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Old 08-30-2006, 05:16 AM   #4
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Default Lurkers and the really gone

Originally Posted by Mike View Post
I suspect all forums have a following of lurkers who read and learn but don't contribute. Seems to me that that's one of the benefits of a forum over real life -- you can eavesdrop without having to participate.
Yes, I am sure there are lurkers on the membership list who read threads but never participate. I am a lurker, for the most part, in some of the printing and DTP sections right here. I learn, but I don't know enough to contribute.

However, just a little looking at the members list, starting at the beginning, shows me we have members who joined over a year ago, and have never posted anything or included any information about themselves at all. Some of those members must be really gone. Sending them an email to ask them if they want to continue could reduce the size of the members list, especially if the email bounces back as invalid.

http://www.boardtracker.com is interesting, though. I found this service by clicking on their robot name, which happens to be active right now. This member never posts, being a robot, but their service is a serch engine devoted to forums and blogs. We are getting indexed, as I write this message.

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