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You can make a big difference to the effectiveness of a forum just by getting involved. This means
This is particularly important in the early stages of a forum. People need to feel they can trust each other, so they can 'risk' putting forward their ideas or asking questions.
Be yourself. Use examples from your own experience, perhaps share a little about your life outside study, and write more or less as you speak, rather than very formally which can come across as a bit pompous.
If you write your messages very clearly and make it easy for people to see how they fit into the discussion, then it's more likely others will read and consider your messages.
Use 'threading' properly. If someone replies to a message, then someone replies to the reply, and so on, then the whole 'chain' of messages is called a thread, and the forum software makes it easy to follow a thread. If you are introducing a new topic or issue, start a new thread with a new subject line.
Make the point of your message clear. A good way to force yourself to be clear is to add a one-sentence summary at the top of a longer message, such as "This message is to explain why...".
Keep to one subject per message. It's much better to send several messages if you have a number of topics to write about, because then people can reply to whichever topic they want and the separate discussions are in separate threads rather than being jumbled up.
Give reasons for your opinions. It's hard to discuss something with someone if they just state what they think without any justification. Use the word 'because' freely! Examples often help.