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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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Leading third-party video game publisher Tecmo(R) announced today that they have commenced a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago against the members of an Internet message board dedicated to hacking some of the most popular video games available, including Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden(R), Dead or Alive(R) 3, Dead or Alive(R) Xtreme Beach Volleyball and Dead or Alive(R) Ultimate(TM), all available for the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft.
As a conversation unfolds among teenagers on an Internet message board, it rapidly becomes evident that this is not idle electronic chatter.
According to the court, the statements made on an Internet message board were scathing but used terms indicating that they were opinions, not facts.
The university found Saturday an Internet message board telling how to see the personal data on application forms, such as the names, addresses, and age of applicants.
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The article revealed that Scheff filed a lawsuit after a blogger called her a "crook," "con artist" and a "fraud" on an Internet message board.
He is a traitor and ALWAYS will be,'' said a post on a prominent Internet message board.
Maroney, the Company's Managing Director of Real Estate Development, will temporarily assume the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Company pending the completion of an internal review by a special committee of the Board of Directors relating to certain allegations made against Gyrodyne's Chief Executive Officer in an Internet message board.
On one Trojans Internet message board, a USC fan wrote to a ticket seeker that it didn't matter where his seats were because he could sit anywhere he wanted in the third quarter.
Notable: When the descriptions of a trick play UCLA was running in practice appeared on an Internet message board last year before the Bruins' victory over Michigan, Bruins coach Bob Toledo ceased with the school's long-standing policy and closed practice to all but the media for the rest of the season.
Rogers typed a note to her sister on an Internet message board, and a woman who called herself a ``Search Angel'' responded immediately with information about Paige.
The dispute started earlier this month when Xircom officials discovered two Internet message board postings criticizing the quality of a key Xircom product, poking fun at executives and alleging a bad work environment.

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