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"An Internet forum is a discussion area on a website. Website members can post discussions and read and respond to posts by other forum members. An Internet forum can be focused on nearly any subject and a sense of an online community, or virtual community, tends to develop among forum members.
An Internet forum is also called a message board, discussion group, bulletin board or web forum. However, it differs from a blog, the name for a web log, as a blog is usually written by one user and usually only allows for the responses of others to the blog material. An Internet forum usually allows all members to make posts and start new topics."
44 Photo Forums But Zero Dedicated To Photo Scanning!
The photography community is certainly no stranger to Internet forums. In fact, according to Photo.net there are at least 44 primary photography forums with more than 3000 daily postings. Yet, a quick review of these reveals a glaring gap in the area pertaining to photo scanning. Instead of any forums dedicated for this purpose, tens of thousands of questions and their resulting threads totaling an excess of 100,000 responses are scattered about throughout the various other photo related forums. As such, it can be difficult for the more casual user to be able to locate a topic that is being discussed on a subject about scanning photographs they are seeking information. This is especially true in instances where a photography blog may relegate the art of photo scanning to less than primary topic status.
PhotoScanningForum.com This past month, E-Z Photo Scan announced it was helping to spur head the effort create a new forum designed to offer the opportunity to discuss photo & slide scanning topics.
This new site...http://PhotoScanningForum.com also includes the development of an ongoing list of organizations providing photo scanning services, both in the U.S. and elsewhere around the globe.
Lots of Ways to Participate
There are many different ways to participate in the PhotoScanningForum. A lot of individuals will simply choose to passively observe and read the comments of others who post questions, offer advice and make comments. Others who elect to participate as a member can interact in topics and discussions. It is completely FREE to participate.
Currently, The PhotoScanningForum has located nearly 1000 organizations or individuals who have some type of web presence identifying them as performing photo and/or slide scanning services. As these professionals begin to participate, the Forum will be another useful resource for individuals looking for an independent place to turn for information.
In fact, these providers can have their organizations 'pin-pointed' on a special PhotoScanningForum map by going through a simple, 2-step process. It too, is completely FREE!
Although in its infancy, plans are already in place to find photo scanning related blogs and get them listed on the Forum. Meanwhile, as the community of members continues to grow, the number of posts and responses will increase. The PhotoScanningForum looks forward to connecting the photo scanning community together to offer a unique way to explore, discuss, share, & critique techniques as it practices the art of scanning photography.
To learn about participating in the PhotoScanningForum download this PDF, or visit Welcome New Users.
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