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Hi, Maha. Yes, connotations do connotate. How about ‘Peeper’ instead of Lurker? As in someone hesitatingly peeping to see if the environment is safe for them. We definitely need a way of saying ‘come on in, the water’s fine’. Perhaps mandatory commenting as part of a course, or pairs or small groups giving peer assessment of each others work. I don’t like the failure word either. (although i don’t think i get it’s use as a positive outcome of learning) I would rather say ‘joint second’, even in a large group. I am not keen on the way competitive sport is pushed and promoted worldwide, giving us an accepted norm of a few glorious winners, and the majority rest losers..
Perhaps we could ask GCHQ for stats on who is lurking. Am I getting carried away?