Internet forum

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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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This team, later dubbed the Airman Innovation Operations Center (AIOC), decided to use the AF Portal, Facebook, and a group discussion board as the transmission vehicles for ideas.
Some students, who were more comfortable with lecture-oriented classes, were initially confused, as noted in the following group discussion board comment, early in the semester:
Another group discussion board exchange illustrates the evolution of the group as two students discuss peer review midway through the semester:
To enter the discussion follow the Group Discussion Board link and enter the Case Study #1 forum.
Each node in an interaction map represents a message posted to the group discussion board.
Unlike the other groups, Team 3 did not create a group discussion board, rather, all members contributed to a single document directly.
Team 5 used the group discussion board, while Team 3 only created a single-shared document to articulate their ideas and responsibilities.
Merrill e-Collaborate has an online group discussion board where users can offer their comments and post draft documents.
0 also allows instructors to form student Learning groups and set up private group discussion boards and chat rooms for these students.
Instructors can easily set up private group discussion boards and chat rooms when they set up a group, just by pointing and clicking.