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(`FAQs' & `PIPs')



FAQs or "Frequently Asked Questions" and PIPs or "Periodic Informational Postings" started out in news groups as a way to try to keep groups focused on new and interesting issues rather than on issues which had been discussed over and over for years and years. In 1991 the news.answers group was created so that FAQs could be crossposted to this group and people could easily scan this group for just the FAQs. In 1992 the rest of the "big 7" *.answers groups were created and in 1995 the humanities.answers group was created. Today there are over 2500 FAQs that are regularly posted to news groups and archived on Web, Gopher, and FTP servers around the world. Usually the easiest way to find a FAQ is to use the search abilities of one of the hypertext archives.

Note: It is common to use the term "FAQ" to refer to any periodic posting, even though it may not be in Q & A format. In the rest of this page I use `FAQ' in this way, i.e., to mean any periodic posting.


Finding Hypertext FAQs

These four sites HTMLize all FAQs that are posted to the *.answers groups, and let you search or browse through the FAQs. All URLs in each FAQ are turned into links and thus you can easily jump to the maintainer's hypertext version of the FAQ, if there is one.

The following sites contain links to some hypertext FAQs organized by category. They are not comprehensive.


Finding Plain Text FAQs

FAQs are posted in plain text format and spend some time in the *.answers groups. Since news articles expire, sometimes very quickly, you often will not be able to find the FAQ you're looking for in the news group(s). You can find the plain text version of the FAQ in these archives:


Other FAQ-Related Links



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