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Chapter 10. Finding Customers Online > Using Online Forums and Clubs

Using Online Forums and Clubs

Online forums are similar to newsgroups except they have one or more moderators to oversee all the messages. Also known as Web boards or bulletin boards, forums also differ from newsgroups because they usually exist internally on one of the major online services like CompuServe or AOL, or on a specific Web site rather than existing as newsgroups do, as Internet entities unto themselves. Some of the larger portal Web sites also offer forums, which are known by such forum synonyms as Clubs (Yahoo, Lycos), Communities (Excite, InfoSeek) or Pods (Tripod).

Moderators watch for offensive material such as harsh language, subjects that stray from the forum's topic, and advertising. CompuServe, America Online, and Prodigy have their own forums that are formed and maintained by SysOps (System Operators), a technical term that is now being replaced by the term moderator. If you have a membership to any of these services and try to use a forum for advertising, your message will be deleted. Depending on the service, you will be warned not to try it again. After a couple of warnings, you may have your membership revoked.


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