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Searching Newsgroups, Bulletin Boards, Web Forums, & Online Discussion Groups
Newsgroups, bulletin boards, and web forums may be the key when you're looking more for people's opinions or experiences than for hard facts. Online discussion resources are indispensable when you're after the solution to a problem or a particularly obscure bit of information. The Net abounds with tools that make it easy to connect with others, share ideas, and exchange information. These include newsgroups, mailing lists, web discussion forums, and chat and instant messaging services. They work differently, but all represent places where like-minded people gather to chat about subjects of mutual interest. There are literally thousands of them, something on every topic you can imagine. The resources below include chat software you can download and tools to help you find specific online discussion groups or databases of archived discussions. You may also want to check out our new Blogs and Blogging page, as this recent phenomenon has introduced yet another potent avenue of opinion-oriented research.
Tools for Finding Newsgroups & Online DiscussionsGoogle Groups (newsgroups) Yahoo Groups MailGate Web Gateway (newsgroups) NewsRanger (newsgroups) WebUsenet.com Usenet Replayer (newsgroups) Forum One (web forums) Tile.net NewsOne LSoft CataList Listserv Search PAML Mailing List Directory eScribe Mailing List Archive Topica (was Liszt)
Miscellaneous Discussion Sites
Many sites feature discussion boards, often under a link labelled "Community." Here are some examples:Silicon Investor Canadian Health Network Rick Steves Travel Discussions TravLang Travel Discussions ForumOne's Online Community Index ParentSoup Boards & Chat Women in Technology DigitalEve