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Old 06-08-14, 04:07 PM
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Why are there so many lurkers?

Has anyone noticed the disproportionate amount of "views" vs. "comments" in most of these threads? One I just saw was 255 views to 6 comments.
Aren't we here to help each other with legitimate questions and provide valuable insight from our own experiences?
I have no one in my life who A. understands what I am going through or B. I trust enough to even discuss it with. Maybe 4 people know.
I look to others like you to provide a little insight to questions as I'm sure others who post questions do as well.
And of course, we should talk to our doctors, but I see her once a month..what if I have a question on a random Wednesday night?

Here's hoping to more of a community feel.....
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Old 06-08-14, 07:08 PM
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

Hi RMG046,

Welcome to ADDF.

I think I'd tend to call these lookers-but-not-posters "lurkers" rather than "trolls". "Trolls" are those people who post provocative things just to stir the pot; "lurkers" are people who read but stay behind the scenes and don't say anything.

Remember that there are many people who stumble upon ADDF via search engines, who aren't actually members and thus don't post replies.

There are others who are members who might want to add something, but don't know what to say, or have to run off to an appointment, or make dinner, or get distracted...

And then there are those who read the post but really don't have anything to add.

So don't make too much of the number of views vs. posts -- it says very little about how many people care.
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Old 06-08-14, 07:16 PM
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

Some of those lurkers are probably web-spiders or web-crawlers that copy and index web pages.
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

Ok, fair enough. Lurkers it is.
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

I only lurked for a couple of days, just long enough to get a feel for the forum and determine it was what I'd been looking for, then I joined!
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

Why there are so many lurkers vs posters:
Many people are ashamed of their adhd or are afraid to join a forum. Many people just google a question and end up here.
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Old 06-09-14, 11:20 AM
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

Not every person looking at a thread has something to contribute. Lots of people read threads that ask questions similar to the ones they have so they can get help for themselves. That was my experience when I first started. I decided to join and post; that's what works for me.

I hope people who are able to contribute do so, but I hope even for those who don't find something helpful here.
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

That's a good point, Ms.Mango.

Also, I click on a thread if I'm not sure what it's about from the thread title.
If it turns out to be something I don't have much to say about, I click away.
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

I didn't read this thread.. I wasn't here.. just a number!
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

One explanation is that there are millions of ADHD sufferers out there who are undiagnosed. They know there is something different about them, but not sure what. That's how I figured out I had ADHD. I googled my symptoms and some posts from this forum came up. People aren't sure if they are ADHD so they are searching for and answer and reading about other peoples' experiences.
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

because people the people viewing these threads are ADHD and don't have the patience to comment or get a sign in, or they forgot their password. I still don't know what mine is.
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

Simple...

Lurkers = Shy & Curious

Trolls = Unpleasant Meanies

u r welcome

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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

I often lurk just to see what's happening but don't always feel like posting something, maybe because I don't know, have little time or just don't feel like typing. My moods change. That goes for any forum I visit, not just here. Same for facebork too. I also procrastinate with replies to messages or notifications. That would be the ADHD I guess.

I almost didn't post this.
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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

Namazu....LOL

Wasn't trying to discriminate

Semantics

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Re: Why are there so many lurkers?

I have been been lurking. I was diagnosed by my therapist with ADD inattentive type, but had not officially gone through a psychological evaluation. Now I have, and today was my first day of meds (I step up a little every 4 days...). I've read quite a bit, but am usually not a sharer -- I really don't know a lot to feel like I can contribute at this point.

Thanks for letting me lurk. It really helped me figure out the right questions to ask my psychiatrist and psychologists!
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