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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."

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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.
    Everybody hears what they want to hear and if they don't they pretend that they do.

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