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forumHead I spend so much time online nowadays with blogging, reading blogs, researching, writing and a little more reading. This is the information age and there is so much knowledge out there.

But when I suggest a forum to a non-technical friend I usually get that “deer trapped in headlights look” – you know exactly what I am talking about!

Blogs offer insight into one person’s head and in the case of MakeUseOf a lot of people’s heads. But a forum is a collection of peoples posts and comments as a way to share knowledge.

I use a lot of different forums for my Windows Mobile Phone addiction, my all things software and hardware site and a little Car fun with my automobile forum. I am going to show you these three really good forums I use daily and what they are all about. Hey I might even convince you to go check out some forums that are right up your alley!


First up is XDA Developers. XDA, as I affectionately call it, is my one stop shop for customizing, troubleshooting and modifying any HTC device. If you have not read my Windows Mobile Guide The Ultimate Guide To Your Windows Mobile Phone [PDF] The Ultimate Guide To Your Windows Mobile Phone [PDF] Read More ,  you should check it out. I talk extensively about XDA in it.

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This community is simply amazing and if you have a problem with your device simply scroll down, locate your device and enter the forum. My device is still the HTC Touch Pro (Raphael) you can do a Control F for find and type in the name or just look.

Here is what my selection looks like:

top web forums

Now I like to “Flash” custom ROM’s on my phones so I normally stick to the Raphael ROM development forum. I download firmware from here and ask questions related to getting my device to do exactly what I want and how I want it – pretty anal huh? Still my phone behaves as I want it to thanks to this amazing forum.

Next up is another site I am on all day long. It is ITKE or the IT Knowledge Exchange for those of you that have never heard of it. You can see how much I love it from this past article IT Knowledge Exchange - A free version of Experts Exchange ! IT Knowledge Exchange - A free version of Experts Exchange ! Read More on it.

ITKE simply rocks when you have an IT issue that you need help with. Feel free to post your questions or search through their extensive database of gagillions of questions and answers.

top web forums

As you can see above there are loads of tags that can help you narrow down your search as well as the search bar at the top.

Let’s say today I am getting my ass kicked all over the place by our Windows 2003 DNS server”¦ I can simply search for my issue and”¦

best web forums

More than 1,500 records!  If you cant find what you are looking for sign up for a free account and ask away like so:

best web forums

This forum seriously keeps me busy all day long! I love participating and answering questions as much as I like having my problems solved for me by the community! They also give away prizes to participants in the community. Definitely a forum worth checking out.

And now finally on the leisure side (I guess some people think IT and Mobiles are leisure as well!) we have a little site called Forum Automotive and as you could probably discern from it’s title, it is all about cars.

best web forums

By hitting that drop down menu at the top you can get a glimpse into the wide range of automotive topics check it out below:

most popular web forums

Just like the other forums you can pick topics, search or simply browse around. I went ahead and picked the SUV forum to show you what the individual forums look like on here:

most popular web forums

Feel free to click on a item or post a new topic just like the other forums. All forums allow you to browse but you cannot post or download attachments without registering and verifying an account.

Long story short, forums are a great source of information and knowledge! Where are you getting yours from? We would love to hear about it in the comments.

  1. Admilibly
    December 9, 2009 at 1:54 am

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  2. Anthony Russo
    October 12, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    XDA is great. I am a big fan of Experts-Exchange at experts-exchange.com. It seems very similar to your mentioned ITKE.

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  3. $200 Laptops
    October 11, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Good information! Does anyone know of a good forum directory that lists forums by subject or interest area?

    • AP
      November 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm

      technorati.com

  4. Buffet
    October 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Try Lockergnome Nexus!

  5. My Link is Educated
    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 am

    actually all of them I've never heard before, I think DP will be one of them cos it is strong candidate of very popular web forum.

  6. Gregor
    October 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Hey,

    i defo agree with xda-developers! i just love it!

    i would also suggest Neowin.net forums- my personal #1 forums on Internets! really, just go check # of registered members and active members.

    Got computer problems- head there :)

  7. Robomaster
    October 9, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Interesting article - I've never heard of any of those forums before, I wonder how you consider them "top forums." Maybe I just somehow was shielded from them. Hm...?

    • Jdawg
      October 12, 2009 at 12:20 am

      XDA is by far the most well known and most heavily referenced forum within the WM community. Although they do mostly only work on hacks and workarounds for HTC devices (originally the company was XDA which is where the name comes from), they do some generic WM help, as well as some help for non HTC devices. For those of you out there with non HTC devices though, I would definately recommend modaco.com. They have information on a variety of WM devices. They also have a bunch of other forums for Android, iPhone, etc. that are extensions of the site. It is an excellent and very helpful community. Another site for those of you with non smartphones is howardforums.com. They have sections for every phone imaginable.

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