Modern technology is evolving so fast, it is virtually impossible for a single human being to keep tabs on everything that is going on.
For that reason, there cannot possible be any “know-it-all” experts or a complete guide to fixing every possible computer problem.
Therefore, forums are more relevant now than ever.
Why You Should Pay Attention to Forums
Forums are very powerful elements of online community that bring like-minded people together. Most people discover forums through search engines when looking to have their questions answered.
If I have a computer problem to solve, I choose a forum over tech support every time.
When it comes to tech support, most of us are already familiar with how it usually goes. You call, you wait, and you wait, and then wait a little more. Then you try to explain what is going on, a person with a foreign accent suggests it is a virus, tries to upsell you something, and then you hang up with nothing to show for your wasted time.
Although not all forums are created equal, authority websites will usually have a strong community that will welcome you with open arms and answer all your questions without condescending remarks regarding your computer skills.
Whether you are dealing with a very common computer problem or an anomaly you cannot resolve no matter what you try, it is very likely that there is somebody in the world who has experienced the same issue. Needless to say, you will have your questions answered within minutes and get a chance to gain perspective from different opinions.
However, there are more reasons to join the forum community than just looking to have your questions answered. Being a part of a group of computer enthusiasts gives you a chance to connect with new people with similar interests, share you accomplishments and discoveries, and expand your knowledge.
Best Computer Forums to Watch in 2014
Here is a list of the most popular computer forums I have put together. Forum statistics reflect each forum’s engagement and popularity as of December 20, 2013.