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    Lurkers

    I must have too much time on my hands tonight....

    Does anybody else check at the bottom of the forum to see who's on at any given time? Seems like a lot of lurkers. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
    I usually check in here three or four times a day, but don't often post. I guess it's hard to keep up with the wit around here! I do get a lot of useful information, though.

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    I've noticed those lists but never looked at them. Until now.

    lurking:
    1. To lie in wait, as in ambush.
    2. To move furtively; sneak.
    3. To exist unobserved or unsuspected.

    Raise your hand if you fit the definition.

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    If you don't want folks to know you are lurking, you can set your default to "private."
    Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone

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    I didn't mean "lurker" in a negative sense....it's more of what I thought of as someone looking around but not necessarily contributing. Even that sounds negative, and it's still not what I was trying to get at. How about "visiting"? Could be members who are just reading posts and not responding or joining in.
    Like I said, I must have too much time on my hands tonight....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    I've noticed those lists but never looked at them. Until now.

    lurking:
    1. To lie in wait, as in ambush.
    2. To move furtively; sneak.
    3. To exist unobserved or unsuspected.

    Raise your hand if you fit the definition.
    You talkin' to me?

    I read regularly and post irregularly.

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    It could be that someone is checking out what has been written and may not feel a need to post, or, maybe, thought there might be a conversation to engage, and then, after reading the posts, did not see a fit at the moment...plus, I always thought of a lurker as someone who was not a registered member and was looking through posts for, what could be, a variety of reasons.

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    hey I just read that BF now has 100,000 registered users.

    I can see why some people may not like posting. You just never know what you'll get...it can be a surprise, both good and bad.
    Last edited by alicestrong; 02-11-08 at 08:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post



    Raise your hand if you fit the definition.
    I'm raising my hand, can ya see me wavin'?
    I'm not 50+ yet, so I'll go back to lurking.

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    i'm still startin out and i like to read as much as possible before throwing my .02 in so that i don't look like a complete fool.
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    The lurkers could at least offer to bring some pie.
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    My name is conurejade... and I am sometimes a lurker

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    I am a curious lurker...
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    Lurks like we have some winners!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geofitz13 View Post
    I didn't mean "lurker" in a negative sense....it's more of what I thought of as someone looking around but not necessarily contributing. Even that sounds negative, and it's still not what I was trying to get at. How about "visiting"? Could be members who are just reading posts and not responding or joining in.
    Like I said, I must have too much time on my hands tonight....
    Dictionary definition makes it seems a lot more negative than how it's used around BF by most.

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    As Seen On The Internet: "Hidden dangers can lurk in holiday meals ... Then, of course the pie -- creamy pumpkin pie with a flaky crust and dollops of whipped cream. ...".
    (googled Lurk Pie)

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    I'll bet some of those names probably have just kept a window open on their machines and aren't really there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Lurks like we have some winners!!

    Yup -- things are lurking up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hob684 View Post
    i'm still startin out and i like to read as much as possible before throwing my .02 in so that i don't look like a complete fool.
    you won't...others have already blazed that trail

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    I look down at that line most nights when it is after 1 AM CST. Many times I'm the only registered user around, and am frequently one of only 3 or 4 (mostly from California), but there will almost always be some lurkers around.
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    I "lurk" because by the time I actually get to read any of the posts, everything that should/could be said (and maybe some things that shouldn't) has already been said. As a conservative Christian I generally need to keep a low profile anyway in the BF
    As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hob684 View Post
    i'm still startin out and i like to read as much as possible before throwing my .02 in so that i don't look like a complete fool.
    Why don't you want to look like a complete fool. We embrace and love our complete fools.

    I, for one, can certainly feel the love.

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    well i'm pretty much used to it now.... but Road Bikes forum doesn't take kindly to strangers.


    *also, wouldn't Google spider bots attribute to a good portion of the lurker number?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandwarrior View Post
    I "lurk" because by the time I actually get to read any of the posts, everything that should/could be said (and maybe some things that shouldn't) has already been said. As a conservative Christian I generally need to keep a low profile anyway in the BF
    Since you opened the door, now I've got to know.

    As a conservative Christian, what's the story behind the "Sandwarrier screen name and avitar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hob684 View Post
    well i'm pretty much used to it now.... but Road Bikes forum doesn't take kindly to strangers.
    I don't know about strangers, but they certainly tolerate their share of complete fools.

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    What happens when you invoke invisable mode on your profile options?

    Now who's bringing the pie.

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