The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16744   Message #158540
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Jan-00 - 04:42 PM
Thread Name: Creative group
Subject: RE: Creative group
Hi - the term "lurker" has been used for years all over the Internet, with no offense intended, to indicate a "silent observer." I'm sure the use of the term started out as a joke, but this particular usage has become common. Kind of like the folk process, ya know. I suppose you could complain that it's not the "official" meaning of the word; but it's the "actual" meaning of the word within the context of the Internet. Instead of taking offense at the term or trying to change it, why not just enjoy the humor that started this usage in the first place?
-Joe Offer-