What Is A Forum and What Are They Used For?

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Forums, also known as Message Boards are for Internet Users to communicate with each other on a variety of subjects.

They vary on their subject matter and how they are administered. Some can be a free for all and others need to have all the messages vetted, in other words they need to be approved by the administrator before being posted.

Forums have their own language. For example, a message is called a thread and threads follow particular topics. If you were to look at one about computers, there might be a topic about operating systems. You can read all the threads or posts on that particular subject of discussion. If you can contribute to the topic, that’s great.

You don’t want to enter a topic about computers and then write your thread about organic vegetables. It’s important to follow the threads and keep your contributions to the discussion appropriate for the subject matter.

There are forums for which you have to register in order to participate. Once the administrator has approved you as a member you’ll then be required to login in order to participate in the conversations.

What do people use message boards for?

The answer to this is varied and it depends on the type you visit. Lots of people use them to get questions answered or to get help from other members.

Maybe you just want to communicate with other people who share the same interest as you. There might be forums about dog training, dating, web design, webmasters, flower arrangement and more. The mind boggles.

All you need to do is to go to your Google search field and type in ***Forums, the *** being the topic you are interested in and then click search. Go ahead and type Dog Training forums and see how many come up.

Try it again with flower arranging and you’ll find a long list.

Whatever your interest, you will no doubt find a forum in which to participate.

Using forums to ask questions is fantastic and also you look really good in the eyes of the membership if you can answer a question posed by another member. It’s about making a valuable contribution to the discussions.

Message boards and forums are not for bickering, being unkind, or pushing you agenda. Becoming a member who brings good ideas and helps by contributing value will be looked on with respect and your participation will be appreciated.

Source by Deborah Marsden

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