I used to be certain but now, I am not. At least, for one aspect.
Here’s my situation: over the years, I have developed a supposed skill for sarcasm. I usually brandish it when I’m with actual friends. Back then, it was funny and entertaining. Plus it was said to be very tolerable and contained because I only did it offline. But, according to reactions, my dark gift has translated itself online. And it has done so with such a smooth and strange manner that people—friends and strangers alike—can no longer tell the difference if I am being sarcastic or actually appreciative or enthusiastic. I end having to reassure them of things I usually did not have to.
According to my “victims” especially my best friend, it’s easier for them to tell whether I am being sarcastic when I am there in person. They could read it in my face, hear it in my tone, and see the way my whole body acts. Online, it’s a whole other story that’s very difficult to interpret.
Note though that this is just one aspect of me.
For any other time or aspect, whether it is in person or online, I don’t have to reassure anyone of anything or restate my declarations or take back what I just said. I’m not the boy who cried wolf yet I could feel the anger of the village, so I have to tell them that there really isn’t any. And I have to repeat myself many times to keep anyone from being upset when I never really said anything upsetting at all.
Which is why I now believe that the sarcasm punctuation mark would be of great use to me.