I was influenced by the smiley face. If one were to disapprovingly joke about this problem it might have gone "
how pathetic is it that these numbers give the impression that the NYPD could improve their accuracy by imagining aiming at their significant others?"
In any case, this is more detail than I hoped to go into. I just think whether ironic or not, no joke about partner violence is funny.
A simple guide to etiquette or ethics is to imagine what would happen if your joke or experimental design were suddenly revealed to all parties. For example, if you designed an experiment that entailed secretly peeking at people's mail, for whatever cause, and imagined yourself being caught, you'd imagine you'd feel sheepish or embrassed and that's your clue the research is too nosy. Well what if one had to read the joke at a support group for battered women? Or to any woman given the high incidence of partner violence?
I am by no means trying to stifle free expression, just expressing myself freely in the hopes of encouraging the direction of future free speech--and indicating that I know several women at my dojo that would not feel comfortable reading the above joke.
Now, I know we all run the risk of offending whenever we post, and know that *I* certainly have. Lastly I apologize for getting a bit off topic here. Perhaps posting etiquette ought to be its own tough issue.