Discussion Forum and Blog

Discussion Forum and Blog

Contributor : Kelana Meita Istighfari

Discussion Forum

Discussion Forums are technologies where users can interact with other users by exchanging messages, sometimes called posts, and discuss certain subjects / topics commonly called "threads", discussion forums emerged in the mid-1990s. Since then, discussion forums have become increasingly popular. Discussions are initiated by one member by posting topics and other member replies, usually occurring through organized topics and subtopics to help search the topics. This allows members of the same group to share information and ideas. On the internet, there are thousands of discussion boards, sometimes it can be seen from a Web browser. Many websites offer discussions so users can share and discuss information and opinions. When discussion forums continue to become increasingly popular, not only Web surfers are given the choice to participate in existing forums, they are also given the ability to create their own new forum. For example, ezboard Inc. allows its members to design unique forums on the topic of their choice. Because the number of Internet users is expected to continue to increase, discussion forums are likely to remain a popular path for internet communication. Some examples of famous discussion forums;
  • Kaskus
  • Detik Forum
  • Vanilla Forum
  • vBulletin
  • Xenforo
  • Reddit


    Blogs are online diaries or reflective journals where someone can post and publish their thoughts about what they have experienced or learned, and / or texts and images that describe their lives, interests, and work experience. Blog was created by Jorn Barger on December 17, 1997 named as "weblog" then Peter Merholz broke the word weblog into a phrase we blog in April or May 1999, so since then, people called it blog more often than weblog. Posts in a blog tend to be relatively short, but have enough information and interest to involve readers other. Other readers (friends or strangers) can usually leave comments about the post. Posts are usually displayed in reverse chronological order, so the most recent posts appear first, at the top of the web page. Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of one individual, sometimes from small groups, and often discussed a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, "multi-author blog" (MAB) appeared, featuring the writing of several authors and sometimes professionally edited. MAB from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions contribute to the increase in the amount of blog traffic. Some examples of famous blogs;
  • Trinity Traveler
  • Gari Cruze
  • Snack Kids
  • Everywhereist
  • Minimalist Baker

    What is the difference between a discussion forum and a blog?

    The main difference that you can see is how to interact directly or not.

    Blogs receive comments, usually at the bottom of posts. It is moderated against spam or inappropriate comments, which means it is postponed so the blog writer can decide whether to publish it or not, and have time to write the appropriate answer. This delay does not allow a good environment for direct discussion, but the discussions that occur tend to be calmer, measurable, and valuable.

    The forum works in real-time, which means that when a comment or message is posted, it is immediately published to be seen by anyone. There is no, or very little, moderation, so anything is posted directly. The benefit is that answers can occur quickly, which are more likely to develop into discussions. But this discussion can vary in nature, and can be offensive or be misinterpreted if it is not managed properly.
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