From: Nonnecke, Andrews, and Preece (2006) ´Non-public and public online community participation´ Electronic Commerce Research. (I assure you, just stumbled on this via my dissertation research on virtual communities, not through recreational reading).
No... not like dirty old men leering on the street... lurking is what the New Media academics call it when you regularly read a blog or a forum, but never post any comments. And I, of course, had to laugh...all my lovely lurkers out there - you are not deviant!!
BUT interestingly enough, they also say, ¨In general, lurkers are less optimistic and less positive than those who post.¨
As a habitual lurker myself, that made me think twice...(and decide I ought to change that)... while simultaneously concluding that Jimmy must be about as optimistic and as positive as it gets.