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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.