A discussion board is an online discussion site where people could hold conversations in the form of posted messages. A conversation carried out on a discussion board was called a thread. (TOS novel: Ex Machina)

During the Sundering the Rihannsu planned many aspects of their future society on discussion boards. The modern Romulan belief in the Elements was originally a popular meme in these discussions, whose origin as a joke was forgotten over the ensuing centuries. The Romulans' secret fourth names likewise began life as discussion board usernames. (TOS - Rihannsu novel: The Romulan Way)

Discussion boards first appeared on Earth in the late 20th century, and with the growth of the Internet became a popular form of communication.

Discussion boards still existed in the 23rd century. Starfleet vessels such as the USS Enterprise hosted their own discussion boards on their computers.

While adjusting to returning to command of the Enterprise and the crisis that had developed on Lorina, Captain Kirk kept abreast of his crew's mood by reviewing the contents of the boards. This review revealed that the Enterprise crew held a wide range of opinions on the matter, with some questioning the timing of the Federation providing security assistance to the Lorina as well as Doctor McCoy's relationship with Natira. (TOS novel: Ex Machina)

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