I absolutely loved the responses to this post:
I am glad there is love for lurking. I am only a lurker in some of my favorite places on the web.
Forem has always been developed in a pro-lurker capacity, but this hasn't been something I've talked a lot about.
Some design elements of community (such as public follow count) can hurt the joy of lurking by putting a bit of extra social pressure on taking part. I'm happy we've been thoughtful about some of this stuff and always encouraged healthy lurking.
To follow up on the last convo, how can communities do to encourage the right kind of participation while not socially punishing healthy lurking?