A conference area on a website where users can post messages giving information on any subject, such as product releases and industry developments. information sheets: Using the Internet as a virtual community related index entries: VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
can be defined by the process and the roles. As a process it allows a participant to submit information in the form of a post on a given topic. Their post may be responded to, or in fact could be a response to another participants post. The series of posts is called a thread, with a separate thread provided for each topic. The three key roles are the participant who makes the posts, the moderator who sets and enforces the established rules and etiquette, and the host who actually provides the infrastructure for the discussion board.
An area online focused on a specific topic where users can read and add or "post" comments ("post" in the sense of posting something on a bulletin board). You can find discussion groups, also referred to as "discussion boards," for almost any topic.