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I'm looking for UX discussion forums and haven't found many active ones. Maybe I'm googling wrong?

This site has a chat/discussion area which is nice, but is not really the traditional threaded topic style discussion forum.

So does such an active UX forum site exist?

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I think this belongs on meta. –  Chris Morgan Nov 18 '11 at 11:51
    
How is it meta it's not about this site. I only mention this site as not having what I was looking for. Man people on the stack sites seem to love moving questions around. –  Lee Whitney Nov 19 '11 at 15:04
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Not to my knowledge, but perhaps a much better UX question is, "WHY are there no/few traditional UX discussion forums?"

In the evolving web, traditional, threaded discussion forums are becoming a thing of the past. Why? Traditional forums are usually built around legacy principles. They tend to lack or aren't built around these features/ideas which today's web demands:

  • Article tagging instead of categorization/filing
  • User contribution, feedback, and interactivity
  • Some form of social networking/profiling (they can become "cliquey")
  • Scalability and user or 'intelligent' customization
  • Performance

I always used to add forums to the sites I built... but that was years ago. I see this less and less now.

Anyway, on Stack Exchange sites I find what I am interested in, good at, etc, much quicker than I do on any traditional forum. So I know I haven't directed you to a good, active, UX forum, but at least now you can know why.

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Good points, but I think the asker is looking more for a site where he can discuss UX rather than participate in Q&A, I'm not entirely sure if they really require a forum or if that's just how they're used to looking for "discussion" areas. –  Ben Brocka Nov 18 '11 at 14:31
    
Valid. I wish I could have been more help there. :) Perhaps some specific types of UX discussion would be available, e.g. website design, iPhones/Androids, or other particular platforms. There are plenty of all of those types of forums. –  Matt Nov 18 '11 at 14:37
    
There's plenty of web design forums, the only discussion/forum based ux things I'm familiar with are some linkedin groups. While I love the idea of linkedin I hesitate to actually recommend them...the site is rather awkward and they're not very large communities. –  Ben Brocka Nov 18 '11 at 14:43
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