Rather than 'hiding
, I think it would be better to associate it with eavesdropping
. There are various methods of lurking. Specifically to IRC
, you can lurk off channel
channel. Using the +i mode
, you can be invisible
to all but server operator
s while you sit in *, which means to say you'll not have joined any channel. Nobody will be aware of your presence online
unless you specifically chat
ted to them. In this way you avoid most online friend
s but chat only to the ones you really want to chat to. To lurk on channel is much less surreptitious
, since you can be seen, but you remain quiet
say hello in greeting
back somebody who greets you on the channel.
You can also do it in ICQ by changing to Private status, or even lurk for a while on E2 before your nick is shown in the Other Users box. Heck, you can lurk pretty much on any online chat system on which the status of members or users can be viewed and/or hidden.