Forums

Forums, or discussion boards, are nearly as old as the internet.

But they remain to this day, the simplest, most transparent and most democratic tool for engaging your community online. A well moderated online forum has the potential to strip away power relations between participants. The quality of the argument takes precedence over the position of the speaker.

There are two tricks to creating a good forum.

First, think long and hard about the question you want your community to talk about.

The question will frame the debate. So framing the question or topic carefully is well worth a little extra time and energy.

Second, think about adding visual media to bring the topic to life and draw the reader's eye.

To many words, and your reader will be lost.


Forums, or discussion boards, are nearly as old as the internet.

But they remain to this day, the simplest, most transparent and most democratic tool for engaging your community online. A well moderated online forum has the potential to strip away power relations between participants. The quality of the argument takes precedence over the position of the speaker.

There are two tricks to creating a good forum.

First, think long and hard about the question you want your community to talk about.

The question will frame the debate. So framing the question or topic carefully is well worth a little extra time and energy.

Second, think about adding visual media to bring the topic to life and draw the reader's eye.

To many words, and your reader will be lost.


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