What do you call people that read message boards but dont comment?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by iOrlando, Jun 20, 2009.

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    the word is skipping my mind.....
     
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    TuffLuffJimmy

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    spectators? Guests?
     
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    Eidorian

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    Lurkers
     
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    r.j.s

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    lurkers
     
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    mooblie

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    Lurkers

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    Edit: Doh!
     
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    ah lurkers...yes Thanks
     
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    TuffLuffJimmy

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    Oh duh! :p
     
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    What?
     
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    kainjow

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    Fixed the title :)
     
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    Melrose

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    No, lurkers. Lurkers d'oh.
     
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    DoFoT9

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    i call them "readers"
     
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    fily

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

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    Scaredy Cats ;)
     
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    DoFoT9

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    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)
     
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    conch575

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    Lurkers. I was one (on here) for about 2 years before I decided to join. I think I should have joined earlier :p
     
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    Same here. I lurked for a little over a year before I joined.

    Glad that I joined. :)
     
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    DoFoT9

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

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    The Others.
     
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    John Jacob

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

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    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. :)
     
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    toolbox

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    I was a lurker too, i am glad i have joined
     
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    Grues.
     
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    sushi

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    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.
     
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    RedTomato

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    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.
     
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    Consultant

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    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.
     

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