The Truth About Internet Forums

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I thought that since, over the past two or three years, I’ve done a large amount of research into Internet forums and message boards, it was high time I gathered together the best, most insightful and most popular of the resultant articles into a handy reference post. Quite by chance, the list forms a neat and tidy Top Ten.

I’m starting with one of the two most important and eye-opening pieces, which also happens to have been my most popular forum-related post to date, currently beating its nearest competitor by around 1,600 hits. This is an incisive look at sockpuppetry (fake, multiple and paid accounts) on forums, and the way not everything you read is what it seems…

Forum Sockpuppets and Rigged Discussion

Staying with the incisive theme, next comes another eyebrow-raiser. One of the things I’ve found most shocking in my studies of various boards is how much trust users place in the administrators, versus the fact that ANYONE can set up a forum – even criminals. This article shows how a forum can gain highly personal and sensitive information about its members, using methods the average user wouldn’t even consider…

How Much Does a Forum Know About You?

It depends on the type of forum, but heated debate can be a big part of community life. I looked carefully at what which tactics work and which ones don’t in forum debates, and compiled a guide to winning arguments…

How to Win Arguments on Forums

If you’re more of a competitor than a debater, you may have wondered how people achieve those high reputation, karma or +1 scores. This piece sets out the reality of why users give each other rep points. You may be quite surprised by the truth…

How to Get Forum Reputation Points

Up next, a little something for those who may not always be as well behaved on forums as they should be. If you’ve got yourself into a pickle on a message board and you need a quick solution, here’s your salvation…

Forum Excuses for the Badly Behaved

Perhaps, on the other hand, you’ve found yourself being ignored far too much for your liking, and you’d like just a little bit more attention? If so, this article explains exactly how you can bring your tenure to the ultimate crescendo…

How to Leave a Forum in Style

What really annoys you about a message board? These are the seven things that annoy me…

Seven Deadly Forum Sins

People say some really stupid things on the Internet, but there’s something about a traditional forum which takes this cyber hazard into another dimension…

Ridiculous Forum Comments

Nearing the end now, with a look at how the social networking sites have devastated the traditional message board community, why the likes of Twitter and Facebook are winning the battle, and what, if anything, trad forums can do to stop themselves fading out of the picture altogether.

Is the Forum Dying?

Maybe not quite as final as the title sounds, as of course, there are still many traditional message boards harbouring plenty of activity. But setting up a successful new forum in the current climate would be such a challenge that it’s hard to see how the traditional message board could be considered alive as a concept…

The Forum is Dead

  Author: Bob Leggitt

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