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Internet Forums and Mailing Lists: Basics, Netiquette, and Intermediate User Tips

What Is an Internet 'Troll'?
You've seen this expression in online discussion forums, but you are uncertain what it means. What exactly is a forum 'troll'?

How to Speak Like an Internet Gaming Geek
So, you're tired of those teenage kids knowing more about computers and computer games than you. They speak in an obscure subculture language that is part technical, part expressive. How do you get started in speaking their language? Well, About.com can help you. Here is your crash course in learning to speak "geek" in the gaming world...

What is "QFT"?
You see this peculiar expression, "QFT", while participating in online discussions. What exactly does it mean?

Intellectual Forum Conversation, Right Here!
www.artsandlettersdaily.com is a place for intellectuals, bohemians, academics, and anyone who likes to think. Although there is some drivel, like any forum, there is also some gloriously smart conversation that happens here. Check it out!

Cyber Soap Box: Vigorous Forum Conversations and Debates
Like artsandlettersdaily.com, CyberSoapBox.com is a place for bright people to gather and debate. Less high-brow than artsandlettersdaily, though, this site is much more broad in its appeal, and packed with juicy topics for everyone. See for yourself...

What Is 'Bump'? Is Bump the Same as 'To The Top'?
You saw this odd expression in a discussion forum today: 'bump'. What exactly is bump and what is it used for? About.com explains this peculiar acronym here...

Sample Forum: About Motorcycles Conversations
This is a very popular online discussion forum: beginning motorcyclists, Harley Davidson owners, women motorcyclists... they all love to talk bikes at Walter Kern's web site.

Sample Forum: Teenager Advice
About Guide, Mike Hardcastle, provides teenager guidance resources. He also runs a tremendous discussion forum where his readers discuss life problems, solutions, challenges and victories. A great place for not only teenagers, but for the parents who want to understand their teenagers better.

Finding a Good Discussion Forum For Yourself
The most popular Internet search engine, Google, has a list of all the major discussion forums around the world. If you have an idea what you are interested in discussing, try this alphabetic list. FYI: There are an estimated 100 thousand discussion forums on the Internet today, so expect to spend at least an hour browsing. Another FYI: the world's most popular conversation is alt.sex.

Sample Forum: About Pregnancy
Robin Weiss is the guru of pregnancy knowledge. Her About Pregnancy web site is a longtime favorite on the Internet, and her discussion forum is renowned for trading excellent tips on labor and the first months of child rearing. Highly recommended for new parents and parents-to-be.

Find a Good Mailing List for Yourself
If you are looking for stock tips, stats on your favorite football team, weather reports, Atkins recipes, winemaking tips, or travel suggestions, try this web site. Lists.topica.com is dedicated to cataloging mailing lists and discussion forums. This database is very very large, so you are virtually guaranteed to find a mailing list or forum that you will like.

What Is an Internet 'Troll'?
You've seen this expression in online discussion forums, but you are uncertain what it means. What exactly is a forum 'troll'?

Chat Netiquette and Acronyms
BRB, AFK, LMAO, RTFM, PMFJI... these all mean something! Read the translation of these acronyms and abbreviations... most of them are quite funny! :)

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