This article is from the Final-Fantasy and other Square Soft Games FAQ, by email@example.com (Nick Zitzmann) with numerous contributions by others.
Why is the FAQ being posted to newsgroup XXX?
The FAQ is too big to post!
Why don't you post the FAQ more/less often?
There's a little bit of misunderstanding among many of the people in the
This is an **official** UseNet FAQ. The maintainer noticed that there
was no official FAQ for this newsgroup, so he wrote one to answer many
questions that were asked repeatedly over and over again in the
newsgroup that everyone was getting tired of answering. After it was
written and posted it originally, it was then sent it to the UseNet FAQ
people at MIT to turn it into an official FAQ.
Because this is an official UseNet FAQ, there are some restrictions on
what can and can't be done with the FAQ:
1. No one but the FAQ maintainer can post the FAQ.
2. Changes in the FAQ header are extremely trivial. In order for the
maintainer to add or drop newsgroups, he needs to send mail to the FAQ
people and wait for them to approve of the change. FAQ maintainers can't
change the headers by themselves, they have to request and then be told
to do so.
3. The FAQ people are extremely backlogged in mail. It takes nearly a
month in order to approve of the changes.
4. The FAQ is posted once a week. If it was posted posted more often, it
would not only be a waste of bandwidth, but a nightmare to archive.
Since the FAQ is archived at an FAQ FTP server at MIT along with the
rest of the UseNet FAQs (ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by-group/), we
don't want to flood them with FAQs to archive.
As for the FAQ being too large to post, it depends on your newsreader.
Most newsreaders for Mac and Windows systems aren't especially graceful
with large articles, especially some Windows newsreaders which don't
allow custom headers. The FAQ is posted using plain old Inews on a Unix