I didn't know squat about the game when I started lurking here. After reading tons of threads and getting addicted to the game, I had to sign up and learn more and help contribute to the community. I don't get buck wild trying to rack up a post count. But I will share my thoughts if the thread is worth it. And I can relate to many not wanting to post. For the longest time I felt like nobody on these forums gives a damn what I posted, and that it was irrelevant. But if you are going to spend the time reading, at least share your thoughts for the sake of getting them out of your head.
And as far as the guys running the site goes, they actually put in the time to keep this place a pretty concise and valuable resource. And I don't feel like it's cliquey. They just contribute...a lot...to many, many threads. So you see them regularly.
And yes, lurkers. Just start talking, start a thread with that random golf question, and come to the live chats on major Sundays. We don't bite.