http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo...rk-aims-to-put-an-end-to-email-confusion.html I'm sure some of you have already seen this. Apart from the fact that there are already a few symbols that people typically use to convey sarcasm, such as ;-), I think this is a terrible idea, and I'll tell you why. First of all, part of the fun of sarcasm is when, in any given situation, only about half of the people involved suspect that you're actually being sarcastic. I'm talking about that more evolved, more subtle form of sarcasm that's only recognized by more discerning people, or by people who know you really well. If we were to adopt a standard symbol, and use it every time we were being sarcastic, all of that would be lost. One might quickly conclude that this isn't necessarily a problem because you could just choose not to use the symbol. But if it became as common as say, the exclamation mark, not using it might lead some readers to feel more certain that you are definitely not being sarcastic. This could potentially lead to more misunderstandings, rather than less. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm going to be very upset if my ability to effectively shit stir someone on a forum, without annoying the hopefully more intelligent moderators, is compromised!