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FAQs[edit]

I think the Wiki page for FAQ should be set up in FAQ format, such as

What does "FAQ" stand for?[edit]

"FAQ" or "F.A.Q." is an abbreviation for "frequently asked questions." 173.249.64.220 (talk) 13:26, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

"a FAQ" vs. "an F.A.Q."[edit]

I has seen both "a FAQ" and "an FAQ" recently. Since this article says FAQ is normally pronounced fack and F is not a vowel, may I suggest we endeavour to stick to "a FAQ"? -- SGBailey 08:01 Dec 17, 2002 (UTC)

There is no standard pronunciation. Some people think "F. A. Q." sounds too long or technical. Some people think "fack" sounds too much like a vulgarity. USENET is a textual medium, where people type words rather than pronouncing them, so there is not too much surprise that there are different pronunciations. The English article (a/an) depends on pronunciation of the following sound -- which is why some say "a historical moment" and others say "an historical moment" -- so it isn't going to be settled. --FOo
I've seen many people outside of the internet using FAQ exclusively as F.A.Q., and thus put my name down as a supporter of "an FAQ" over "a FAQ". 'Fack' sounds too close to another four-letter word beginning with f, and fax.
The introduction now mentions the punctuation (and choice-of-article) ambiguity. Steve Summit (talk) 04:36, 16 December 2005 (UTC)
I never worried about "fak" sounding vulgar, but when speaking about plural FAQ (which is more often the case these days) it tends to get confused with "fax" or "facts." I've noticed long time users of "fak" moving to "F. A. Q." because less tech-savvy co-workers get mixed up. Durty Willy 03:47, 16 February 2006 (UTC)
I decided to be bold and remove the citation needed tag on the pronunciation and just say that it can be either, which makes use of the first reference. Spalding (talk) 13:54, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

I think it's also interesting to consider USENET FAQs as a textual tradition, genre, or form, much as "encyclopedias" or "sonnets" or "midrashim" are. There are things which are common in an FAQ aside from just questions and answers. For instance, definitions of commonly used terms, descriptions of officially unsettled topics (or those likely to provoke flamewars), and for that matter an authoritative tone which -- while it might not be NPOV, often tries to sound like it! --[[User:Fubar Obfusco|FOo]

change title to "FAQ List"?[edit]

Once upon a time, "FAQ" tended to refer to a single friendly-asked question, and a set of them was an "FAQ List". The article mentions this, but I'm wondering if the main title should be "FAQ List", with the obvious redirect from "FAQ". Opinions? Steve Summit (talk) 04:36, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

I don't know. I remeber a lot of usage of "FAQ list" but that doesn't seem to be seen very often these days. Instead, FAQ becomes pluralized into "FAQs," which seems pretty much covered by the current article, as disjointed as it is right now. Durty Willy 03:50, 16 February 2006 (UTC)

What about the answers?[edit]

Sure, FAQs are a list of the questions, but where are the answers? How about Friendly Asked Questions and Answers? FAQA? I'm mostly joking but I do remember going to one site that had a FAQ with no answers, because it wasn't a 'FAQA'. --DevastatorIIC 00:29, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

You have to be on and understand Usenet. By the mid-1980s with the Great Re-Org, the convention in various news group hierarchies were to have moderated collections of vetted (I am trying to avoid using a particular word posts. The naming convention was *.answers, so we have comp.answers, sci.answers, misc.answers, alt.answers, etc. FAQA would be news.announce.newusers. The whole Usenet page still needs a lot of work. 198.123.49.110 (talk) 18:42, 27 May 2010 (UTC)

pronounce[edit]

Isnt FAQ also pronounced as "fuck you"? Because those little questions are annoying from an expert view and some might think "Fuck you, your question is so fucking banal." —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 141.83.4.187 (talk) 13:11, 21 February 2007 (UTC).

No. 143.232.210.38 (talk) 00:12, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
Nope. It was not like RTFM nor TFNG. 198.123.60.200 (talk) 22:23, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

LOL. I am using this pronounciation. But it makes sense if you look at the word as fa-cue. Or: fa... OMG, I don't know how to pronounce, let's just spell the letter. 83.99.184.75 16:38, 1 April 2007 (UTC) (J7n)

Any semblence to the pronunciation of the world "fact" is purely coincidental and in fact, should be avoided. Not assurance that these lists contain facts. 143.232.210.38 (talk) 00:12, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

no Abby[edit]

Deleted the line "The newspaper "help" columns of "Ann Landers" and "Dear Abby" can be considered in the style of the (Q&A) format", since simply answering questions isn't the same as a FAQ-- in fact, it is pretty much the opposite of a FAQ, since the idea of FAQ is to provide a source so people can just go to the source, and not bother experts with friendly asked questions. Geoffrey.landis 14:57, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

O OMEN EINAI O KALITEROS FILOS DAN BAM OMEN :) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.202.36.52 (talk) 19:15, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

In the World Wide Web[edit]

"In the World Wide Web, FAQ nowadays tend to be stored in content management systems (CMS), or in simple text files." What's the point of this line?--188.177.168.226 (talk) 19:45, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

Turtles[edit]

What is the differece between when the turtle has a girlor a boy.? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.185.60.254 (talk) 11:59, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Pls provide me solution of this Ques of MBA from working capital management..[edit]

QUE-

1.Sakthi Traders has a contribution/sales ration of 20% and average book debts of Rs. 10 lakhs which it collects in an average collection period 24 days. The company reorganized its ‘Credit Administration’ department recently and introduction a cash incentive of 5% to speed up collection of outstanding. The incentive is payable to customers making payment within 10 days. When the company reviewed the position after a few months it was found that the average collection period has actually fallen to 20 days only and the average book debts had increased to Rs. 10.50 lakhs mainly as a result of some increase in sales. It was also noticed that only about half the total sales availed of the cash discount. The company’s cost of raising additional funds in 20%. Do you recommend continuance of the cash incentive scheme? Show workings. Assume one year = 360.

pls sent me solution of this ques on <details removed>

Thanks in advance..

Regards-

Pretty —Preceding unsigned comment added by 180.233.120.122 (talk) 07:20, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikipedia. Your question appears to be a homework question. I apologize if this is a misinterpretation, but it is our aim here not to do people's homework for them, but to merely aid them in doing it themselves. Letting someone else do your homework does not help you learn nearly as much as doing it yourself. Please attempt to solve the problem or answer the question yourself first. If you need help with a specific part of your homework, feel free to tell us where you are stuck and ask for help. If you need help grasping the concept of a problem, by all means let us know. 212.68.15.66 (talk) 12:25, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

FAQK?[edit]

In some places I have seen the abbreviation "FAQK" but have no idea where th K comes from. See, e.g., the satirical Wikipedia FAQK from a 2006 edition of Wired magazine. If anyone can source a definition of FAQK, it would make a good addition to this article. — ℜob C. alias ÀLAROB 16:04, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

Usefulness and relevance of FAQs?[edit]

I am tempted to add something about the common frustration with FAQs in that they are so often not questions that are frequently or even asked at all! This was parodied in just a few Dilbert cartoons that were certainly memorable for me. This link shows only two cartoons but I remember more, centering on Dogbert making them as obscure and ridiculous as possible, which I thought was hilarious, mainly because it rings so true,

http://search.dilbert.com/search?w=Dogbert+faq&asug=&view=list&filter=type%3Acomic&x=0&y=0

Does anyone else think adding this type of info would make sense? I did add the link on Infrequently asked questions about FAQs which was the result of a Google search "FAQ usability", and I think that the web page's references are great sources for further elaboration on this subject. Spalding (talk) 14:04, 1 December 2013 (UTC)


An academic study of FAQ/RTFM[edit]

BTW: I published a study of FAQs and RTFM as a practice (as it relates to geeks and geek feminists) that folks might want to make use of in the article. -Reagle (talk) 13:08, 13 April 2015 (UTC)