An Internet forum is a place on the Internet where people can type messages on a board for others to see. Messages or posts are organised by topic (or "thread"), with each poster either replying to an existing topic or creating a new topic for a new conversation.
Internet forums, sometimes called "forums", can be found on a lot of websites. Internet forums are often used to show people information. Things like pictures hyperlinks and images can also be put on the board, or "posted".
Many Internet forums have rules against things such as spamming and trolling. If people do those kind of things, they will be warned, and if they continue, they will be banned.
There are usually three different types of rankings on a forum:
- Member: which nearly everyone is, they can read and create posts.
- Moderator: someone whose job is to keep order on the forum. They can delete posts and warn or ban members who break the forum rules.
- Administrator, or admin: The highest rank, who can change settings on the forum and change user permissions.