Life's Great Mysteries: Forums


We're still in that quiet period in between seasons, so today I want to talk about forums. In particular, I was wondering how many forums people frequent and what about the forums attracts their attention, specifically anime forums.

From what I've noticed, anime forums often look similar, with general discussion sections to talk about certain anime and a downloads section where users can post links to download series. I use Cartoon World forums as a source for dual audio anime, but for the most part, I get anime directly from fansub sites.

Another use for forums to create a site for social interaction online. However, I find myself often using chats, like IRC and Skype, instead to communicate. Maybe I prefer to have the sense that I'm addressing someone specific, rather than just leaving a message for anyone to answer. But is it so simple?

Still, I understand that forums provide a much wider scope for communication, allowing you talk with so many more people than you can with a chat. But I feel like IRC is fairly similar if you find a popular enough one. You can definitely get some discussion going on with a plethora of people.

Another thing I'm wondering about is the forum rules. On one hand, it makes me hesitant about posting because I'm afraid of breaking the rules or re-posting something someone else has already said. But on the other hand, I don't have to deal with the constant stream of disturbing comments people say in chats (usually sexual in nature).

I think the best part of the forum is the permanence. Without having to go through the effort of starting a blog (like someone I know >.>), you can throw out information to the world for everyone to read as long as the forums stay up. In contrast, a chat won't show you the messages you've missed and it will clear when you close it.

I'd say that I want to get to the point where I'm reading forums often because of the wealth of knowledge that I'm sure to find there. I guess the problem I have is sifting through the bogus threads to reach the ones I really care about.

Another problem I have is how annoying it is to reply to someone with a fairly early post, since it just gets tagged at the end and I wonder if it'll even matter to make the reply. I guess I really just like the way blogs organize the comments.

So that's why I'm wondering what other people do to keep up with forum posts and such. I tried using email notifications, but that just becomes tedious sometimes for my inbox. So how do you do it? And which forums do you hang around? Any tips for an Asian guy with waaaay too much time on his hands?



  • feal87

    Dec. 31, 2011, 5:51 p.m.

    Forums, the place where normal people end up flaming about every single thing. I've never saw a forum without some big flame war during the course of his life...:P

    Anyway no, I don't actively partecipate in any blog atm...:)

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    feal87

    Dec. 31, 2011, 5:51 p.m.

    Anyway no, I don’t actively partecipate in any forum atm…:) (fixed)

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    marthaurion

    Dec. 31, 2011, 5:55 p.m.

    ...I don't flame things >.<

    I used to hang around on a Rubik's Cube forum, but I haven't really been around there lately. It was a nice way to learn about new techniques and new cubes and stuff

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  • Jura

    Dec. 31, 2011, 6:17 p.m.

    My earliest experiences with the Internet was with forums and at the time they were the greatest places to go for information, odd views, debate, or to have any sort of community. Forums are still great for discussion of niche topics, bringing people together who wouldn't normally find others of similar interests, and giving support for products or services.

    Another great thing over large social networks is that forums are often run very differently since there are many different people running them. Some hardly have rules, some have too many, and others actually have people who behave themselves to not need them.

    I generally either bookmark forums on my bookmarks bar or type in a few letters in the address bar so my browser can fill the rest. I prefer to have notifications on the forum when I'm logged in than email. If I decide to be a regular user I don't bother with them at all and instead jump straight into discussion.

    At some point I made my own forum. It's rewarding, but a lot of work unless you already have a ton of incoming traffic and members. Giving downloads often comes with costs and certainly legal or hosting issues. Anime has grown into something where it's easy to find people in your area and on social networks to where forums are often more than a forum these days with features or offerings of other sorts of content to be competitive.

    In a way a blog is easier when you're trying to make something of your own. With a blog it's just you or a few people who have to deal with writing and frequency.

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    marthaurion

    Dec. 31, 2011, 6:44 p.m.

    I really like the blogging atmosphere, but I feel like I'm missing out with the forums since it's so much easier for people to join them and so there would be more of them hanging around.

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