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Old 02-11-08, 05:49 PM   #1
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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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Old 02-11-08, 06:24 PM   #2
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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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Old 02-11-08, 06:32 PM   #3
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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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Old 02-11-08, 08:24 PM   #4
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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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Old 02-11-08, 08:33 PM   #5
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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.
You talkin' to me?

I read regularly and post irregularly.
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Old 02-11-08, 08:58 PM   #6
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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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Old 02-11-08, 09:00 PM   #7
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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.

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Old 02-11-08, 09:02 PM   #8
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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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Old 02-11-08, 09:10 PM   #9
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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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Old 02-11-08, 09:11 PM   #10
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The lurkers could at least offer to bring some pie.
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Old 02-11-08, 09:19 PM   #11
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My name is conurejade... and I am sometimes a lurker
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Old 02-11-08, 09:47 PM   #12
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Old 02-11-08, 09:55 PM   #13
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Lurks like we have some winners!!
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Old 02-11-08, 10:04 PM   #14
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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....
Dictionary definition makes it seems a lot more negative than how it's used around BF by most.
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Old 02-11-08, 10:06 PM   #15
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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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Yup -- things are lurking up.
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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.
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
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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.
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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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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Old 02-12-08, 05:40 AM   #24
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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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