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By Derek Schauland Contributor ·
After bouncing around this and other forums on the huge and expansive Internet, I thought it might be fun to do a bit of research on the topic of forums.

Is there a best way to use a forum or is that purely a preference thing?

Where does a great discussion thread begin? Is the topic great from the beginning or does it have the substance of an ebay item, get it out there, they'll respond?

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Great discussions

by Tig2 In reply to Forums

First you need to clarify what a great discussion is. We can work from there.

In this particular world, we actually know one another and care about one another. And this has an impact on the value of our discussions.

The best way to use a forum- this or any other- is to understand the social dynamic and manage to it. JD has a thread all about those points.

Putting something offensive out may get some takers but the discussion will be weak. Putting something thought provoking out will attract all thinking peers.

Just my $0.02

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and .........

by gadgetgirl In reply to Great discussions

if one of the regulars yells for help, you get snowed under with replies....

whether it's work or personal! ;\

We all have differing views on what constitutes a "great discussion", but on TR they are many and varied; not all technical, not all to do with IT, not all to do with day to day life.

But we all learn from the "best" discussions, in one way or another.

It's the only board I'm active on these days - why? Because it's informative, interesting, funny and I've a lot of damn good friends here.

0h - besides that, someone hard coded the url in my brain, so I can't get away....



GG

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interesting

by Derek Schauland Contributor In reply to and .........

Thats an interesting thought. We all learn from the best discussions.... I suppose each could/should decide for themselves what the best ones are, regardless of popularity.

As for friends... I am hoping to come by a few of those as well and learn something from the forums, here or anywhere else.

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That is easier than you know

by Tig2 In reply to interesting

And so far you are doing the right things. You made a clear and concise post, you asked for the feedback you wanted, you have not incited flames, and you seem to be an all around good guy.

We'll drag you to the gutter yet!

(Hmmm. Maybe I shouldn't have brought up the gutter just yet...)

The regulars tend to hang out at the Friday Yuk. Get to know us all and our weird ways. It will be fun.

Welcome the wild world of TR!

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Good forums / Bad forums

by mjd420nova In reply to Forums

What makes a good forum is the members who actively participate. A wide cross section of backgrounds is desirable but in a forum like TR, most are high tech oriented so responses will be somewhat confined to those areas. Wide open forums as in general talk types tend to be over run with people who would rather stir up trash talk than follow a thread. For me, TR is the most active forum and is technically slanted to my needs.

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Slanted...

by Derek Schauland Contributor In reply to Good forums / Bad forums

Is it slanted or does it just push you to think a bit more? Sure the content is technical in nature, and there seems something for everyone, but both sides are often told.

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I've found the best way to use a forum ...

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Forums

is to print it out. Be sure to use a good quality paper with a high linen content so it doesn't scratch.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "use a forum". I've always thought of forums as slow conversations. Like conversations, the quality is a combination of the topic and the participants. Often great participants can save a lousy topic, and many of the best ones often stray from the original topic. On the other hand, uninformed, close-minded, or inarticulate participants can leave a good thread unreadable.

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good point

Perhaps use a forum was not the right term... as a forum or board is merely a vehicle for discussion. I guess I was hoping to provoke a bit of discussion about why we use forums/bbs and what some of the best/best topics might be...

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My personal reason.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to good point

This is the only forum / chat room / on-line social interaction I participate in. I'm here primarily for the technical discussions and questions. I participate in some of the non-tech threads, but I'd still be here if the topics were restricted to tech-only. I stay logged in to TR throughout my work week but I don't connect from home much, maybe once a month.

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and then only....

by gadgetgirl In reply to My personal reason.

to collect any outstanding b!tchslaps!!

]:)

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