FAQ is an acronym for Frequently Asked Questions. The practice of FAQ lists started in the 1980s on email discussion lists and Usenet discussion groups wherein regular users to various discussion forums found themselves answering the same questions from new users over and over again. Rather than continue to laboriously type out new answers for each wave of new users, established contributors started creating lists of frequently asked questions and their answers.
When digital communication shifted away from email and Usenet discussion to web-based forums and web sites, the FAQ came along for the ride. Today you can find FAQ files on everything from corporate web sites to obscure internet discussion forums.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 02/13/13