Forums are one of the most popular formats for group discussion on the Internet and often form an online community of their own. Most Web users are accustomed to some flavor of discussion forum. Drupal is equipped with a flexible Forum module, which you can configure to suit a number of different approaches to forums, leveraging the entire range of standard Drupal features such as categories, file uploads, and content filtering.
After you enable the Forum module, you must define some forums and optionally, some containers. Additionally, since a forum topic consists of a content node and comments, the configuration of the Comment module plays a large role in how your forums look and behave. The configuration page for comments is admin/comment/configure. See Chapter 2 for details on configuring comments.
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