A report on Internet forum

The Wikipedia Village Pump is a forum used to discuss improvements on Wikipedia
An Internet forum powered by phpBB
FUDforum, another Internet forum software package
Internet forums are used frequently in conjunction with multiplayer online games.

Online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.

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The Wikipedia Village Pump is a forum used to discuss improvements on Wikipedia

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A diagram of Usenet servers and clients. The blue, green, and red dots on the servers represent the groups they carry. Arrows between servers indicate newsgroup group exchanges (feeds). Arrows between clients and servers indicate that a user is subscribed to a certain group and reads or submits articles.

Usenet

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Worldwide distributed discussion system available on computers.

Worldwide distributed discussion system available on computers.

A diagram of Usenet servers and clients. The blue, green, and red dots on the servers represent the groups they carry. Arrows between servers indicate newsgroup group exchanges (feeds). Arrows between clients and servers indicate that a user is subscribed to a certain group and reads or submits articles.
Usenet Provider Map
The "Big Nine" hierarchies of Usenet
A visual example of the many complex steps required to prepare data to be uploaded to Usenet newsgroups. These steps must be done again in reverse to download data from Usenet.
October 2020 screenshot showing 60 PB of usenet group data.

Usenet resembles a bulletin board system (BBS) in many respects and is the precursor to the Internet forums that have become widely used.

Homepage on June 3, 2019

4chan

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Anonymous English-language imageboard website.

Anonymous English-language imageboard website.

Homepage on June 3, 2019
Homepage on June 3, 2019
Homepage on June 3, 2019
Christopher Poole, 4chan's founder, at XOXO Festival in 2012
Hiroyuki Nishimura, the owner of 4chan since 2015
200px
Protests against Scientology

Posting is ephemeral, as threads receiving recent replies are "bumped" to the top of their respective board and old threads are deleted as new ones are created.

A welcome screen for the Free-net bulletin board, from 1994

Bulletin board system

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Computer server running software that allows users to connect to the system using a terminal program.

Computer server running software that allows users to connect to the system using a terminal program.

A welcome screen for the Free-net bulletin board, from 1994
Ward Christensen holds an expansion card from the original CBBS S-100 host machine.
The 300 baud Smartmodem led to an initial wave of early BBS systems.
Amiga 3000 running a two-line BBS
Welcome screen of Neon#2 BBS (Tornado)
BBS ANSI Login Screen example

Once logged in, the user can perform functions such as uploading and downloading software and data, reading news and bulletins, and exchanging messages with other users through public message boards and sometimes via direct chatting.

Early example of a "diary" style blog consisting of text and images transmitted wirelessly in real time from a wearable computer with head-up display, February 22, 1995

Blog

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Discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts).

Discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts).

Early example of a "diary" style blog consisting of text and images transmitted wirelessly in real time from a wearable computer with head-up display, February 22, 1995
On December 6, 2002, Josh Marshall's talkingpointsmemo.com blog called attention to U.S. Senator Lott's comments regarding Senator Thurmond. Senator Lott was eventually to resign his Senate leadership position over the matter.
A screenshot from the BlogActive website.
An artist's depiction of the interconnections between blogs and blog authors in the "blogosphere" in 2007.

However, blog owners or authors often moderate and filter online comments to remove hate speech or other offensive content.

A revision of a Wikipedia article shows a troll vandalizing an article on Wikipedia by replacing content with an insult.

Internet troll

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A revision of a Wikipedia article shows a troll vandalizing an article on Wikipedia by replacing content with an insult.
The advice to ignore rather than engage with a troll is sometimes phrased as "Please don't feed the trolls."
Internet troll popping out of the computer.
Aggravation by Briton Rivière (1896). Radford suggests that many trolls perceive themselves as jester-like figures, tormenting their targets from a position of relative safety.

In Internet slang, a troll is a person who posts inflammatory, insincere, digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), a newsgroup, forum, chat room, online video game, or blog), with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses, or manipulating others' perception.

October 2020 screenshot showing 60 PB of usenet group data

Usenet newsgroup

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Repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from users in different locations using the Internet.

Repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from users in different locations using the Internet.

October 2020 screenshot showing 60 PB of usenet group data

Newsgroups are technically distinct from, but functionally similar to, discussion forums on the World Wide Web.

The Internet Messenger by Buky Schwartz, located in Holon, Israel

Internet

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Global system of interconnected computer networks that uses the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to communicate between networks and devices.

Global system of interconnected computer networks that uses the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to communicate between networks and devices.

The Internet Messenger by Buky Schwartz, located in Holon, Israel
T3 NSFNET Backbone, c. 1992.
ICANN headquarters in the Playa Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.
2007 map showing submarine fiberoptic telecommunication cables around the world.
Packet routing across the Internet involves several tiers of Internet service providers.
Number of mobile cellular subscriptions 2012–2016
As user data is processed through the protocol stack, each abstraction layer adds encapsulation information at the sending host. Data is transmitted over the wire at the link level between hosts and routers. Encapsulation is removed by the receiving host. Intermediate relays update link encapsulation at each hop, and inspect the IP layer for routing purposes.
Conceptual data flow in a simple network topology of two hosts (A and B) connected by a link between their respective routers. The application on each host executes read and write operations as if the processes were directly connected to each other by some kind of data pipe. After the establishment of this pipe, most details of the communication are hidden from each process, as the underlying principles of communication are implemented in the lower protocol layers. In analogy, at the transport layer the communication appears as host-to-host, without knowledge of the application data structures and the connecting routers, while at the internetworking layer, individual network boundaries are traversed at each router.
A DNS resolver consults three name servers to resolve the domain name user-visible "www.wikipedia.org" to determine the IPV4 Address 207.142.131.234
Creating a subnet by dividing the host identifier
This NeXT Computer was used by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN and became the world's first Web server.
Share of population using the Internet. See or edit source data.
Internet users per 100 population members and GDP per capita for selected countries.
Internet users per 100 inhabitants Source: International Telecommunication Union.
Internet users in 2015 as a percentage of a country's population Source: International Telecommunication Union.
'''Fixed broadband Internet subscriptions in 2012
as a percentage of a country's population''' Source: International Telecommunication Union.
'''Mobile broadband Internet subscriptions in 2012
as a percentage of a country's population''' Source: International Telecommunication Union.
Banner in Bangkok during the 2014 Thai coup d'état, informing the Thai public that 'like' or 'share' activities on social media could result in imprisonment (observed 30 June 2014).
Internet users by language<ref name=NIUBL-IWS>{{cite web|url=http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm|title=Number of Internet Users by Language|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120426122721/http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm|archive-date=26 April 2012|website=Internet World Stats, Miniwatts Marketing Group|date=31 May 2011|access-date=22 April 2012}}</ref>
Website content languages<ref name=UofCLBWApril2013>{{cite web|title=Usage of content languages for websites|url=http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_language/all|work=W3Techs.com|access-date=26 April 2013|archive-url=https://www.webcitation.org/66ZQzUXh6?url=http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_language/all|archive-date=31 March 2012|url-status=live}}</ref>

The Internet has enabled and accelerated new forms of personal interactions through instant messaging, Internet forums, and social networking services.

A screenshot of a newly installed version of IPB 3.4.6

Online community

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Internet community or web community, is a community whose members interact with each other primarily via the Internet.

Internet community or web community, is a community whose members interact with each other primarily via the Internet.

A screenshot of a newly installed version of IPB 3.4.6

Commonly, people communicate through social networking sites, chat rooms, forums, email lists, and discussion boards, and have advanced into daily social media platforms as well.

Mailing list

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Collection of names and addresses used by an individual or an organization to send material to multiple recipients.

Collection of names and addresses used by an individual or an organization to send material to multiple recipients.

Discussion lists often require every message to be approved by a moderator before being sent to the rest of the subscribers (moderated lists), although higher-traffic lists typically only moderate messages from new subscribers.

Well-used bulletin board on the Infinite Corridor at MIT, November 2004.

Bulletin board

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Surface intended for the posting of public messages, for example, to advertise items wanted or for sale, announce events, or provide information.

Surface intended for the posting of public messages, for example, to advertise items wanted or for sale, announce events, or provide information.

Well-used bulletin board on the Infinite Corridor at MIT, November 2004.
Fanciful drawing of a general store by Marguerite Martyn in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of October 21, 1906. A man at right reads a notice of a revival service on a bulletin board.
Cork, a common bulletin board material
Bulletin boards can also be made of felt.

Internet forums are a replacement for traditional bulletin boards.