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lurker

noun metaphor
Someone who reads posts on a forum regularly, but probably doesn't have an actual account and never posts anything themselves. A lurker traditionally is someone that hides in the background and is not easily perceived. This meaning was applied metaphorically to these non-contributors because they are there, but no one knows it. The main difference is that historically, the word lurker had a slightly negative connotation, while as a neologism it is essentially neutral.
 
I really like that forum, but I'm only a lurker because I don't know enough about it to post yet.
Etymology : from "lurk": Middle English "lurken"
Source : friend, January 2010
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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