A forum is public meeting place for open discussion of various topics. Online, a forum may also be referred to as a bulletin board or discussion area. Forums come in all shapes and sizes. The main objective is to provide an area where users can interact with questions, answers and discussions on a given topic. There are literally thousands and thousands of topical forums online. Each forum usually states the topic and tries to keep the discussions on topic. However, this can often vary from forum to forum.

In general all forums operate in the same manner. kidsturncental does a good job of explaining what forums are.

In order to use most forums you need to register, creating a username and password that you will use to access the forum. If you decide to join a forum and have your forum ID you will be able to log in the forum, read what has previously been posted, start your own discussions or reply to discussions already started.

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Here are some instructional videos on the basics of forum use.

How to Register

General Forum Use

How to Reply