Apologies for the rant. I've managed to determine a system whereby English members of the /. community can be discovered. If there's a funny comment, and it's been modded flamebait or troll, then this almost certainly means that a British poster has been modded down by an American moderator.
Now I'm not trying to incite a flamewar, or mock the American people, but please, moderators; if you see something you don't understand, don't just mod it down, consider whether it's ironic or sarcastic.
Maybe in this, the 20th year of the smiley :-), we should come up with a system to designate British humour. I hereby announce the UK smiley (also known as the ironicon) £:-).