Forums, Threads, and Posts: A Short Lesson in Forum Vocabulary

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    Dec 11, 2007 10:56 PM GMT
    A handy, helpful guide to improve your internet speechifying.

    There seems to be a lot of people that participate in these forums that don't normally find themselves on internet forums, and often misuse forum terminology when referring to their threads and posts. Though misuse of forum vocabulary doesn't really bother me that much, it can become confusing. So here's a short explanation of terms for those who haven't had much experience with internet forums beyond this one.

    Forums: The broadest category, and the one of least concern in this guide, is the general section termed "forums," as at the top of the RJ page. The forums section contains all the various forums, threads, and posts on the website (outside of comments on RJ articles). The forums section is also known by some as a "board." The RJ forums section could be simply termed the RJ Board; this, however, is a personal preference and really unimportant.

    Forum (singular): A forum is the next smallest category. A forum is contained within the previous forums section, and is a way of categorizing the types of threads that will be created by members. For instance, there is an "All Things Gay" forum, a "Gay News and Events" forum, etc. When referring to a forum, you are referring to this broad category, as in "I'm posting my thread inside the All Things Gay forum."

    Thread: A thread is created by a member, and is the specific subject that the person wants to discuss. I have just created this thread entitled "Forums, Threads, and Posts: A Short Lesson in Forum Vocabulary" to give information about this topic. All the topics that you see when you click on each specific forum are threads.

    Post. This is the final and most specific category. Each contribution within a thread is a post. While I have created this thread topic, all the stuff that I'm am typing is contained within a post inside the thread. Each new contribution by a member is one of their posts.

    Bringing it all together, what you're reading right now is a post, contained within my "Forums, Threads, and Posts: A Short Lesson in Forum Vocabulary" thread, which is contained within the "All Things Gay" forum, which is located in the RJ forums (or the RJ board).

    Hopefully, this is all fairly straightforward and will help out those of you who don't use internet forums often enough to know what the correct terminology is.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 11, 2007 11:16 PM GMT
    Actually that is appreciated. When I first saw your "post".. I thought it was going to be critical of some of the grammar and writing with some of the "threads"...

    I do however appreciate the clarification, especially for those who haven't done much with this.
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    Dec 12, 2007 1:22 PM GMT
    Thanks, for that. icon_redface.gifI am one of those persons that is new to this. Until now I thought a forum and thread were the same thing so thanks for that helpful explanation. Now, all I need to understand some of the posts is a lesson on abbreviations that people use.
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    Dec 12, 2007 6:05 PM GMT
    If you're ever confused on internet abbreviations, a good place to check is Urban Dictionary. It's a pretty comprehensive source for internet memes.