List of Internet forums

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Forums, also known as message boards, are one of the reasons why the Internet is so large. They act as centralized locations for topical discussion, similar to BBS and Usenet but on a much larger scale and in more specialized ways.[1] The largest and most notable Internet forums are dedicated to everything from paintballing to sports cars, from video games to anime, from psychology to technology.

Internet forums - English language[edit]

Notable forums with over one million posts, listed in rank order.[a]

Name Posts Members Category Launch year
Gaia Online 2,269,470,714 27,887,616 General 2003
4chan 1,766,256,831 General 2003
Craigslist[2] 257,434,942 General 1995
Something Awful 165,770,861 190,468 Comedy Satire 1999
BodyBuilding.com 119,898,724 9,736,395 BodyBuilding 1999
NeoGAF 80,082,903 149,409 Video games 1999
PbNation 77,380,189 679,244 Paintball 2001
Digital Spy 71,007,689 550,113 Media 1999
XDA-Developers 56,441,459 6,320,121 Mobile devices 2002
The Student Room 49,790,239 1,614,403 Education 1997
Sherdog 49,579,209 275,376 Mixed martial arts 1997
Literotica 45,987,273 1,536,636 Erotic literature 1998
Whirlpool.net.au 43,618,165 641,752 Technology 2001
Major League Gaming 41,397,143 8,507,560 Video games 2003
TexAgs 38,633,936 Texas A&M University 1998
Slickdeals 37,697,420 1,956,019 Consumer advice 1999
MoneySavingExpert 37,371,100 1,380,076 Investment 2003
boards.ie 36,000,000 630,000 General 1998
Anandtech 35,959,878 340,069 Technology, General 1997
MoneySavingExpert.com 34,686,184 1,285,040 Consumer advice 2003
Facepunch 28,085,072 183,249 Video games, General 2004
StackOverflow 26,000,000 2,700,000 Programming 2008
Ultimate Guitar 25,403,875 5,944,078 Music 1999
Team Liquid 22,480,039 336,849 Video Games 2001
Flyertalk 21,861,093 536,757 Travel 1998
Newgrounds 21,151,101 1,147,016 Flash, General 1995
MacRumors 18,028,566 872,828 Apple products 2000
RedFlagDeals 16,762,607 655,013 Bargain, Couponing 2000
Ars Technica 16,596,984 Technology 1998
Paradox Interactive 18,820,472 744,548 Video games 2000
College Confidential 16,783,932 Higher education 2001
PistonHeads 16,236,135 2,540,000 Automobiles 1998
NationStates 15,640,897 511,838 Play-by-post, General, Politics 2008
urban75 13,706,696 48,447 Politics, General 1996
Steampowered 13,060,335 774,206 Video Games 2000
8chan 12,998,738 General 2013
BPDFamily.com[3] 12,550,839 75,206 Borderline personality disorder 1998
Ubuntu Forums 12,272,334 1,890,469 Ubuntu 2004
Stormfront 11,036,502 295,713 White nationalism 1995
TOTSE[b] 9,666,399 95,036 Sub-culture, General 1989
GTPlanet 9,490,792 242,769 Video Games, Automobiles 2001
Airliners.net[citation needed] 9,392,076 169,702 Aviation 1998
Clutchfans 9,231,890 50,679 Houston Rockets 1996
HabboxForum 7,720,949 68,371 Habbo 2005
Prof. Pilots Rumour Network 7,224,141 390,192 Aviation 1996
Veggieboards 6,611,568 66,643 Vegetarianism 2000
Wrong Planet 5,849,298 Autism, Asperger syndrome 2004
LinuxQuestions.org 5,081,913 515,285 Linux 2000
HealthBoards 4,813,743 1,030,367 Health 1998
NamePros[5][6][7] 4,690,173 959,437 Domaining 2003
mozillaZine 4,661,382 410,168 Mozilla Foundation programs 1998
GameDev.net[citation needed] 4,601,190 219,013 Game development 1999
Democratic Underground 4,522,689 152,183 US democratic party 2001
SkyscraperPage.com 4,599,191 49,208 Architecture, Photography 2002
Simple Machines Forum 3,584,467 348,863 Forum support 2003
RxPG[citation needed] 2,490,862 336,849 Higher education 2003
DoItYourself.com 2,177,979 306,373 Do it yourself 1995
Aelyria[citation needed] 1,778,800 16,921 Play-by-post 2001
Teen Talk 1,719,741 195,488 Teen lifestyle 2008
Forumosa 1,449,070 30,883 Taiwan 1998
TechSpot[citation needed] 1,396,053 131,972 Technology 1998
Robinson Technologies[citation needed] 1,011,312 134,664 Video games 2002
Operation Clambake 430,921 126,582 Scientology 1996
  1. ^ Many post counts are outdated which do not reflect current post metrics and are provided as general reference only. Please update them accordingly
  2. ^ TOTSE is defunct. Membership and post metrics are from Internet Archive crawl on 16 December 2008[4]

Notable Internet forums - other languages[edit]

Notable forums with over one million posts, listed in rank order.[a]

Name Posts Members Language Category Launch year
Kaskus 650,000,000 4,000,000 Indonesian General 1999
Futaba Channel 400,096,985 Japanese General 2001
FOK! 150,000,704 441,322 Dutch General 1999
Suomi24 70,000,000 1,700,000 Finnish General 1998
Flashback Forum 48,923,208 935,627 Swedish General 1998
2channel 25,000,000 Japanese General 1999
Webtretho 15,332,259 1,314,957 Vietnamese Women 2002
Urdu Mehfil[citation needed] 1,590,113 6,276 Urdu General 2005
  1. ^ Many post counts are outdated which do not reflect current post metrics and are provided as general reference only. Please update them accordingly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Joel. "How We Talk Online: A History of Online Forums". MakeUseuOf.com. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "forums - craigslist". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mission, Members". BPDfamily. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ TOTSE forums snapshot in 2008, via Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Forum Statistics". NamePros. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  6. ^ "Do You Like the New NamePros and DNForum?". Domaining Tips. 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  7. ^ Simon (2008-07-01). "Exclusive interview with Ron James from NamePros". Domainer Income. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 

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