The lurkers outnumber the vocal minority in every online group I’m part of. Indeed many of the same names turn up in multiple forums so the vocal minority is probably even smaller than it might appear.
I don’t have a problem with that, providing chatterboxes like me are supportive and welcoming to those not naturally so, when they do choose to contribute.
I try always to remember,”If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing!”
I spend much of my online forum time on the Pendraken forum. It is friendly, helpful, supportive … and at times completely wacky! TWW often feels to me like a more sober version of the same kind. Which is a good thing, in case there’s any doubt.
Hard though it may be for those who know me in real life to believe I’m actually quite shy. I cope with it by talking a lot. Somewhere in first year at uni it’s as though I suddenly realised that people can’t criticize you if they can’t get a word in edgeways!!
My experience of lurkers suggests you can’t make them talk but you can make them so uncomfortable they leave.
So, here’s to making the lurkers comfortable 🙂
- This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by Mike Headden.
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