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iOrlando
Jun 20, 2009, 02:36 PM
the word is skipping my mind.....

TuffLuffJimmy
Jun 20, 2009, 02:38 PM
spectators? Guests?

Eidorian
Jun 20, 2009, 02:38 PM
Lurkers

r.j.s
Jun 20, 2009, 02:38 PM
lurkers

mooblie
Jun 20, 2009, 02:39 PM
Lurkers

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Edit: Doh!

iOrlando
Jun 20, 2009, 02:39 PM
ah lurkers...yes Thanks

TuffLuffJimmy
Jun 20, 2009, 02:40 PM
Lurkers

lurkers

Lurkers

Oh duh! :p

7seven7
Jun 20, 2009, 03:16 PM
What?

kainjow
Jun 20, 2009, 05:23 PM
What?

Fixed the title :)

Melrose
Jun 20, 2009, 05:35 PM
ah lurkers...yes Thanks

No, lurkers. Lurkers d'oh.

DoFoT9
Jun 20, 2009, 05:37 PM
i call them "readers"

fily
Jun 20, 2009, 05:40 PM
i call them "readers"

Yeah, I prefer to call myself a "reader" rather than a lurker.

Keniff
Jun 20, 2009, 05:45 PM
Scaredy Cats ;)

DoFoT9
Jun 20, 2009, 05:49 PM
Yeah, I prefer to call myself a "reader" rather than a lurker.

poster - reader seems to make sense.. a lurker would be somebody who looks at your profile all the time and stuff (or is that a stalker haha)

conch575
Jun 21, 2009, 04:01 AM
Lurkers. I was one (on here) for about 2 years before I decided to join. I think I should have joined earlier :P

sushi
Jun 21, 2009, 04:08 AM
Same here. I lurked for a little over a year before I joined.

Glad that I joined. :)

DoFoT9
Jun 21, 2009, 04:56 AM
Lurkers. I was one (on here) for about 2 years before I decided to join. I think I should have joined earlier :P

Same here. I lurked for a little over a year before I joined.

Glad that I joined. :)

yup same here, i would of been "reading" (:p) for about 6 months prior to joining.

theITGuy
Jun 21, 2009, 06:26 AM
The Others.

John Jacob
Jun 21, 2009, 06:49 AM
Since everybody else has already mentioned Lurkers, I'll chip in with Anonymous Cowards. :p I know, they aren't exactly the same thing.

Heilage
Jun 21, 2009, 06:52 AM
Since everybody else has already mentioned Lurkers, I'll chip in with Anonymous Cowards. :p I know, they aren't exactly the same thing.

My philosophy has always been that If I haven't got anything to contribute, it's not a real point in posting.


But thanks for proving me wrong. I'll start spamming now. :)

toolbox
Jun 21, 2009, 06:54 AM
Same here. I lurked for a little over a year before I joined.

Glad that I joined. :)

I was a lurker too, i am glad i have joined

RedTomato
Jun 21, 2009, 07:19 AM
Grues.

sushi
Jun 21, 2009, 08:30 AM
Since everybody else has already mentioned Lurkers, I'll chip in with Anonymous Cowards. :p I know, they aren't exactly the same thing.
To me they are very different.

Lurkers are those who merely read the forums but do not comment. They have a legitimate handle/name/nickname/etc.

Anonymous Cowards are individuals who read the forums and sometimes comment. However, they do not have a legitimate handle/name/nickname/etc.

Lurkers are fine with me. AC's on the other hand, seem as their name indicates. They are afraid to stand by their comments.

RedTomato
Jun 21, 2009, 08:57 AM
Every now and then there's discussion on Slashdot about making registration compulsory to post.

Rob Malda, the owner / founder of Slashdot, has stated many times that he feels AC contributions have a legitimate function.

It could be someone who is whistleblowing and cannot give a name for fear of retribution or an industry insider not wanting to risk their job, or someone posting from a repressive country.

Just though I'd lob that in.

Consultant
Jun 21, 2009, 09:22 AM
Non-noobs? =p

Better then all those people that ask extremely simple questions that are answered already if they would actually read the other threads or bother to google.

MultiM
Jun 21, 2009, 09:32 AM
I prefer "Curious". If there's nothing interesting, I don't even bother signing in. OOps! Broke my own rule.......

DiamondMac
Jun 21, 2009, 10:05 AM
Nubers

lag1090
Jun 21, 2009, 10:13 AM
I think that "lurkers" is the most appropriate term for such people.

DoFoT9
Jun 21, 2009, 10:32 AM
I prefer "Curious". If there's nothing interesting, I don't even bother signing in. OOps! Broke my own rule.......

curious could work i guess.

im constantly signed in, im always on my computer, kinda sad really..

Nubers

:confused: wth are they lol!?

sushi
Jun 23, 2009, 07:41 AM
Nubers
What's that?

Where did this term come from? Curious?

DoFoT9
Jun 23, 2009, 07:44 AM
What's that?

Where did this term come from? Curious?

oh i think i get it now.. n00b->nub->uber->nuber

haha.. makes sense to me!

c-Row
Jun 23, 2009, 09:39 AM
"PCs" :D

DiamondMac
Jun 23, 2009, 02:35 PM
What's that?

Where did this term come from? Curious?

My head? :o

sushi
Jun 24, 2009, 09:51 AM
oh i think i get it now.. n00b->nub->uber->nuber

haha.. makes sense to me!
Hmmm.... You might be right with that.

My head? :o
Now we understand! :D

duncyboy
Jun 24, 2009, 10:33 AM
Shy

mscriv
Jun 24, 2009, 01:16 PM
Forum Voyeurs.

Webster defines voyeur as:

a prying observer who is usually seeking the sordid or the scandalous

I think we can all agree that MacRumors can easily be sordid and scandalous. :D

-hh
Jun 24, 2009, 02:27 PM
Yeah, I prefer to call myself a "reader" rather than a lurker.

But since you've now posted, you no longer quality. Now you're a Poster


(you can go back to lurking now :D )


FWIW, I don't know its actual history, but I can verify that the term of "Lurker" has been around for at least a decade on USENET discussion groups, and was probably pre-Web1.0

-hh

DoFoT9
Jun 24, 2009, 06:58 PM
Hmmm.... You might be right with that.


how were you pronouncing it?? my head was saying it as in n00ber.. not nuber.. eh..

sushi
Jun 25, 2009, 07:42 AM
how were you pronouncing it?? my head was saying it as in n00ber.. not nuber.. eh..
Like rubber. :D

DoFoT9
Jun 25, 2009, 08:58 AM
Like rubber. :D

oh wow really??? you need to practice your 733+ciation man! (leet-ciation for you nubers haha).