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(Also known as a discussion board,
Bulletin Board System, and BBS.)

A forum is a place on the Internet where people can visit and communicate with each other. The public written exchanges can have a feel of a discussion yet they can be followed anyone else visiting the forum.

A forum is usually on a very specific topic of special interest. They are not in real time, so participants are not necessarily connected to the host computer at the same time. Messages, called "articles," can be posted at any time that is convenient. The continuous line of articles in one conversation is refered to as a "thread."

The terms discussion board, Bulletin Board System and BBS are earlier terms that use to be more commonly used in refering to a forum. They are still used by some people today.

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