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Discussion board

Discussion board
A site that uses software to allow users to chat via messages posted over time.
discussion board
A site that seperates messages by topics, and allows a discussion about them.

Discussion boards are generally considered the precursors to things like Facebook or Twitter. Also known as a Forum or a Chat Group, the most common and popular software in this category is called phpBB. The comment sections on wordpress blog sites, as an example, is a limited form of a discussion board.