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lurk

slang To peruse or frequent an online community, such as a forum, message board, or comment section, without leaving a comment or post of one's own. I've been lurking on this site since the early 2000s, but recently I've felt motivated to contribute some of my own writing. There are a vocal minority on here who will shout down dissenting opinions, but I think most of the people lurking on our site are actually pretty tolerant and reasonable.

lurk around

To move or hang about (some place) in a suspicious, sneaking, or slinking manner. I had this horrible feeling someone was lurking around outside our house, so I called the police. This is the second time this month I've seen that guy lurking around—does anyone know who he is?
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lurk around

to slink or sneak around somewhere. Who is that guy lurking around the building? Stop lurking around.
See also: around, lurk
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lurk

in. to read computer newsgroups or forums without ever making a comment. I’ve been lurking for a few weeks but just have to get in a few comments.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The following sections contain a short discussion of lurking and an introduction to the notion of the conceptual persona.
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