I Protest!

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Registered: 07-13-2008
I Protest!
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Sat, 06-09-2012 - 2:08pm

We seem to have gotten into the habit of referring to readers who don't respond to posts as "lurkers."  Can we please not use that term?  Of course we all want to encourage people to respond more to our postings, but in my book lurker has furtive, sly--even malicious connotations and being called such a name is a downer instead.  I often check the board and read new posts without responding.  Sometimes I copy poems so I can read them over several times and gather my thoughts about them.  Yes, I may take too long to get back, but that makes me a shirker, not a lurker, right?

Jackie

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Registered: 12-15-2004
In reply to: adetelyu
Sun, 06-10-2012 - 11:27am

Heck Jackie!  Does this term really bother you that much? To the best of my knowledge it has been used in this context since I first started to surf the net, and probably long before that.  One online dictionary I have consulted describes it as "One who reads e-mails in chat rooms and never answers them", I guess the operative word is 'never'.   However, it does have all the connotations you mention, and e-mails are not so old as to warrant exclusivity to this word.

In MHO, I do not find it objectionable when used in this form, indeed, I find myself lurking on other boards where I have no intention of getting involved and I do not consider myself to be furtive, sly or malicious.

 

 

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Registered: 06-13-1999
In reply to: adetelyu
Sun, 06-10-2012 - 9:25pm
Like Raymond, I've never found the term offensive, but since it bothers you, I'll opt for discontinuing. Is there another term?
"It is with a strange malice / That I distort the world." -- from The Weeping Burgher by Wallace Stevens
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Registered: 07-15-2000
In reply to: adetelyu
Sun, 06-10-2012 - 10:25pm

Jackie,

I don't have any objection to the term lurker (makes me think of a peeping tom), however lurkers may object--don't know we never hear from them.  It is amazing to me how many people do read what is posted, but we very seldom hear from them.  Maybe we could call them our mysterious audience, our phantam audience .  As for those of us who do respond, I think practicing patients is called for, because sometimes it takes time to process what we have read, especially when a c/p has been asked for.  And there are times, at least for me, I like what I have read, I may not understand the poem or have any suggestions,  and would like to just say "I really like this", but I have also heard people complain about responses like that too. 

P.S.

So to all of you lurkers out there, let us hear from you!

Poetry contains almost all you need to know about life

--Josephine Hart

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Registered: 10-19-1998
In reply to: adetelyu
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 8:34pm

I have nothing against the term and how it is used her on PW. To me it doesn't portray anything evil...just someone who for the most part just reads rather than posts. If another more suitable word is more comfortable for you, I'd be happy to use it instead.