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    Cyburbian beach_bum's avatar
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    What's so great/sucks about lurking

    Hi lurkers-this thread's for you!

    I'll admit it, sometimes I just don't feel witty enough or thoughtful enough to reply to a thread. After a day of working on complex land use issues and working with the public, I just don't have the will to do anything but read a thread and laugh to myself (quietly in my office ). So why do you lurk? What do you find great about lurking? What do you feel you miss out on when you lurk instead of post? Maybe a top ten in the future...let's see who comes out of the woodwork!
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    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    Hi lurkers-this thread's for you!

    I'll admit it, sometimes I just don't feel witty enough or thoughtful enough to reply to a thread. After a day of working on complex land use issues and working with the public, I just don't have the will to do anything but read a thread and laugh to myself (quietly in my office ). So why do you lurk? What do you find great about lurking? What do you feel you miss out on when you lurk instead of post? Maybe a top ten in the future...let's see who comes out of the woodwork!
    I rarely lurk but there are times when I like to have a little more anonymity. Maybe our supreme leader and his enforcers will consider a new Cyburbian+ benefit like some limited number of anonymous posts we can use for particularly witty responses.
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    I've been lurking today. I'm not feeling particularly chatty for some reason. Ok then - back to lurking
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    I lurk on threads that I don't really have anyway to relate to, or that I think will go down like the Titanic.
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    I'm lurking in the shadows right now in my trenchcoat and sunglasses.

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    I often lurk on the professional threads...and am reluctant to answer very often. I figure someone else probably knows more about it [a given planning topic] than I do
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    Even though I registerd for Cyburbia many moons ago when I was a student, I didn't visit for a long time and have just recently become an "active" member. So, I've been lurking here and there to get the lay of the land.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I often lurk on the professional threads...and am reluctant to answer very often. I figure someone else probably knows more about it [a given planning topic] than I do

    I chime in on the career development threads now and then since I feel that my recent transition from college to reality makes it a little easier for me to relate with the newbies interested in planning.

    I try my best not to add fuel to the fire on some threads and therefore just lurk, but every now and then I can't help myself. Besides, sometimes it's fun to rattle a few cages for no reason!
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    Lately, just haven't been in the posting groove. Maybe it is my holiday hangover, or the fact that i may loose my job..i dunno, plus with some of cyburbians i follow on FB, which provide a little bit more on a personal life than does here.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I often lurk on the professional threads...and am reluctant to answer very often. I figure someone else probably knows more about it [a given planning topic] than I do
    Same here, though I know for sure that others will know more about the topic. As a recent graduate, I'm just trying to soak up practical lessons like a sponge. The FAC is easier to post in, and I want to become more involved in the planning e-community.

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    Lately, just haven't been in the posting groove. Maybe it is my holiday hangover, or the fact that i may loose my job..i dunno, plus with some of cyburbians i follow on FB, which provide a little bit more on a personal life than does here.
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    Go ahead and add me to the group that lurks on the professional threads from time to time. Sometimes I don't feel as qualified on many topics, but there sure is a lot of interesting stuff on there. Like Homer, I'm more likely to participate in the career development thread so I can help other recent grads and job searchers.

    I also lurk the FAC during the workday, usually during my brief half-hour lunch, and sometimes a quick glance right when I arrive in the morning and sometimes again during that 2:30/3:00 hour. But I usually don't really have time to respond. However, if I can make a quick reply, the office is dead, or if I just can't fight the urge, I will sometimes make a few posts at work. It gives me a chance to think about the topics and formulate what I want to say when I get home at night.
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    I would not join a forum just to lurk. Belong to a few and enjoy the give and take, even tho face to face I am not that outgoing. The only non-work one I do is facebook.

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    Quote Originally posted by CPSURaf View post
    Lately, just haven't been in the posting groove. Maybe it is my holiday hangover, or the fact that i may loose my job..i dunno, plus with some of cyburbians i follow on FB, which provide a little bit more on a personal life than does here.
    What he said. Except for the job thing.

    Hope things work out for you 'Raf.

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    I lurk more and post less these days. If i dont have anything interesting to say or anything to lend to a thread, i just read and try and keep up to date. Plus much of what is discussed is North American centric, which i dont have much to contribute to anyway!

    Also facebook keeps me up to date with many cyburbians as well
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    Quote Originally posted by natski View post
    I lurk more and post less these days. If i dont have anything interesting to say or anything to lend to a thread, i just read and try and keep up to date. Plus much of what is discussed is North American centric, which i dont have much to contribute to anyway!

    Also facebook keeps me up to date with many cyburbians as well
    You should Aussieize the site some. I think we all would appreciate it.
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    As more of a lurker recently (not having a job in the planning field at the moment), I find the term "lurker" offensive. I personally prefer "creeper".

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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    As more of a lurker recently (not having a job in the planning field at the moment), I find the term "lurker" offensive. I personally prefer "creeper".

    Oh, why hello Rygor! Nice to see you around these parts.
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