Readers picked r/atheism @ Reddit as the Favorite Atheist Forum of 2011. Reddit and its sub-reddits may not have a traditional forum format or look quite like a "community" if one is accustomed to social networking sites, but I accepted nominations for it in this category because it definitely serves the same functions as both — it does provide a space for conversations like a forum and it does have a strong, vibrant community of atheists, agnostics, secularists, and freethinkers.
Online forums and communities are important for atheists because so many of use isolated in our regular lives. It's only online that many atheists are able to find other nonbelievers, be themselves, and talk to others who accept them for who and what they are.
It's a shame that online communities have to be so important, but they are and there are a lot of great atheist forums and communities on the internet. The best atheist forums are able to provide a variety of resources for its members — social, educational, and more.
All of the finalists for Favorite Atheist Online Community are fantastic candidates and I'm sure that many readers found it difficult to decide which to vote for. If you haven't already become a member of these different communities and given them a try, I encourage you to do so. If you don't quite find what you're looking for in one then you should be able to find it in another — if not in more than one!