Q: What is a thread, and what does this mean?
A: A thread is used in all forms of user discussions on the Internet containing a series of questions, thoughts, and opinions.
We know a forum thread is a good thing, but a thread can also be abused by users in a certain manner that can cause one of the following, causing a high chance of a thread lock:
Derailing(top)I know this sounds like an ugly topic, but this is when on a topic of a question, a user jumps in and ask questions, or looks for drama to cause the topic to lose its meaning.
Post-Farming(top)Ok, this is where another issue comes in. Post-Farming means any topic in which people post for the sake of increasing their post count, post farms often go unnoticed as people will post something which looks like they have something to say on the subject even though they are saying the same thing as everyone else.
Forum Spam(top)Forum Spamming consists of posts on Internet forums that contains related or unrelated advertisements, links to malicious websites, trolling and abusive or otherwise unwanted information. Forum spam is usually posted onto message boards by automated spambots or manually with unscrupulous intentions with one idea in mind: to get the spam in front of readers who would not otherwise have anything to do with it intentionally.
An example of a useless post by a user:
TimmySample posted a thread on Monday and left this message:
JoInMySeRvEr tOdAy, Mc ExAmPlE cOm, 24/7, InSeRt TeXT
Sources: Wikipedia, Webster Dictionary, Urban Dictionary, PC Magazine Encyclopedia