This message board has been through a few different incarnations, however, most of the members have stayed together for nearly well over five years now. In its current home (http://cricketfansforum.net), we have representation from all the major nations, as well as lesser known cricketing countries such as Canada and even England. Our message board is moderated by the members themselves, with no external 'authority' arbitrarily determining appropriateness of content or discussion. Currently, we have an admin. team composed of members from Pakistan, England, India and Canada, which ensures that different values and beliefs are both heard and respected. The greatest value I gain from the message board is learning about other cultures, straight from the source. I wrote a piece earlier about cultural differences, and much of this was derived from what I have read, heard and debated with people from all round the world.
As noted by many people on the net, one of the most significant differences between a blog and a message board relates to who has control over the content. Blogs are driven an individual view or perspective, whereas the members ultimately have control over the direction of a message board. The humble message board is an incredibly powerful medium in gaining an understanding of the similarities and differences between various countries. It is through this process that we are able to learn why certain beliefs are held, and why some actions are considered more significant than intended. And through this, a better understanding of other countries is gained.
A blog is a wonderful forum to put forward ideas and thoughts. I have found that our message board is a great way to formulate the ideas and discuss them. If you haven’t joined a message board with a very diverse membership, I would encourage you to do so. It is a great experience to expand your horizons and knowledge of the world.