I was wondering, why, within such a large online community, we only see a handful of people interact with posts while others are the forum lurkers (I don't mean that in a negative way).
I used to be timid about replying to posts and I couldn't imagine starting a thread! If I saw a topic of interest I would hope someone would reply with my question/comment and I would follow the email thread to see.As I continued working in the industry I realize that sometimes my lack of knowledge is a benefit and allows me to look at a problem from a unique perspective. Moreover, I am realizing that, while I may think that I have nothing to contribute, being that I have no experience, the experience that I do have can easily be related to those who are a few years behind me!For instance, I can advise someone on how to go about getting an internship or their first job because that is something I have recently done.TLDR: My question is why are some people timid about posting/responding to threads if they have something meaningful to add? and to those that read this and think, "I would love to respond but I have nothing meaningful to add" why do you think that is so?How can we build individuals' online confidence?