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(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-emitting regulars.

Lurking and reading the FAQ are recommended netiquette for beginners who need to learn the history and practises of the group before posting.
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To view the interaction in a chat room or online forum without participating by typing in any comments. See de-lurk.
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As they are a treacherous race, and have cherished a lurking hostility to the whites ever since one of their tribe was killed by Mr.
It was demanded by nearly all, and particularly by the most respectable inhabitants, that Roderick should no longer be permitted to violate the received rules of decorum by obtruding his own bosom serpent to the public gaze, and dragging those of decent people from their lurking places.
The unknown might be lurking there, or he might be prowling on the moor.
In the face of peril, Filipinos in conflict-stricken Libya turn to singing 'to forget the danger lurking nearby.'
Crack down on night boy racers I WOULD suggest that Arrive Alive or GoSafe vans who lurk in hidden, opportune roadside positions in order to collect revenue - sorry, in the interest of road safety - instead of pouncing on the average, moderate driver whose speed inadvertently creeps a couple of miles and hour over the limit, would do worse than to do their lurking in Llanfairpwll in the evening when the boy racers use the roads as skid pans and race tracks.
Porrino added in his statement, "If you're lurking in a chat room looking to exploit a child, our investigators are lurking alongside you."
Today, lurking is sometimes seen as stalking, and not far from trolling.
Solihull's initial free-kick was cleared but only out to Gough on the right and his cross picked out the lurking Daly who looped a header over keeper Alan Julian.
When the pub CCTV was reviewed, it showed Onions lurking around the toilet and beckoning different children towards him before he launched his sickening assault on the youngster.
ANOTHER "predatory child abuser" could be lurking at the BBC today, a leaked draft of a report into sexual abuse by broadcaster Jimmy Savile (below) warns.
A supermassive black hole lurking in the galaxy's core probably powers this cosmic beacon, Chao-Wei Tsai, an astronomer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and colleagues report in the June 1 Astrophysical Journal.