Forums, online communities, and message boards have become a key part of the online world. They create spaces for people from all over the world who share interests to collaborate and exchange ideas. This article looks into the top forum websites in the world as of 2022.
Reddit is a website that aggregates news from around the world and creates space for users to hold discussions and rate the web content. Registered members are the only individuals granted access to the site where they can also post their content including images, links, audios, memes, and videos to be voted on for ranking. Various topics are categorized into communities or sub-reddits. Since its founding in 2005, it has grown to have more than 500 million active users per month.
The online community founded in 2009 by two former Facebook employees is based on questions and answers in various topics and subjects available for users around the globe. It has more than 300 million active users monthly and its popularity is still growing.
This is an online code repository host for member content. Members are allowed to share their projects as the platform supports all file types. Developers can also collaborate on projects and they make the space better by suggesting new features and working together. It has more than 65 million software developers and is currently owned by Microsoft.
Imgur is an image-sharing website created in 2009 that started out by hosting memes and images trending on Reddit. The online image hosting and sharing site has more than 150 million users and a reach of 250 million people per month. The site members receive subscriptions that allow members to enjoy ad-free experiences with the billions of images hosted on the site.
5. StackOverFlow and StackExchange
Starting out as a software developers’ forum in 2008, the platform allows users to ask questions on software development and STEM-related topics receiving answers from enthusiasts and professionals from around the world. Answers submitted can be voted on depending on their efficacy. With more than 50 million users, the site offers quality by scanning questions posted to ensure they are strictly programming-based and are precise. Those that do not meet this requirement are rejected.
Gamers have gained more exposure and popularity given their online presence. Discord is an online community platform that offers real-time gamers’ communication.The platform records more than 15 million people logging in daily and more than 250 million registered users.
Medium hosts more than 60 million active monthly users and allows users to post long articles for viewers to read. With the capacity to link one’s social media accounts to the platform, one can direct their following to access their published works easily.
Steam is one of the top forum websites in the world that allows gamers to sell and buy games from one another and other gaming items, support, and communication among members of the gaming world. It currently has more than 30 million users.
9. Archive of our Own
Archive of our Own is a non-profit repository for fan-fiction and fan-works contributed by users. Created in 2008, users can create profiles and add their work and content to the site. They can create collections, take part in challenges, and import or bookmark other works. Those that share the same interests belong to subgroups therein. It has more than 2.5 million registered users who have contributed billions of work to the forum.
10. IGN Boards
IGN Boards is an abbreviation for Imagine Games Network. It is a massive online community with gaming forums, entertainment forums, sports forums, and other topical forums such as cooking, dating, space, and pets. It has more than 229 million active users that have also made their presence on other pages.