An online forum is a great place to discuss any particular topic with the like-minded people. These forums are internet-based group communities where you can start a discussion, or get an answer of your query or even search for new business prospects. These forums allow you to register with them and after that you can look into the answers to various questions written by others or you yourself can answer the questions. Almost every website these days has a small forum integrated in their own websites.
An online forum, or a message board, is a public place where you can drop any message, or discuss about any particular topic. In this article, we are going to discuss more about the public forums which are quite common and high in popularity.
Reddit − Reddit is a social news collection of web content along with ratings, and the discussion forum website. Reddit’s registered community members can submit the content on various topics in the form of text posts or direct links. The registered users can then vote submissions up or down to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. The submissions with the most positive votes appear on the front page or the top of a category. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits”. The subreddit topics include news, science, gaming, movies, music, books, fitness, food, and image-sharing, among many others.
Stack Overflow − Stack Overflow is a quite popular question and answers based website for any type of computer programming related queries. It allows the access to both registered and guest users. The users can ask or answer the questions and can discuss various alternate answers. The users of stack overflow can earn reputation points and badges on the basis of positive and negative votes received on the answers.
Quora − Quora is a question and answer community where users can ask any logical and absurd question in the forum. Users can collaborate by editing questions and suggesting edits to other users’ answers. The website was made available in 2010 and slowly making its charm all around. It is one of the most popular website.
India-Forums − IndiaForums is one of the biggest discussion forums. It was started in December 2003 and since then, making waves with the television viewers across the globe. The users can discuss on various television serials and provide their views. India-Forums started as television discussion forum has branched out to several other sections like Bollywood, Celebrity Interview, Internet Radio, Fan Clubs, Debate Mansion, Sports, Books Talk, Fashion News update and Gizmo Talks.
Yahoo Groups − In Yahoo Groups, people can collaborate and discuss on various topics under varied categories. The other users can give positive and negative vote on various answers. The guest users can see the answers but to answer the questions, the users need to be registered with Yahoo!
Google Answers − Google Answers was active in 2002 till 2006. Currently, it is not accepting any new questions but you can still browse through the already posted questions. It was quite popular and for a good answer, a user/client can leave a tip till $100 for someone who has given an accurate answer. It is closed down in December 2006, but the archives are still available.
Something Awful − Something Awful, also known as SA, is a comedy website accommodation a variety of web content, that includes blog entries, forums, feature articles, digitally edited pictures, and humorous media reviews. It is a big contributor for trending the internet culture.
Askubuntu − Askubuntu is again a question and answers website to handle all the queries related to uBuntu operating system. It works in a similar manner as stack overflow and is part of the same. Members gain reputation based on the community’s response to their questions and answers. Reputation signifies trust for users in the answers they give. Privileges are given based on reputation levels, with users with the highest reputation having similar privileges to moderators.
TripAdvisor − For travel lovers, TripAdvisor is a forum where the users can ask travel-related queries. They can also check the reviews of the hotels, locations and travel options. The users can discuss, or post the comments, take precautions and can give suggestions along with the real pictures to give good information.
Experts-Exchange − Experts Exchange is a paid web portal where the users can post their technology related questions and expect the answers. The skilled members of the forum are quite efficient in responding to the queries giving quite accurate answers to their queries. It allows you to network and collaborate with Technical experts. It gives the users a 30-day trial access and the paid account.
There are many more forums available to get the answers for your queries, or to just discuss on your favourite topic. We have just covered few of the online forums. There are multiple more forums available. The purpose of being in online forum is to collaborate, discuss and interact with the like minded people across the world.