Joined: 06 Oct 2007
Location: Channahon, IL, USA
|Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:22 am Post subject: Are you a Lurker?
In Internet culture, a lurker is a person who reads discussions on a message board, newsgroup, chatroom, file sharing or other interactive system, but rarely or never participates actively. Research indicates that "lurkers make up over 90% of online groups" (Nonnecke & Preece 2000). Lack of trust represents one of the reasons explaining lurking behavior (Ridings, Gefen & Arinze 2006).
Folks, It's OK to be a "lurker". Kind of a funny name, isn't it
It's great to see so many people are reading the forum posts. If you only want to read, then that's just fine by us. Come by and visit us as often as you like.
I know many of you may have never posted on an online forum before. That's OK. That's true of everyone until they make that very first post.
I want to encourage everyone to post if they want to. I know there are some forums on the net that may be kind of scary and intimidating. Not here. If you've been reading our forum for a while, you'll know by now how nice everyone here is.
Fortunately, the "old time radio" hobby doesn't attract the kind of people who like to be nasty online. But it does attract people who still hold old time values, like "kindness to others" and "lend a helping hand". We love to help out people with questions about old time radio when we can. And it's always fun to discuss our favorite shows or learn of new ones we may have missed.
Do you have a favorite series you'd like to tell others about? Have you heard a really good show that someone else may enjoy? Go ahead and share your suggestions and opinions. No one will make fun of you or be mean to you. That just doesn't happen around here.
And don't worry about making a mistake. You can check your post before you submit it. If it looks OK, just click the button and you're done. Simple as pie. If you post to the wrong category, it's really not a big deal. Just have fun and enjoy your conversation with the other forum members.
So, if you want to, go ahead and click the "register" link at the top of the page, get a free forum account and make your first post today. And if you don't have anything to talk about, that's OK. Just introduce yourself and say hi. Give it a try. It's fun and it's a great way to meet new friends that are interested in the same hobby.
P.S. We absolutely NEVER give out your email address to anyone. And we NEVER send you any kind of junk mail or bother you in any way, if you join our forum. I promise.
Hope to hear from you soon,
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