Frequently Asked Questions, FAQ short, English for frequently asked questions as well as frequently asked questions, are a compilation of frequently asked questions and the corresponding answers on a topic. Have become known FAQ in the information technology, especially the Internet, where many Usenet newsgroups have created a collection of FAQ, to relieve the forums. Because the principle of the FAQ has proven, there is this in many areas.


At the days of DOS programs were often added to text files called faq.txt. Later online FAQ supplemented offline readme file and the user manual. The first online FAQ wrote in 1982 of the NASA employee Eugene Miya.

Partially FAQ also be " preventive " created without them are preceded by corresponding frequent demands.


Term in the German

The Heise editor Andreas Stiller transferred the abbreviation into German as " questions, answers, Quintessences ". Another transfer is " questions and answers source ". Rarely do we see the literally translated abbreviation variant HGF for frequently asked questions.

In general, since the answers are available, the abbreviation Q & A ( questions and answers ) and the English equivalent Q & A ( Questions and Answers ) is used occasionally.


To illustrate the plural FAQ are also often abbreviated to " FAQs ": "FAQ " then it means a question (Q for Question) from a list of several " FAQs " (Qs for Questions). Although some are of the opinion this double plural formation is wrong or had a different sense, it is nevertheless widespread.

According to the dictionary is "FAQ" already plural, and stands for " frequently asked questions".


The debate is not clearly defined: FAQ can be pronounced as a word (such as fak ) either; or, alternatively, by individually pronounce each letter, english ( ie ˌ eɪ ɛf kju ː ) or German ( ˌ ku ː ː ɛf a ).