What is a FAQ?
A FAQ is a document that answers questions common to a particular subject or theme. In this case, FAQs.
What does FAQ stand for?
FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions.
When would I use a FAQ?
You would use a FAQ any time you wanted to explain something to people without having to do so on an individual basis. So it’s like a bullhorn that can be ignored.
What kind of questions does a FAQ address?
A FAQ addresses any questions that the writer feels are likely to be asked by people reading it.
How can the writer anticipate what questions will be asked?
It depends on the subject matter and the writer’s skill(z). If he’s writing about electricity, he’ll know people will ask about the difference between an amp and a volt. If he’s writing about Dungeons & Dragons, he’ll know people will ask what a +5 scimitar is, and what’s wrong with him.
Who takes it upon themselves to write a FAQ?
Anyone who has too much free time and feels they know a lot about the subject, be it Martin Van Buren or Flamenco.
What does a FAQ look like?
A FAQ often consists of questions in italics followed by answers to those questions.
Are FAQs useful?
Yes. For example, if Paul Revere had used one he’d have saved himself from riding all over Boston with this FAQ:
Q: Are the British coming?
How long is a FAQ?
The length of a FAQ depends on the subject matter. If it’s about a complex subject like dissociative identity disorder it could be very long. If it’s about David Spade or Grenada, one page will suffice.
What’s the most common way to end a FAQ?
Quite often a FAQ will end by acknowledging the people who put it together.
Thanks to Buster Poindexter, Fran Tarkenton, Crispin Glover’s neighbor Tyler, Jackson Browne, Anne Rice, Devo, Jeff from The Wiggles and the entire staff of General Dynamics for their help in putting this FAQ together.