Discussion forums allow people to communicate about various topics by posting messages and replies to messages under the heading of a particular topic on the Internet or an intranet.
a bulletin board to which readers can post comments by e-mail
a database that stores, sorts, organizes and manages messages submitted by participants as contributions to ongoing discussions
a mailing list with which anyone subscribed to the list can send messages to everyone else subscribed to the list
a much more suitable place (in practice) for a "Topic
an interactive web site that lets site visitors discuss topics by reading articles that have been posted, replying to articles, and posting new ones
a non-real-time chat room where groups of people exchange messages in an asynchronous style
a place on the web where people can exchange messages of common interest
a place to post questions and/or answer other message posts
A conference area on a website where users can post messages giving information on any subject, such as product releases and industry developments. information sheets: Using the Internet as a virtual community related index entries: VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
can be defined by the process and the roles. As a process it allows a participant to submit information in the form of a post on a given topic. Their post may be responded to, or in fact could be a response to another participants post. The series of posts is called a thread, with a separate thread provided for each topic. The three key roles are the participant who makes the posts, the moderator who sets and enforces the established rules and etiquette, and the host who actually provides the infrastructure for the discussion board.
A group of posts grouped by topic.
An area online focused on a specific topic where users can read and add or "post" comments ("post" in the sense of posting something on a bulletin board). You can find discussion groups, also referred to as "discussion boards," for almost any topic.