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Students in this study also expressed that they came back to read posts on online course discussion boards in order to check whether others had responded to their posts or to review a previous concept.
One reason lurkers lurk is the need to learn more about the group.
The bulletin boards were accessed through a single phone line that users would call to upload files and post comments to share with the community.
Lurkers can also develop stores of valuable knowledge as they lurk which may be helpful later should they decide to contribute.The word referred to someone who would hide in concealment, often for an evil purpose.In the mid-1980s, the word started to be applied to the internet when bulletin board systems became popular.In interviews, lurkers claim a lack of understanding of the community as a reason for not posting.Lurkers learn more about the individuals in the group, the dialogue styles, and the implicit norms and explicit policies.