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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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After a few wild guesses, the forumite known as 'lozzasdream' seemed particularly well-informed and keen on a double any other colour (barring blue, black, white or red) and hair up at the quoted (for fun) 10-1 and 8-11.
Being a big-head tends to bring its own punishments, as Betfair forumite Chompy found out after posting a thread calling his fellow bettors "slow coaches" after managing to bag pounds 80 at 16 about impressive Salisbury winner Sakhee's Secret for the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.
when you get people putting up nonsense like this" (that is questioning his integrity) "they are hitting well below the belt and such posts should be taken down, with the forumite being asked by Betfair to think twice before doing anything similar in future.
The trick is fiddly, but devastatingly lucrative as forumite 5*dealhunter found: "Got the 5* Renaissance Barcelona Hotel for PS59 a night for 3 nights instead of PS310.
If Big Buck's doesn't succeed, the reaction of all bar the odd betting shop nutter and twisted internet forumite would be to see his defeat in the light of a tendon injury, a 420-day absence from the racecourse and the fact the champion is now 11 years old, rather than put it down to Jacob's presence in the saddle.
As my user forumite Bigdaddy1210 says: "Got a brilliant deal following your tips using for a four-day break - it's costing just over PS40 instead of PS115.
As my user forumite Bigdaddy1210 says: "Got Slash the cost of airport parking PUBLIC transport usually wins, but not always, especially for families/groups.
As my user forumite Bigdaddy1210 says: "Got a brilliant deal following your tips using for a four-day break - it's Slash the cost of airport parking PUBLIC transport usually wins, but not always, especially for families/groups.
Here's a recent example of how well this can work: Forumite ELFY: "My Orange contract was up, so I asked what they could do for me.
We have lost a passionate forumite, Arsenal supporter, engineer, web designer, physicist and above all a friend and a brother," said one poster.
FORUMITE conspiracy theorists everywhere have received a massive boost, with the coverage earlier this month of the online poker cheating scandal by America's flagship current affairs TV show 60 Minutes.
JAMIE SPENCER is one of the favourite whipping boys on the Betfair forum, and he was again the target of forumite vitriol after his ride on Matsunosuke in the 5f handicap at Folkestone yesterday.