<messaging, jargon> The activity of one of the "silent majority" in a electronic forum such as Usenet
; posting occasionally or not at all but reading the group's postings regularly.
This term is not pejorative and indeed is casually used reflexively: "Oh, I'm just lurking".
Often used in "the lurkers", the hypothetical audience for the group's flamage
Lurking and reading the FAQ
are recommended netiquette
for beginners who need to learn the history and practises of the group before posting.