cybernet awards 2008-1.pngFor this installment of the 2008 CyberNet Awards we are taking a look at some of the Most Useful Forums on the Internet. Forums are one of the best ways for me to find out about news, technology, and deals that I ordinarily wouldn’t hear about, and have helped me out when I’ve needed it.

Without further ado here are our most useful forums (excluding our own, of course)…

–5th Place: Neowin

The community that Neowin has managed to build is absolutely phenomenal. With over 200,000 registered members and more than 8 million posts, this is the first place a lot of tech enthusiasts turn to.

Neowin provides me with tips on customizing pretty much any operating system, and has users who are always on the bleeding edge. A good example of this can already be seen in the Windows 7 discussions that have been started.

–4th Place: The Green Button

I love my Windows Vista Media Center Machine, but there is so much that you can do that it is nice to have help when you need it. That’s where The Green Button comes in. Here people talk about the latest Media Center add-ons, tips, and troubleshooting. Even Microsoft realized just how useful a site like this is back in July when they decided to purchase it.

–3rd Place: SlickDeals

I’m always on the lookout for the best deal, and I sure have saved an unbelievable amount of money on the things I’ve picked up. Be careful though… you’ll find yourself buying things that you might not have otherwise, just because it’s too good to pass up.

–2nd Place: MacRumors

Ashley and I both decided to get Mac computers earlier this year because we wanted to be familiar with both Windows and Mac operating systems. The MacRumors forum has helped both of us solve any issues we have had as well as find the best software for accomplishing certain tasks. Both new and long time Mac users should find the MacRumors forum to be a valuable place for Mac knowledge.

–1st Place: DonationCoder

If learning about new software is as intriguing to you as it is to me then you’ll surely want to checkout the DoncationCoder forums. With 155,000+ members it’s a place any software lover will want to call home. I’ve found some great freeware apps thanks to this forum, and you’ll be amazed at how much the community is willing to help you out. I’ve even seen some people write up quick programs just to help another member.

–And Your Winners–

Now it is time for you to chime in! Let us know in the comments who earned your “Most Useful Forums” award.