FAQ

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An FAQ is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers on a particular topic (also known as Questions and Answers [Q&A] or Frequently Answered Questions).wikipedia
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Usenet

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The format was then picked up on other mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups.
Usenet is culturally and historically significant in the networked world, having given rise to, or popularized, many widely recognized concepts and terms such as "FAQ", "flame", Sockpuppet, and "spam".

Jef Poskanzer

The first person to post a weekly FAQ was Jef Poskanzer to the Usenet [news:net.graphics net.graphics]/[news:comp.graphics comp.graphics] newsgroups.
He was the first person to post a weekly FAQ to Usenet.

Electronic mailing list

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The format is often used in articles, websites, email lists, and online forums where common questions tend to recur, for example through posts or queries by new users related to common knowledge gaps.

Pronunciation

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Since the acronym FAQ originated in textual media, its pronunciation varies.

Acronym

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FAQ is most commonly pronounced as an initialism, "F-A-Q", but may also be pronounced as an acronym, "FAQ".

Google Search

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Web page designers often label a single list of questions as an "FAQ", such as on Google Search, while using "FAQs" to denote multiple lists of questions such as on United States Treasury sites.

United States Department of the Treasury

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Web page designers often label a single list of questions as an "FAQ", such as on Google Search, while using "FAQs" to denote multiple lists of questions such as on United States Treasury sites.

Matthew Hopkins

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For example, Matthew Hopkins wrote The Discovery of Witches in 1647 as a list of questions and answers, introduced as "Certain Queries answered".

Catechism

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Many old catechisms are in a question-and-answer (Q&A) format.

Summa Theologica

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Summa Theologica, written by Thomas Aquinas in the second half of the 13th century, is a series of common questions about Christianity to which he wrote a series of replies.

Thomas Aquinas

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Summa Theologica, written by Thomas Aquinas in the second half of the 13th century, is a series of common questions about Christianity to which he wrote a series of replies.

Plato

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Plato's dialogues are even older.

Internet

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The "FAQ" is an Internet textual tradition originating from the technical limitations of early mailing lists from NASA in the early 1980s.

NASA

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The "FAQ" is an Internet textual tradition originating from the technical limitations of early mailing lists from NASA in the early 1980s.

ARPANET

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On ARPANET's SPACE mailing list, the presumption was that new users would download archived past messages through FTP.

File Transfer Protocol

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On ARPANET's SPACE mailing list, the presumption was that new users would download archived past messages through FTP.

Etiquette in technology

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Repeating the "right" answers became tedious, and went against developing netiquette.

Netlib

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A series of different measures were set up by loosely affiliated groups of computer system administrators, from regularly posted messages to netlib-like query email daemons.

Email

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A series of different measures were set up by loosely affiliated groups of computer system administrators, from regularly posted messages to netlib-like query email daemons.

Daemon (computing)

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A series of different measures were set up by loosely affiliated groups of computer system administrators, from regularly posted messages to netlib-like query email daemons.

Usenet newsgroup

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The format was then picked up on other mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups. The first person to post a weekly FAQ was Jef Poskanzer to the Usenet [news:net.graphics net.graphics]/[news:comp.graphics comp.graphics] newsgroups.

Mary Ann Horton

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Meanwhile, on Usenet, Mark Horton had started a series of "Periodic Posts" (PP) which attempted to answer trivial questions with appropriate answers.

Video game

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In some cases, informative documents not in the traditional FAQ style have also been described as FAQs, particularly the video game FAQ, which is often a detailed description of gameplay, including tips, secrets, and beginning-to-end guidance.

Crossposting

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Over time, the accumulated FAQs across all Usenet newsgroups sparked the creation of the "*.answers" moderated newsgroups such as [news:comp.answers comp.answers], [news:misc.answers misc.answers] and [news:sci.answers sci.answers] for crossposting and collecting FAQ across respective comp.*, misc.*, sci.* newsgroups.

Search engine optimization

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The FAQ page is an important consideration in web design, in order to achieve several goals of customer service and search engine optimization (SEO), including