Which One is better and why, a Q&A website or a Forum?

Mackie

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Please give your opinion on which is better and why, a Q&A website or a Forum?
I'm thinking about building a Q&A website but I think forum can be better, is it right?
 

MightWeb

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For what purpose? A forum is great for..- Well, a forum - a community portal. A Q&A website is good for..- Well, a Q&A website! What's your target with the website, and its goal?
 

Carl0251

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Forums all the way. With a Q&A website you are much more limited.
 

Hyuga

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WIth forums you have alot more choices, so I suggest you a forum :)
 

ypson

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They are 2 different tools and should be used in tandem rather than a choice, if your setup calls for such.

The Q&A pertains to customer service while a Forum is a community.

EDIT: You might refer to those websites where a question is asked and many people provide answers, in which case it depends, something like stackoverflow would not work as well in a forum form. My answer above assumed you are referring to those knowledge base sections vs a forum.
 

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I grappled with this just recently. To me the question is, do you want to build a community or do you want to provide what your market wants - answers? I have seen great drops in "communities" as it seems that people are on "Fast Forward" mode on the Internet these days.

I believe that if your topic is more technology oriented, people may find a refined and moderated Q&A site more exacting to their needs. More general topics and public interchange would be best suited for the forum environment.

If you could restrict roles on a forum to closely mimic a Q&A / expert site, then you may find a comfort zone for many betwixt the two.
 

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Forum is better. Website are limited and you have a lot more choices.
 
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