Today a reader asked me to explain what the term “thread” means when it relates to a message board.


When you’re talking about messages of any kind, whether they are text messages, emails, posts to a forum, or comments on an article – thread just means that particular message or subject.

If someone asked a question about how to make type larger in Windows 7 and there were several suggestions – the original question and all the replies to it would be part of that message thread.

If there are a series of comments on a Facebook posting, all of the comments would be part of that comment thread.

It’s considered good etiquette to stick to the subject of the post