An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.
Forums act as centralized locations for topical discussion. The Forum format is derived from BBS and Usenet but on a much larger scale and in more specialized ways. The most notable and significant Internet forums communities have converged around topics ranging from medicine to technology, and vocations and hobbies.
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^Katayama, Lisa (19 April 2007). "2-Channel Gives Japan's Famously Quiet People a Mighty Voice". Wired (magazine). Retrieved 29 November 2010. This single site has more influence on Japanese popular opinion than the prime minister, the emperor and the traditional media combined. On one level, it serves as a fun, informative place for people to read product reviews, download software and compare everything from the size of their poop to quiz show answers. But conversations hosted here have also influenced stock prices, rallied support for philanthropic causes, organized massive synchronized dance routines, prevented terrorism and driven people to their deathbeds.