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Free Software Magazine: phpBB: Creating Online Communities

“One of the focuses of modern websites is the creation of a
community–giving users the feeling that they are part of a larger
group of like minded individuals who can share information and
experiences.

“There are lots of potential ways in which this can be achieved,
but one of the easiest is to provide a system that enables people
to talk and share ideas. On the internet, the well-known (and still
heavily used) forum for that process has been Usenet. Usenet,
however, is global. And, although discussions are organized into
different newsgroups, these are very general and there is no
guarantee that they would be copied to your locally available news
server…”

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