Internet messageboards have been around for a long time but can still seem
like a secret society for those who have never taken part in them.
This is a shame since they are excellent vehicles for knowledge sharing. You
can post a message to request help or stimulate debate on a particular subject
or respond to something that you have read on the board.
They can also act as a vehicle for networked learning (see
www.personneltoday.com). Taking part is simple and we have put together this
guide using the US site www.hr.com as an example. You will find that you have
to register to use most messageboards, but this should only take a few minutes.
Sites vary in how much personal information they require – some ask for only an
e-mail address and a password, while others will ask for your company name and
position. Once registered, you are free to access the forums.