"Why are there so many different types of forums?"
There are three forum types: public, protected,
Additionally, each forum can be either open or
moderated (See FAQ #6).
- Public Forum: Public forum is where everyone can participate
without registration. Everyone is allowed to read and post new threads.
- Protected Forum: Protected forum is read-only for non-registered members.
That is, if you want to post your own messages, you must first register.
- Private Forum: Private forum is only accessible by registered members with
one of the following user group: admin, moderator, and member. In order to access the
forums, however, the moderator of each forum must grant access on user to user basis.