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urban75 web project Build a vibrant online community
Spice up your sleepy site with an all-singing bulletin board.
By Mike Slocombe for Internet Magazine, May 2004

1. Introduction
Get a basic overview of how bulletin boards work and learn how they can add value to your site.
2. Starting out
Decide on a topic for your board, set up the individual forums and decide on a colour theme.
3. Moderation, privacy and legal issues
Learn how to monitor registrations, keep out pesky troublemakers and avoid unwanted attention from the law.
4. Maintaining your boards
Keep your community lean, mean and running smoothly with regular back ups and a team of eagled-eyed moderators.
5. Promoting and publicising your boards
Make sure that others get to hear of your boards and read our top tips to keep your community buzzing with lively debates.
6. Conclusion
Hopefully we've got you fired up and ready to start your own boards. Here's some final thoughts.
7. Info, links and resources
Recommended bulletin board software, jargon explained and PHP info.

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