This sooooooooooooooooooooo annoys me. Jesus' is pronounced Jesuses not Jesus'. You don't go to Jesus house, you go to Jesuses house. In writing, it is written Jesus' but you pronounce it Jesuses!!!!!!!!!! Written, you don't put the second S put you pronounce it. It's like saying I am going to Dennis house...er...no, it's I am going to Dennises hous...get it?
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I have only been on avforum for a short time mainly to look for headphones. Now head-fi.org is the place to be for headphone reviews but unfortunately it is US centric whereas AVForum is British centric.
I thought great a british website to talk about headphones.
Well, not so great. The problem was when I was linking a lot of the product reviews from head-fi.org, the moderator got stroppy and removed my links and even when I was just providing products descriptions instead of link, they got stroppy with it.
It seems avforum is there to promote british goods and when I give alternate better value products (non british) they either edit my posts or delete it completely.
Any forum that is so moderated, don't trust the information on the forum. The few regs there are all the same people pushing the same products instead of giving advice to people with the best products.
There are plenty of website that will let me talk freely. AVforums is not it and I'll be wary of the advice given there. Pretty much the same people pushing the same products.
Since the interent first became popular, so have the forums and messageboards avaible on the ner. Forums have been around since I first started using the internet and I find them an extremely useful source of information.
Most forums on the interent are part of sites which specialise in certain topics. The forums are a place where like minded people can meet up and discuss any new things which have been happening. Forums that I am a part of include Money Saving, BMW and cricket related forums. The amount of collective knowledge is amazing and I love the communtiy aspect of all the forums!
Forums are a great way of finding out information about almost anything. If you are looking for an answer to a hard question I would advise finding the relevent forum and asking there. As long as you ask politely and follow the rules of the board the community members will be more than happy to help you. I have done this many times and it has answered my questions on loads of things like when I had trouble with my car.
Forums are one of the few things which have not really changed from a design aspect with most looking the same as they did years ago. Howevr with the revolution of the social network sites I am sure this will change in the near future.
I find forums an excellent source of info and a great way to pass time with like minded people! My fav forums are CrookedTongues.com, MoneySavingExpert.com and Pistonheads.com - check them out!
When I first started going on the Internet in 2001, I was about 14 and a member of a popular website called Girland, which had forums/message boards, and that was how I was first introduced to them. I also used to go on the Neopets forums, and indeed a lot of my time was spent chatting and finding things out.
When I was around 16, I installed and built up my own forum which had about 3000 members. It was a lot of work to maintain, and also ended up being quite expensive, so unfortunately I had to let it go when I started university. Most of the topics were about web design and other general chat, and it was nice to interact more with the visitors to my site and find out more about them as it helped me to build my content up and direct it properly.
These days that kind of community is still strong if you know where to look for it - unfortunately it's very cliqued and that's the fundamental problem with forums really. Forums that are massive, like thestudentroom.co.uk or the ones at moneysavingexpert.com can also make you feel lost very easily, which ruins the community aspect quite a bit, and also means more arguments start.
Most forums have a big set of rules to follow, and these can cause conflict as well but are often necessary to keep discussions on track and help people behave themselves! There are a few types of popular forum software: phpBB, VBulletin and XMB. I've used all these and I find that VBulletin offers a lot more in the way of functionality and it's easier to make it look more original as well.
These days the only forums I really spend time on are ones related to work, so ones for Apple products and news. I find these amusing because they are the most argumentative forums I've ever been a member of, and I think this is mainly because they have high male membership rates!
I also find forums very useful places to ask questions. I work with a lot of different kinds of web software, mainly as a hobby, and with specific problems or questions I have there's always a forum out there with people who can give me an answer, and this kind of free information is invaluable. I always try to return the karma by answering another question or helping someone with something somewhere else if I can.
I think forums and message boards are one of the slowest-changing aspects of the Internet because whilst free software and free forum communities have continued to grow and develop, forums aren't too different from how they always have been. There's the potential for lots of features - auctions, online shops, star rating systems etc. - but it hasn't developed in the way that other social networking has. Then again, wall posts on Facebook and MySpace are kind of like mini forums in their own right, as are discussion boards. But in the traditional sense, message boards and forums are a great and easy way to communicate with people for a lot of different reasons. Some people think that it's weird to talk to people you don't know, but forums are a great resource for anyone who has any kind of interest in anything!
There are millions of message boards online, and it doesn't take long to be able to tell the pros and cons of them. They've been around in a primitive form since the birth of the Internet, in newsgroups, and have long-evolved to the complex BB message boards we see commonly nowadays, and have even taken less assuming forms in things such Facebook. Their goal is largely to promote a community spirit and allow a voice to everyone in the world with a computer, but of course, this has upsides AND downsides.
The pro's are easy; it is a convenient way to discuss various things, in meeting people with similar interests as yourself, and you are able to do so in a way that is comfortable and allows you to sit in your underpants if you want! Also, you're allowed to be more calculated as you can devise a devious response that has some thought put into it which is very different to the real nature of most physical conversations. Also, it means that you're more able to open yourself up to different world views in a way that doesn't seem too threatening or overzealous.
The con's are numerous, though, you'll get "trolls" who make joke topics and generally just like to wind people up, and of course, people may very well never be who they say they are. Also, it is harder to detect intonations and tone, and sarcasm in particular, making misunderstandings quite frequent, and people may become irritated or upset if you take too long to reply whereas this cannot happen face to face.
Any sane human will always prefer real face-to-face contact, but for comfort and convenience, and for the novelty of "talking" to people on the other side of the world, they are generally great!
I'm a member of several community message boards and forums which relate to my hobbies and interests, e.g. crafts, astronomy, paranormal and money saving. I use the message boards for different purposes - sometimes I'm looking for specific information or advice from fellow community members, sometimes I'm just browsing and other times I just want to connect with other people who share my interests. My main issue with message boards and forums is that it can sometimes be difficult to interpret exactly how a statement is intended when it has been written instead of spoken. Quite often, I've read a comment by someone that was meant to be sarcastic or in jest and ends up causing offence and an argument. It's times like that when it can feel quite uncomfortable to read those messages. As with all communities, there are always personality clashes and there have been some occasions when I've actually had to take a break from particular forums because there is someone on there who is driving me up the wall - either with rudeness, misinformation or simple lack of respect to other community members. Some forums can be fantastic, such as support forums for people with specific health conditions or personal circumstances. I was a member of several pregnancy forums when I was expecting my children and found them a great reassurance at times that everything I was experiencing was normal! The other benefit of forums is that you can feel more free to express yourself because it's anonymous - it's a lot easier to type something anonymously than it might be to say it in person.
I am a member of many online forums and messageboards, and they can make up websites themselves as they are a fantastic way of sharing ideas and thoughts, giving and receiving help or advice as well as general chat about hobbies. All forums are of a similar format but look different. You must usually register to use forums, which requires some simple information such as your name, email address, a username and password.
I am a member of gamefaqs.com, which is one of the best sites for forums. They are in association with gamespot as they're owned by them. You can get help on the forums about games as well as share your ideas and feelings. You can meet people through the forums nowadays to play with them online using services such as Xbox Live or Nintendo Wifi. The forums here have quite a friendly atmosphere and the administrators control any rule-breakers pretty well.
My favourite forum site has to be thestudentroom.co.uk as they contain so many forums on all topics for students. Most the students on the site are doing their A levels but you also get ones doing GCSEs as well as ones at University. You can get help for your subjects in the study help forums. You can also get advice for a range of other things including health and relationships, fitness, beauty and many more such as technology. The forums contain more specific forums such as ones for gaming, mobile phones and computers within the technology forums. You can even get help for personal statements through the site, which are a part of the university UCAS application procedure.
There are other forums all over the Internet but these are a couple of my favourite. You will find forums on all major websites such as for Apple products as well as on xbox.com. Forums aren't like instant messaging but people can reply as soon as you post a thread. You usually title your thread and can sometimes put a symbol next to it, which shows next to the title on the thread list. They are really useful and I don't know what the Internet would be without them!
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The Native Skaters forum is a forum dedicating to the skateboarding scene in the North East of England, especially in the areas of Sunderland and Newcastle. You can access this forum by visiting the Native Skatestore's website.
The forum has three main other forums in which people can create topics and post in them and one forum which people cannot post in as it is just for information on skateparks around the north east. The other three are "Post your street spots" where people will create a topic about a new skateboarding spot there have found, "Anybody seen any good DVDs?" where people will create topics about any new skateboarding DVDs there have recently saw and "General Discussion". This is the main forum in which people post as it has a vast amount of topics here. This go from anything like, posting pictures and footage to local skateboarding events. As long as you don't spam or post ridiculous stuff you should go down well with the other members. We are all fellow local skateboarders here as well so don't worry. Also, the shop manger, Jackie, is the forum admin and he keeps everyone in check.
http://www.nativeskatestore.co.uk/ - Native Skatestore
http://www.nativeskatestore.co.uk/forum/default.asp - Native Skater's Forum
For any given hobby or interest there will undoubtedly be a forum somewhere on the internet devoted to it. There are those which focus on television, computer games, gardening, health, weddings, parenting, motor vehicles, travel, the list is endless!
So what is a forum? A forum is a website whereby members are able to create a personal profile with as little or as much information as they wish, using their own name or a screen name and then chat to other members about a particular topic of interest. One member will start a topic or debate and other members will then reply, as though having a conversation. Each reply is called a 'post' and the main topic or debate is called a 'thread'. Forums generally have a number of sections, called 'rooms' which have different titles indicating the type of discussion which is suitable for each.
Many internet forums will require their members to be over a certain age if they feel that their content may be unsuitable for minors. Members can also be banned for any abusive behaviour.
My first encounter with an internet forum was during the run up to my wedding. While sitting at work one day and searching online for wedding dresses (tut tut!) I stumbled across a website called Confetti. Confetti is a site devoted to all things weddings, from venues to suppliers and also has a large forum area with a number of different rooms. I was previously quite wary about internet forums, though when browsing I discovered an astounding number of people asking the same questions that I had been pondering and discussing topics which were specifically of interest to me.
I used this forum from time to time in order to discuss wedding suppliers and other wedding related queries. I found it to be an incredibly useful source of information. I also continued to use it for a little while afterward as I found that after getting married I was able to help others in the run up to their weddings. When the newness of my wedding wore off I no longer felt the need to use Confetti. However after falling pregnant with our first child I then revisited and chatted to 'old acquaintances' in the room specifically designated for brides who had moved onto the next stage of their lives, parenting.
Forums therefore can be a great source of information and a way to discuss topics of interest with others. Though they are not real life there are occasions when real life friends may not have experienced your current situation and cannot offer any real advice. For instance experiencing your first pregnancy or planning your wedding.
There are good and bad points however. I have come to experience that many forums have hardcore addicts who seem to be logged on day and night and will often take the whole thing far too seriously. These people really do seem out of touch with reality, though as a positive they are a great reminder that you really should use these places just for fun. Life happens away from the computer screen and friendships are forged through physical and verbal contact.
For instance I was once a member of a general forum set up by some ex-members of the aforementioned Confetti. After giving birth to our beautiful son I rarely visited the forum, my time was better spent enjoying motherhood. I was then sent some rather confrontational messages by a moderator, who was a mother herself, as to why I did not use the forum as much. I was subsequently accused of defecting to another forum, set up again by ex-members, and 'telling tales'. Does this remind you of the school playground? Needless to say that was the last time I visited.
At this present time I often browse a forum dedicated to pregnancy and parenting. I use this forum for a short while in the evenings and sometimes while my son takes his daytime nap. I am therefore not a big forum user. My life away from the screen will always take priority and forums will always be a little fun and a way to unwind. I now share and receive helpful advice with regards to parenting my son and issues regarding my current pregnancy of our second child. Through this forum I have received advice on medical issues, behavioural issues, I have shared weaning recipes, ideas for places to take my son and activities to take part in.
My advice when using forums would be to find one which suits your particular interests and one whereby you will gain useful advice or insight. Always abide by the age guidance as some may contain content which is unsuitable. Take heed of those forum addicts and do not let forum usage effect your everyday life, especially if you are browsing while at work as it may lead to disciplinary action. Avoid any confrontational behaviour. Be extremely over cautious when discussing personal information. Internet forums can be a great source of information but always take heed of those you are engaging with, after all we cannot see through our computer screens.
Take your favourite TV program/book/film/music artist, what are the chances that one of your friends likes the above just as much as yourself? Probably the answer to that question is "very low", which is where the forums and message boards come in.
I've used forums for a number of years, and although I have to confess they can at times take up a great deal of your time, on the whole they are a source of fun and enjoyment, and sometimes can give you a little advice and help along the way.
There are many different types of forums, some that discuss a favourite TV show or music artist, and then others that dive into the subject of History or the Environment. The reason I first signed up to a forum was to talk to other people about a book I was madly into; unfortunately none of my friends liked the book, so the forums help me out, and made it possible for me to talk to others about something I really liked.
Some people would say they are a very bad thing to get into, after all you are talking to people you have never met before in your life. That's where responsibility sets in, and if you are old enough to use a forum, you should be responsible enough to know that privacy is a big deal, and not to give out personal information. Also people think they are bad on a social point of view, but in my opinion, I have friends who I can talk to about other things, and if I can't get enjoyment about discussing a favourite book of mine, then why can't I look for someone to fill this want?
Forums aren't for everyone, but for those that try them, it's more often than not that they begin to enjoy them. It's just a little fun on the internet, what's the harm in that?
Okay, this is something I generally try not to admit to people, but Internet forums are a big part of my life and (yes, I'm a forumholic) take up a lot of my free time.
So, what's the draw? I joined my first forum to complain about a product that the company at the time was discontinuing. I ended up staying when I got drawn in to the debates and conversations of the members. I'm under no illusions that internet conversations can replace real life ones, nor would I trade my real friends for forum ones - but where else could I talk to, at once, men and women from all ages, backgrounds, occupations and opinions on such a multitude of topics? Certainly not my local!
Internet forums have also provided me with an outlet to sell some of my jewellery on, and pretty much most of the commissions I take now are from customers that know me through the sites. I know this is true for a number of members. Forums can end up costing you a fortune, as one person recommends something that quickly causes a forum fad. From perfume to food, I've followed forum trends and found some products that I now can't live without, others I wish I'd never tried!
As forums are usually collectives of worldwide people you didn't know already and may never meet, forums often open up the opportunity for asking advice and opinions on issues one might feel unable or too embarrassed to broach with real life contacts - anything from intellectual queries to relationship and sex advice. I've personally had some excellent advice from forum members who worked in an area connected to a problem I had with work, and their HR knowledge informed my ultimately successful approach to the situation.
The level of honesty and trust built up can often lead to people finding the people they meet on forums among their closest friends, and friendships can lead to very fulfilling real life contact and friendships. I have to say this is not an avenue I have yet followed, but there are people on the forums I visit I feel close to and concerned for.
On the flip side, caution must be taken when turning to the Internet for advice, whether that be Google or forums, and there can often be a sense of people asking the collective knowledge of a forum first where a more appropriate contact would be a professional or doctor.
Unfortunately, very often forums can feel too much like a safe haven for expressing yourself and seeking advice. Despite forums feeling like a seemingly private members club, nothing on the Internet is secret. Anyone can sign up to a forum and with the level of information that users happily give it's not hard to see the real person behind the screen name. I have known at least two occasions during my time on forums where a member who had been posting prolifically about their personal problems had to withdraw after finding out friends and family members had found and read their posts.
In all though, I have found that posting with a sensible level of caution - for myself and also respect for people I talk about - has allowed me to enjoy forums and certainly benefit personally from them.
There are a lot if internet sites with message boards and forum. I do not know much about message boards other than they are places you can post messages, questions etc for others to respond. However, forum I know a fair bit about and spend a large proportion of my life on.
I am a single mum and at 7.30 every night when my daughter goes to bed I am left sat on my own and I soon found myself getting very lonely until I discovered forums! Forums are online chat rooms where people can gather and post comments and conversation. I Have made loads of friends online I call them my cyber friends, as I have never met any of them. The forum I tend to hang around on is the moneysaving expert website in the debt free wanabee section. Being in this forum has not only been lovely as I have had some people to chat to and I now longer feel alone in the evenings but the kind folk on there have supported me in becoming debt free and I have found loads of ways to make money and save the money I have.
Although forums have been a positive for me, there are many negatives and people needed to be careful online. I am careful not to disclose to much personal information like my surname, my daughters name where I live etc. People can gather and use information they find in forums. I am also very careful about meeting people that I have "met" in online chat rooms as people can lie about who they are. It is important to bear in mind that you do not actually know those people, as they may not be telling the truth.
Children in forums can be particularly dangerous and they should be supervised by an adult. Children do not always understand the risks and believe what they are being told there has been a lot of cases over the past years of children getting to know people online and arranging to meet up with them then going missing. In some cases, it was discovered later that they were talking to an adult pretending to be a child and they have ended up being abused!
Forums and message boards are great for people who are isolated or seek company they can be a place where people are encouraged and supported or it could be a place where a person becomes abused and hurt. Some message board have people that post thing to upset and make other people feel sad these are called trolls and for some reason think it is fun to post horridly messages they can also post links to other websites that contain computer viruses.
Craft Queens is a forum for Crafters to share their hobbies and form friendships with others from around the world. They accept members any age, from any where in the world. You can be of any experience level in your chosen craft or just a beginner.
Some of the Crafts you can find on craft queens are:
ATC's (Artist Trading Cards)
(New crafts are added often).
The forum is very easy to navigate as each board is titled with a description of what the board discuss's and a simple click takes you to that section. Nothing is too difficult to find on the boards and an excellent FAQ section is very helpful. Also any questions feel free to ask as the very friendly members are always on hand to help out a newbie.
The forum is there for crafters to help each other, learn and share new tips and ideas as well as support each other in our every days lives on the general board. Friendship is one of the best things about this forum and having one and other to chat to really can help. Since being a part of Craft Queens i have made many friends who brighten up my day and have made crafting a more enjoyable experience.
Children are welcome on the forum but an adult i.e parent must also be a member to observe their activity. They have a kids only section where they can chat to crafters their own age, this area is monitored by one of the Parents in the group. My own daughter loves this section and has made several friends here.
Swaps- The forum hosts many group swaps for members to exchange craft materials or finished products. Also a one to one section is available for private swaps between members.
Competitions/Games - Craft Queens hosts many competitions with craft related prizes. Bingo is one of the groups favourites and is hosted on a monthly basis. At present a new year raffle is taking place with great prizes.
Wishes - Craft Queens wishes is where members add craft related wishes and a Craft Queens angel may grant them that wish by sending them a random act of kindness.
Monthly Fun weekends - Craft Queens hosts fun weekends, this is where all members try to get together at the same time and play games, offer freebies and much more. I really enjoy this events as its a great way to form friendships and swap craft items as well as make requests.
Shops - They have a shops section where members are given deals, offers or discount if they shop using the codes given. I have personally tried these any they work.
Charities - This is where craft queens adds any charities that the forum can help out and support if anyone wishes to.
Plus they have many other sections of the forum to discover and are always adding new boards for everyone to enjoy.
How to join Craft Queens?
All you need to do is click on the link below:
Look for where it says new registrations, remember you can't see the forum until you sign up, this is totally free to do so.
Looking forward to more crafters to share my hobbies with.
I have been a member of a few message boards and forums in my time but to be honest I rarely find myself contributing to them for a few reasons, one is that I find that some members can be quite aggressive and rude on them, there were a couple that were linked to Dooyoo in that a lot of the members on here were also members on this site and while these sites could be useful to get information some of the people on them seemed to enjoy picking arguments with other mmbers and they were really pedantic in their views and also quite bullying in their behavious ganging up on certain members, it is no surprise that I soon gave up on these sites as did most other members.
I have also used the forum on Moneysavingexpert however the main problem with this forum is the sheer size of it which makes finding any information quite hard so people tend to just post the same old questions on the site to get an answer rather than finding the info that is already on there. The site isquite friendly as people are just trying to save or earn money and there was a good Dooyoo thread at one point in time but it got closed because people were using it to manipulate reads and ratings and again things got a bit nasty.
My personal view is that while I would like a Dooyoo message board somewhere I'm not sure I would actually be a part of it because of some of the people it would attract.