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Use Google to find discussions on any topic by adding the inurl: prefix and the word forums or chat, as in gardening inurl:forums OR inurl:chat.
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Caution: children should be supervised when using these resources. Offensive language may be encountered in unmoderated message boards, and predators may lurk in chat rooms, especially those that cater to youngsters. Protect your kids with our safe surf resources.

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.