Lurkers: A chance to say “hello?”

This post is just curious to see who it is that reads this blog. According to our stats, we get about 1000 readers per day, half of which are from the Vancouver (presumably the UBC area). Anyway, turns out that in the blogging world, folks who read but don’t actively participate (via comments) in blogs are known as “lurkers.”

Well, here is an open thread for those who might not normally leave a comment to do so – as in “Hi, my name is Dave, I’m a prof at UBC. This website rocks (or sucks).”

For those of you, who haven’t done this before, and have balked at the idea of having to leave your email address to comment (it’s a security measure to guard against spam), note that the email address always remains hidden from public view, and if you’re really paranoid about such things, you could always leave a fake one.

Anyway, de-lurk away.

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at