I think that one of the great advantages of the video-chat is that it minimises the risk of being misunderstood when one is trying to be humourous Emoticons are all very well but they are no substitute for real facial expressions.
I am relieved to hear that there was a problem with the zone yesterday. I had downloaded Camfrog Pro. earlier and when I got back from my gig could not get in either here or Camfrog. Knowing the weird things that can happen sometimes after downloading programmes I was very happy this morning to find everything back to normal.