Hey Newbie are you a legitimate peripheral participant?

We get lots of new eyeballs on Whaleoil during the election cycle and most end up staying. The vast majority of our readers remain lurkers which is an online term for people who read articles and comments but who don’t comment themselves.

If you are currently a lurker it may amuse you to know that other names for you include, browsers, read-only participants, non-public participants, legitimate peripheral participants, or vicarious learners.

One of Whaleoil’s strengths is our commenting community. We are a friendly and fun-loving bunch who are happy to chat and to joke around. If you would like to make some online friends there are two posts each day that are the place for you to go.

There is Whaleoil General Debate in the morning at 7am

And in the evening Whaleoil Backchat at 6pm.

You don’t have to stay “on topic” in those posts like you do in all the others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you haven’t tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy.

New commenters should familiarise themselves with our Commenting and Moderation rules.

If you want to dip your toes into the water of commenting these two posts are the places to try it.

It is totally okay to be a ‘legitimate peripheral participant’ or lurker but if you are keen to try commenting out, don’t be shy, come on in at 7am and then later at 6pm

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.