with periodic occurrences, it is common to check reasonableness assumptions based on the timespan.
So, I think the comment is relevant (and in fact, the question had to be revised due to everyone's questioning these kinds of assumptions of whether it meant ever or in that year or what). But I also understand it is not the most straightforward way to bring it up. And of course, I saw the comment had been removed by someone else shortly after I made it.
Should I avoid "funny but relevant" in general? Or what guidelines should I take?