I think my favorite bit of internal jargon from my time at The Verge is “deep forums.” I don’t even remember where the term came from at this point; I only know what it means.
You’re doing deep forums when you post in a super niche forum, or when you dive down a rabbit hole seeking information about a particular topic. I love deep forums; they’ve helped me with everything from learning how the intermediate shaft bearing in my vintage car might explode, to figuring out how to create maps for Counter-Strike in Valve’s Hammer level editor. For any given topic in the world, there’s a deep forum where obsessive and knowledgeable people are talking.
Part of what makes a forum “deep” is its obscurity. A deep forum is sort of like the deep web: something off the beaten path of the first few pages of Google Search results. Here are some telltale signs of a deep forum:
- Some users have tens of thousands of posts
- There’s a pinned years-old thread devoted to canonical information to prevent people from repeating common questions
- It’s using an outdated version of vBulletin
- People are having petty arguments about esoteric things, usually in what seems like an alien language