I was being sarcastic which is why i put the after my post...lol That pie was $9.
I know where you are coming from.
For years, I have been an observer in my role as a Moderator of how members express themselves using emoticons as well as time honored practices such as sarcasm, satire and humor. I have come to the conclusion that these forms of expression do not always convey what the writer intended.
As a result of my observations, and using emoticons as an example, I do not use anywhere near the number that most other members use, and I use them sparingly and only when they reflect my actual state at the time I post (like laughing or smiling). I personally would rather use carefully chosen words to convey what I want to say rather than using emoticons, even with the very large number of emoticons that are available in the emoticon universe and their many gradations and varied expressions.
I also try to avoid sarcasm, and sometimes have to bite my tongue to refrain from doing so, since I have learned that most people do not respond well to sarcasm that is directed against them and especially if it puts them in a bad light. Also, I have learned that some people take whatever you say or do literally, whether it is the use of particular emoticons, sarcasm or humor, and completely miss the effect that was intended. The reality is that there are some people who take just about everything literally. For those people, emoticons may well be the best way to let them know your state of mind since words alone may not be enough. Satire and tongue-in-cheek expressions often fail for this reason.
I will confess to attempts at humor, to lighten things up and hopefully make someone laugh, and because I find humor to be an intellectually challenging exercise, but I have concluded that humor is very hard to convey well in the written word and not be misconstrued. In my experience, to be effective, attempts at humor have to be clear, obvious and unambiguous. It will also work best with people who also have a sense of humor.
In the real world, there are fewer misunderstandings than in the virtual world because people may know you personally and how you express yourself, your physical mannerisms and facial expressions and tone, the extent of your intellect, and your sense of humor. You may also know each other's personal sensitivities and taboo subjects. It is hard to replace these with words and emoticons when you don't know the people personally.