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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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Appointing an agent as CEO, Charles Green pre-selling his shares to a convicted fraudster, a director going incognito (but not incognito enough) on a messageboard and an inquiry conducted by a company with links to, er, the subject of the inquiry.
Mr Curtis, who has since posted a warning on the messageboard, said: "I asked whether there had been any complaints about my messageboard and he said none whatsoever.
On the BBC messageboard, Jordan Rowland said: "The dubbing on of the audience noise during that programme was ridiculous.
But messageboard contributors raised fears over the financial status of Blues' owners months after Birmingham International Holdings had warned they could be at risk of collapse due to excessive liabilities of around pounds 35 million.
But messageboard contributors raised fears over the financial status of Blues' owners, months after Birmingham International Holdings had warned they could be at risk of collapse due to excessive liabilities of around pounds 35 million.
RICHARD FOSTER insists he will ignore the messageboard morons who claim he's no longer welcome at Aberdeen.
Recently, Bobby Zamora seemingly cocked a snook at fans on a Fulham messageboard who had suggested that he was a load of rubbish and didn't score enough goals.
I'm upset people have slagged off my single on an Internet messageboard.
A collaborative workgroup application, Opinionator, combines group file sharing with a unique messageboard functionality to consolidate feedback, suggestions and comments.
The thing that upsets hacks most though is that these messageboard scribblers are able to post all this stuff safe in the knowledge no one knows who the hell they are.
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Why not use the special Shortpoints messageboard at www.