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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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Last year, according to The Seattle Times, "after arresting the North Carolina administrator of The Playpen, a 'dark web' child-pornography internet bulletin board, agents seized the site's server and moved it to an FBI warehouse in Virginia.
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Tomohiro Kato, accused of ramming pedestrians with a truck on Sunday and then stabbing 17 bystanders in Tokyo's Akihabara district, posted a string of messages on an internet bulletin board from his mobile phone, a police spokesman said.
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Tomohiro Kato, accused of ramming pedestrians with a truck yesterday and then stabbing 17 bystanders in Tokyo's Akihabara district, is said to have posted the messages on an Internet bulletin board from his mobile phone, titled: "I will kill people in Akihabara.
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s is the largest police department in the country to operate a blog -- joining the city Fire and Animal Services departments to use the Internet bulletin board to disseminate information to the public.
The statement, which appeared Feb 7 on an Internet bulletin board that serves as a clearinghouse for messages from extremist groups, said Giuliana Sgrena, 56, would be subjected to the "rule of God", a phrase that usually means punishment by death in the lexicon of militant groups.

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