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Using Web-Based Resources

Both e-mail lists and newsgroups predated the Web. As a result, you often participate in them with Outlook and Outlook Express rather than your browser. Since the advent of the Web, however, other types of Web-based applications have evolved that allow people to come together to collaborate, share knowledge, and form communities. Two such applications are discussion boards and knowledge-sharing systems. Being Web-based, these systems are accessed through your browser, and require virtually no instructions to use.

Asking Questions in Forums

In the pre-Internet era, people formed interest groups and talked back and forth using bulletin board systems (BBSs), forums on private, for-fee networks like CompuServ, and through computer conferencing systems that created communities like The Well and The Meta Network. With the advent of the Web, some of these services basically disappeared (like the community bulletin boards), and others evolved through tools such as Web-based discussion forums (also called discussion boards) that still allow people to post comments to a structured discussion at any time, but that build in many more community features.


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