The structure of Boards.ie
Before submitting a request, it is important that you understand the difference between a topic, a forum, and a discussion thread. Some users may use these terms interchangeably, which can cause some confusion, so here we will define what exactly is what:
- Boards.ie is broken down into several different topics (these can be referred to as Categories too). If you hover your mouse over the topics menu at the top of the screen, it will open up revealing the list of topics contained within (Education, Entertainment, Motoring & Transport, Social & Fun, and so forth).
These serve as the basis for sorting different types of discussions from one another, and help to keep discussions organised, and easy to find based on what it is you'd like to discuss. These topics/categories however, are only containers
, and are broken down further into more focused areas called Forums
- Every topic/category, is broken down into different forums. This is because a topic can cater to a huge variety of different things. For example, look at the Music topic - in here, you can discuss aspects of Music that range from Band Promotion, to Classical Music, to Instruments, to Songwriting. There are many others, and these are what we call Forums.
Forums help to organise and categorise different types of discussions, in order to again make it easier to find what it is you'd like to talk about. Without forums, everything would be all squashed in together (going back to the Music topic again, there'd be discussions on electric guitars, songwriting, classical music, band promotion, etc, all happening alongside each other - this would make it very hard to find what it is you'd like to discuss). By having forums, a user that wants to discuss electric guitars for example, would navigate to the Music topic in the menu at the top of the screen, expand it by clicking the small arrow, and then click on the Instruments forum. This way, everything is nicely organised, and easy to find.
- Once you've found the forum you want to be in, you will see it is populated with different discussion threads. Threads are the final way in which discussion is organised and further focused. Taking the Music -> Instruments example again (the topic of Music, and the forum for Instruments), a user will see that the forum has multiple different threads within, all discussing different aspects of musical instruments. From here, the user can partake in an existing thread if they choose, or they can create their own thread if they'd like to discuss something specific that isn't already being discussed.
That is in essence, the structure of Boards.ie (Topics for broad organisation, Forums for general organisation, and Threads for fine organisation).