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This page provides links to discussion board and forum tools for use in asynchronous, text-based discussions.

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BulletinBoards.com

 

Added: 8 February 2003
Reviewer's Note:
Create your own bulletin board for $9.95 a month

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D3E

"D3E is a tool for document-centric discussion. The document could be anything, from a research paper, to a policy proposal, to a multimedia student assignment. D3E makes it easy to transform an HTML file into an interactive document, tightly integrated with topic-specific or section-specific discussion threads." From the Open University

Added: 11 November 2001
Reviewer's Note:
D3E is freeware, most of it open source. That means you can download it now.

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Discus

"Discus is a powerful tool that adds value to your website. Installing a Discus system will encourage your visitors to keep coming back to participate. As your discussion grows, Discus grows with it. Discus provides stable, reliable performance and the ability to upgrade to new software versions."

Updated: 23 January 2005
Reviewer's Note:
Discus Freeware and Discus Professional available

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ezboard

"Connect people like you by creating your own community discussion boards."

Added: June 2001
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FrontPage

 

Added: 2000
Reviewer's Note:
Discussion Forums can easily be created in Microsoft FrontPage using the Discussion Forum Wizard

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Jive Forums

"Jive Forums is a powerful, open architecture application for creating and managing online communities. Users can share answers, ideas and insights, and escalate complex issues to the appropriate expert."

Added: 10 May 2002
Reviewer's Note:
Professional, Enterprise and Expert editions

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panfora

"panFora is the most advanced and sophisticated web-based discussion forum software on the market today, designed to encourage interaction and collaboration in an easy and fluid way."

Added: 7 June 2002
Reviewer's Note:
First product in wiTHinc's suite of online tools

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phpbb

"phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customisable open-source bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ. Based on the powerful PHP server language and your choice of MySQL, MS-SQL, PostgreSQL or Access/ODBC database servers, phpBB is the ideal free community solution for all web sites."

Added: 8 December 2003
Reviewer's Note:
Open source therefore FREE

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QuickTopic

"Need an easy single-topic forum for your newsletter or web site? Or a better way to arrange a big meeting, discuss an issue, or have a family talk? Quick TopicSM is the ideal place for quick, personal group conversations.

Added: June 2001
Reviewer's Note:
FREE and "preposterously easy"

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Uptilt Message Boards

"Uptilt message boards drive traffic, increase page views, and promote the community aspect of your site. Giving your users a way to communicate with each other is a great way to build the foundation of an online community and a cornerstone for a high volume site."

Added: 18 November 2001
Reviewer's Note:
Hosted and maintained by Uptilt

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vBulletin

"vBulletin is a powerful, scalable and fully customisable forums package for your web site. Based on the PHP language, backed with a blisteringly fast MySQL back-end database, vBulletin is the ideal community solution for all medium-to-large sites"

Added: June 2001
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World Crossing

"World Crossing is the fast, easy, and free way to add forums, message boards or chat rooms to your website, customised to match the look of your site."

Added: 18 November 2001
Reviewer's Note:
A free forum hosting service

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