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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  FAQ \FAQ\ (f[a^]k), FAQ list \FAQ" list`\ (f[a^]k"l[i^]st`),
  FAQlist \FAQ"list\ (f[a^]k"l[i^]st`), pr. n. [acronym from
     Frequently Asked Questions.]
     A list of questions and answers concerning a specific topic,
     such as how to use a particular computer program. Many such
     lists contain answers to the most commonly asked questions
     about that topic, however the questions need not derive from
     actual queries. Such lists are often maintained in electronic
     form and made available on the World Wide Web. [acronym]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a list of questions that are frequently asked (about a
           given topic) along with their answers

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         Frequently Asked Questions (slang, Usenet)

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

   /F?A?Q/, /fak/, n.
      1. A Frequently Asked Question.
      2. A compendium of accumulated lore, posted periodically to high-volume
      newsgroups in an attempt to forestall such questions. Some people prefer
      the term ?FAQ list? or ?FAQL? /fa'kl/, reserving ?FAQ? for sense 1.
      This lexicon itself serves as a good example of a collection of one kind of
      lore, although it is far too big for a regular FAQ posting. Examples: ?What
      is the proper type of NULL?? and ?What's that funny name for the #
      character?? are both Frequently Asked Questions. Several FAQs refer readers
      to the Jargon File.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  frequently asked question
  FAQ list
      (FAQ, or rarely FAQL, FAQ list) A document
     provided for many Usenet newsgroups (and, more recently,
     web services) which attempts to answer questions
     which new readers often ask.  These are maintained by
     volunteers and posted regularly to the newsgroup.  You should
     always consult the FAQ list for a group before posting to it
     in case your question or point is common knowledge.
     The collection of all FAQ lists is one of the most precious
     and remarkable resources on the Internet.  It contains a
     huge wealth of up-to-date expert knowledge on many subjects of
     common interest.  Accuracy of the information is greatly
     assisted by its frequent exposure to criticism by an
     interested, and occasionally well-informed, audience (the
     readers of the relevant newsgroup).
     The main FTP archive for FAQs is on a computer called RTFM
     at MIT, where they can be accessed either by group
     ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by-group/comp.answers/)">(ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by-group/comp.answers/) or by
     ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by-hierarchy/)">hierarchy (ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by-hierarchy/).
     There is another archive at Imperial College
     ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/usenet/news-info/)">(ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/usenet/news-info/), London, UK and a
     web archive in Ohio
     The FAQs are also posted to Usenet newsgroups:
     news:comp.answers, news:news.answers and

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