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Internet forum

A website that provides an online exchange of information between people about a particular topic. It provides a venue for questions and answers and may be monitored to keep the content appropriate. Also called a "discussion board" or "discussion group," an Internet forum is similar to an Internet newsgroup (see below), but uses the Web browser for access. Before the Web, text-only forums were common on bulletin boards and proprietary online services. However, Internet forums include all the extras people expect from the Web, including images, videos, downloads and links, sometimes functioning as a mini-portal on the topic.

Forums can be entirely anonymous or require registration with username and password. Messages may be displayed in chronological order of posting or in question-answer order where all related answers are displayed under the question (see message thread).

Forums/Newsgroups Vs. Chat Rooms
Forums are like Usenet "newsgroups," the original Internet discussion groups, and both systems keep postings online for some period of time. Users can scroll back in time and do not have to be logged in the moment they are posted. In contrast, chat rooms are interactive, real-time sessions, and users must be present to read them. See newsgroup and chat room.

Turn a Site into a Forum
There is a variety of forum creation software for the Web, typically written in Java, PHP, Perl or ASP. The software can be used to create forum-only sites or to add a discussion section to any Web page. See Google Groups.
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CastingConnection offers an open discussion forum with a document library, announcements and dedicated discussion forums for committees and special interest groups.
An online discussion forum can be explained in simple terms as "a virtual learning environment in which students are likely to leam as much from one another as from course materials or lectures" (Thomas 2002, p.
Islamabad -- About 72 per cent of Pakistan's population is connected to mobile phones and only 12 per cent has a bank account, said Hammad Rabbani of Waseela Bank while addressing a recently held discussion forum organised by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) here.
0 environment with all the functionality of a traditional, feature-rich discussion forum.
In an online discussion forum, the cognition, affection, and social status of users are classified as personal influences; the actions performed by users are classified as behavioral influences; and the content of the discussion and social network of the forum users are classified as environmental influences.
The first discussion forum will take place on Thursday at the Businessmen Hall of the Capital Market Authority (CMA) building.
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Communications Officer Kate Cubbage said: "Many people who use the discussion forum enjoy the fact that they can share their experience with people who understand what they are going through.
While this study did not undermine the importance of socialization and learning, it did indicate that an online discussion forum dedicated only to socialization of students might not be a necessity.
In Tuesday morning's (May 12) New York Dally News, Menachem Rosensaft asked why MSNBC political commentator Pat Buchanan's web site hosted a discussion forum for Holocaust deniers.
Consequently, the asynchronous discussion forum must be specifically analyzed in order to enable the asynchronous discussion to be as (or more) effective as the traditional face-to-face-discussion if high levels of learning are to take place--some of the benefits of the asynchronous discussion that may make it more effective than the traditional face-to-face discussion are that it allows those people who need more time to participate to contribute to a discussion, a discussion participant cannot be "cut off", and there is a transcript of the discussion for study purposes after the discussion takes place.
To share your opinion and learn what other city officials and staff have to say, post your response on the new monthly discussion forum of NLC's Building Equitable Cities Community of Practice website at http://nlc.