Glossary Category P

Public community

A public community is accessible by anyone. Non-members can browse all the content created in the community, which increases brand awareness and visibility. It’s typically easy for people to join these communities.

Profile

A profile is a page of an online community or social media site that represents information about a user or business. These pages allow other members of a community to discover more about the user.

Private online community

A private community is a community that is closed to the outside world. All the discussions and content shared in the community is visible to the members only. Private communities may have stricter requirements about who can join than public…

Pruning topics (archiving/read only)

Old topics never die, they just get archived. Inactive topics can be “frozen” so no new posts can be added, and they can also be archived, which means they will no longer show up on the active topic lists. They…

Private Online Community

This kind of community is open only to those members who have been granted access to it. The content within it can only be read by those people who have login credentials or have gone through a paywall or have…

Postcount

A measurement of how many posts a certain user has made. Users with higher postcounts are often considered more reputable than users with lower postcounts, but not always. For instance, some forums have disabled postcounts with the hopes that doing…

Post

A post is a user-submitted message enclosed into a block containing the user’s details and the date and time it was submitted. Members are usually allowed to edit or delete their own posts. Posts are contained in threads, where they…

Personal Profiles

Encouraging members to create personal profiles gives everyone in the community a tool to get to know other members. Encouraging members to view others’ profiles, and keeping their own profiles up to date helps build a sense of community. Profiles…

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