Best described as a torrent of little children running around in a minefield (users), some armed with weapons (moderators), forums are the flagship of internet discussion, spam, and flame wars.
Smaller forums tend to be more habitable, but the larger ones have many distinct and similar features. For example, within approximately seven seconds of the creation of a topic, you will have at least one reply, garunteed. Large forums also tend to spawn makeshift caste systems within themselves, and you're automatically a malefactor in the forum until you have a 4-digit post count.
A forum can sometimes be helpful, but normally they become a time consuming and frustrating thing if you pay too much attention to them.
I got banned from that forum for being a n00b.
by rtil July 24, 2005
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A place on the internet within a site in which people can discuss topics with other people. A Forum is separted by topic sections and those are divided by sections called "threads" (You are the one who creates the thread, and see how many people respond to you, or view your opinion). Forums are operated by moderators. Forum moderators are usually offended by the smallest imperfections (they are usually power freaks). In many Forums, you are not allowed to swear or insult people, displaying pictures of naked people or gory/bloody incidents.
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Topic: Politics
Thread: Bush's speech

Views: 25
Responds: 3

Topic: Pictures
Thread: Anime pics!

Views: 40,329
Responds: 625
by ZionLavaMix October 10, 2005
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A series of waste dumps on the Internet to put all those ideas any decent human being would keep to themselves.
I thought of something I wouldn't dare say out loud so I posted it to a forum.
by Cathedralmaster July 11, 2008
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Not to be confused with the current, trendy blog. A forum is a space where like minded individuals can contribute information of mutual benefit. A forum is a repository of data which is meant to inform and educate on a particular subject.

Forums generally are not conversational, rather, they are contributory.
An example of a forum is a Web site where dental hygenists may contribute information on technique, research, seminars and practicums, case studies, and all other manner of useful data.
by whalewriter November 22, 2005
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A web discussion vehicle for people too stupid to be listened to anywhere else.

A much needed distraction where vocal idiots can spend their time not participating in the real decision making of the world.

Antonym: reliable information source
"When he's not watching Sailor Moon cartoons, John spends his time refuting the Theory of Relativity in the Easychair Experts forum."
by tgd January 28, 2007
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A database driven web service designed to provide for simulating discussion and a record of useful information. In practice, generally the home of idiot administrators, know nothing posters, and full of spam and smap.
The Driver Forum is full of n00bs, why would I want to post there?
by {CD} darkness June 17, 2005
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An internet-based Bulletin Board in which members can post thoughts and views. Based on the Roman word 'forum'.
Forums have a general hierachy:
Global Moderators
Local Moderators
Premium or Paying Members
Validating Members
Banned Members
They are alsp a popular target of hackers and crackers and a paradise for spammers etc.
Bob: 'My Cheese Forums rock! I have... 3 members!'
Bill: 'Wow, my Gaming Cheat Forums have 1003... no... 1005!'

Admin: 'The new General Chat Forum is out!'
Spammers: 'Yay!!!'
Lead Spammer: *&79847394737xjfdlshf345740rscxjds!!! OMG!!!
Global Moderator 1: 'You take the Sub-Forum, I'll take the main!'
Moderator 2: 'Yes Sir!'
*The sounds of warns and bans can be heard above the spam*
by BlueFladoo July 26, 2006
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