RES: Why Lurk...

From: mktostes (
Date: Wed Apr 06 2005 - 06:29:39 PDT

I, also, like to lurk and I agree with Heather. Preferring e-mail to
googling may have several reasons. Let me try:

1. you have a feeling (or the ilusion) you belong to the community

2. you have those people enter into your life through e-mail; you feel
closer to them

3. If you ever want to reply it'll be much easier.

4. If we have to go to XMCA's page to check the discussions, you may not go
(because we're always rushing). So, even if you are not participating by
posting or even if the threads do not have a direct relation to your work,
if you do not have time to read the articles suggested or even read the
discussion carefully, you can always know what is going on, something that
wouldn't happen in my case if I had to go directly to the page. Being
forgetful as I am I would even forget to go to the page. Then I would miss
great contributions, discussions, paper people kindly share and then I save
for further reference, suggestions, etc.

5. If I checked the page or googled and some day I felt I had anything to
contribute or a question to ask, I wouldn't do that.


Karin Quast

UNICAMP - Brasil



On Apr 4, 2005 1:21 PM, <> <
<>> wrote:

In response to Mike's and others' postings about lurking.

First of all, I really don't like the term
sounds too predatory to me. And, as a lurker, I don't see
myself as carnivorous at all in my reading of other's
postings. Okay, well, maybe a little bit. It's delicious
stuff! Anyway...

I think of the XMCA list as sort of like a family reunion.
When a family gets together, there are all different kinds
of networks and relationships that become relevant as people
interact with one another. Cousins and "play cousins"
interact with each other, Aunts and Uncles, Uncles and
nephews, etc. The family reunion metaphor also throws a
dimension of temporality/spatiality in there that I think is
important. There are different generations present, and
people "living" in different places who come together at the

Many times, I envision myself as one of the "youngins"
listening to the words and stories and ideas of the four or
five or ten old folks (I mean that in the most respectful
and caring way) who I consider to be both more

But...while I'm in the circle of people listening to these
conversations, I'm also doing many other things that young
folks do, and I don't want to be disrespectful to other
people who are more thoroughly engaged in the
conversation/literature. And I don't want to appear foolish.
In "real" family reunions, there are ways to cover up what
might be construed as comments that are not quite at the
same level as that of the grown folks, but email/threaded
communication has a kind of linearity and reflective delay
embedded in it that doesn't allow for that.

So, that's my reason for not contributing more.

Take Care,



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