Lurkers and lurking

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A guide to lurkers.

In Internet culture, a lurker is typically a member of an online community who observes, but does not participate. The exact definition depends on context. Lurkers make up a large proportion of all users in online communities. Lurking allows users to learn the conventions of an online community before they participate, improving their socialization when they eventually “de-lurk”. However, a lack of social contact while lurking sometimes causes loneliness or apathy among lurkers.

Lurkers are referred to using many names, including browsers, read-only participants, non-public participants, legitimate peripheral participants, vicarious learners, or sleepers

Source: Wikipedia: Lurker - Wikipedia

Lurkers are members who tend not to interact. Their habits are one of observing.

Lurkers are often not given enough credit. Often they do the unmeasurable work behind the scenes. They learn from the outputs of community, share them discreetly, or even better implement them in the real world.

We should see them as real people who don’t have the time or energy to participate visibly in our community, but we should still find ways to connect and keep them informed.

Lurkers are people too


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Thank you for emphasizing this. In particular, the lack of energy is relatable.

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