Glossary Entry: Thread (forum)

Quick Definition

On an online forum*, a thread is a single discussion. The first post in the thread opens the topic, and everything after that is a reply.

Sometimes a discussion can leave the original post's topic. When this happens, some forums* may warn the members or close the thread. More laid back places generally let the conversation continue without a word.

Threads can be closed or locked by one of the forum's* administrators or moderators. When this happens, nobody can post anything more to that particular thread. Threads are most commonly closed when they break one of the forum's* rules or start a flame war*.

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