Carol: please do come back to the discussion forums, and contribute.
As the author of one of the most unseriõs posts on this particular forum, you might see me as the guiltiest party, or at least, an agent provocateur. Perhaps you're even right, I do have a twinkle in my eye and I sometimes can't resist having a bit of fun.
To be sure, if there are nothing but jokes on a thread and the original question is never answered, that would be quite annoying indeed, and there would be no point in the forum at all.
And if the sum total of someone's contributions were nothing but jokes, well, you might well have a point (although if they were good jokes, I'd still enjoy them). But I think for the most part the occasional light-hearted post which may or may not elicit a sprinkling of replies in kind, like a light ripple of laughter rolling through a theater does no harm to the more serious questions underlying the forum.
In the end, we are all human. Life is hard, and then you die. I intend to laugh (and love) as much as possible along the way. Not everyone would agree with me, of course, but I hope there is room for a variety of beliefs and philosophies in this wonderful shared academy.
Your questions, contributions, opinions, uncertainties, plaints, musings, or humorous asides are welcome, at least by me and I'm sure many others as well, and I hope we see you here again soon.
P.S. A tip of the hat to Susanne M for her thoughts.