Rand al'Thor
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How do I indicate sarcasm/irony online?
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44 votes

Be explicit. By Poe's law, if you aren't explicit, it won't work. Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody [any view] in such a way that ...

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How can I get someone to say their first name without letting on that I've forgotten?
29 votes

You could ask them directly, by saying something like: I'm sorry, I have a terrible memory. Remind me one more time of your name? Or, if you actually have a good memory and you're pedantic, maybe ...

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How to handle accidentally bumping into a drunk person while walking?
19 votes

If you get into an altercation with someone who's drunk, simply running away is always a possibility. Drunk people can't run fast, so they won't be able to catch you. Discretion is the better part of ...

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How to continue a friendship, which was lost years ago
14 votes

I'd say message instead of calling, so that they can respond at their leisure rather than being 'put on the spot' so to speak. (But I personally dislike talking on the phone, so I'm definitely biased ...

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How do I determine which name to use when meeting someone from a website for the first time in person?
13 votes

Ask them which they'd prefer. That seems the best way to make sure you're calling them by a name they're comfortable with. If you don't know what they'd prefer to be called, asking them is surely the ...

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What to do when meeting an online friend in real life for the first time?
4 votes

If you've spent a lot of time talking to each other online, you'll probably have shared jokes or 'memes' which you've used to each other a lot and which make you both laugh. Try using them in real ...

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How to react to an excuse if it wasn't "Ok"?
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There's no reason not to be polite, and you don't lose anything by saying "it's OK". This isn't some kind of enemy who might attack you if you show signs of weakness; it's just a guy on the street, so ...

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