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Thread (relating to forum)

A forum thread consists of the combination of a topic, a posting, and a reply.  Using Thread View, you are able to match replies to specific postings in the time/date order in which they were posted so you can see how the discussion progresses with time.  See this FAQ for example screenshots.

Topic (relating to forum)

Forum topics are used to set the subject of the discussion.  The discussion progresses and builds as others respond to the initial question or comment.  Some forum types allow for multiple topics to be introduced, whilst others only allow for a single topic.  Forum etiquette demands that participants stay on topic and speak to the issue at hand rather than introducing new material that is unrelated to the discussion.