I agree with John and Bob Braden on this. We shouldn't worry about
people who lurk for a few meetings and then participate, or people who
lurk in some WGs and participate in others. We *should* worry about people
who come to the IETF once and never come back - because they probably came
to the wrong meeting, and went home unhappy.
John Beck wrote:
Keith> I honestly don't know how many of the 'lurkers' in any particular room
Keith> are actively participating in some WG versus how many are lurking in
Keith> all of them. but I do know that a large number of lurkers is harmful
Keith> to a WG's ability to conduct a useful meeting.
How so? If they're just lurking, the only harm I could see is taking up
space in the room. I started out more or less lurking, mainly just to make
sure people didn't try to do something stupid in my areas of interest. But
gradually over time I found I was able to participate at a more meaningful
level. So lurking can be a Good Thing, from a certain point of view.