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Is there a term for a person who always shows up as online in a given forum (your IM friends list, an online game, etc.) but who's never actually there - someone who just stays logged into a forum all the time, even when they're away from their computer?

I'm guessing it would be the opposite of a troll (someone who lurks until given an opportunity to appear and be nasty to someone), but what's that?


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May. 23rd, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Llort? Or I suppose a more English-appearing spelling would be Lort. :)
May. 23rd, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
I've seen those kinds of folks called lurkers on mailing lists and IRC channels.
May. 23rd, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
But "lurker" has always connoted someone who, at least occasionally, participates in said forums. I'm thinking of people like my sister who got a Skype account and leaves herself logged in 24/7, but is NEVER THERE. There's a good chance she doesn't even know she's logged in!

May. 23rd, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
yeah, i always understood that lurker was someone who really was there even though they didn't appear to be, the opposite of someone who appears to be there but isn't.
May. 23rd, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
The term for those who don't even realize they are logged in is "luser".
May. 23rd, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
I've always referred to those as ghosts. They're not really there, so...
May. 23rd, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
You're not going to go all Human Stain on me, are you?
May. 23rd, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
No! Not at all. Heh. No, really, it hadn't even occurred to me.
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