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Chapter 12. Newsgroups, Message Boards, ... > How to Participate in an Online Comm...

How to Participate in an Online Community

Newsgroups, message boards, and mailing lists are all similar types of what some people call online communities. That any one of these entities is online is self-evident; that it’s a community is clear from the lively discussions that take place among regular users.

The best way to think of these forums is that they’re like old-fashioned bulletin boards. Someone posts a message on the board, and then other members of the community respond to it by posting their own messages. When one message-based discussion dies down, another starts up, over and over and over again.


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