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Follow Conversations Closely

If you are actively involved in an online group, you will probably want to follow the conversations closely. You can do this by reading the emails as they come in, but in busy online groups, it is often easier to follow them via the web.

  1. Follow a Conversation Using Email
  2. Follow a Conversation via the Web

Follow a Conversation Using Email

As soon as a post is added to the group, LURK can send the full text of the post to you as an email message. The subject line contains the group name and the topic title, while the body of the email message contains the full text of the post.

Advantages

  1. You will be notified as soon as a post has been added to the group.
  2. You can read the full text of a post directly in your email, without needing to visit the website.

Disadvantages

  1. You may receive more email messages than you would like.

Follow a Conversation via the Web

When there are a lot of posts, it is easier to turn off email and follow conversations on the website instead. Posts on LURK are organized into topics. Each topic is a readable sequence of messages, making it possible to follow several conversations even when they are occurring simultaneously.

Advantages

  1. You will not receive a lot of email.
  2. You do not have to manage a lot of stored email.

Disadvantages

  1. You are not notified of new messages via email.