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 – Funny little video about forum etiquette.

  • User Groups – Some forums organise visitors and logged in members into user groups. Privileges and rights are given based on these groups.
  • Guest/visitor – is a person visiting the site who is not a registered member.
  • lurker– this is a visitor who visits a site frequently but does not participate e.g they just read the threads. The term Lurkingcan also be used when a member has no intention of participating but just likes reading the contributions.
  • Posters – The posters to the forum are considered the driving force behind the community. On some forums, a poster may edit or delete his or her own posts, although sometimes these rights are reserved.
  • Moderator – The moderators are users of the forum which are granted access to the posts and threads of all members for the purpose of moderating discussion  and also keeping the forum clean
  • Administrator – The administrators “admin” manage the technical details required for running the site.
  • Post – A post is a user submitted message including the user’s details and the date and time it was submitted. Members are usually allowed to edit or delete their own posts.
  • Thread – A thread is a collection of posts, usually displayed – by default – from oldest to latest.A thread is defined by a title, an additional description that may summarise the intended discussion, and an opening or original post.
  • Spamming – Forum spamming is a breach of netiquette where users repeat the same word or phrase over and over, but differs from multiple posting in that spamming is usually a willful act which sometimes has malicious intent. It can also be traditional spam, unpaid advertisements that are in breach of the forum’s rules.
  • Double Posting – One common faux pas on Internet forums is to post the same message twice.
  • Troll – A troll is a user that repeatedly and intentionally breaches netiquette, often posting derogatory or otherwise inflammatory messages about sensitive topics in an established online community to bait users into responding, often starting flame wars. They may also link to shocksites or plant images on networks that others may find disturbing in order to cause confrontation.
  • Netequette– “Network etiquette” is a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction over networks. 25/11/08