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3.2 What is an FAQ, anyway? What is a Usenet newsgroup?




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This article is from the Asthma FAQ, by Patricia Wrean and Marie Goldenberg mwg@radix.net with numerous contributions by others.

3.2 What is an FAQ, anyway? What is a Usenet newsgroup?


The term FAQ is an acronym which stands for Frequently Asked
Questions. Often the term is also used for any document, such
as this one, which attempts to answer questions which are
frequently posted to a specific Usenet newsgroup. For example,
this is one of the three alt.support.asthma FAQs which attempt
to answer questions frequently posted to the newsgroup
alt.support.asthma.

A newsgroup is a world-wide electronic forum of discussion which
generally takes place over the Internet, each newsgroup having
its own topic of discussion. For more information about FAQs and
newsgroups in general, I recommend any of the periodical postings
in the newsgroup news.announce.newusers, particularly
"FAQs about FAQs" and "What is Usenet?" These last two may also
be accessed by sending mail to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu, with a
blank subject line, and with one or both of the following commands
in the message:

send usenet/news.answers/faqs/about-faqs
send usenet/news.answers/usenet/what-is/part1

Alternatively, if you're really in a hurry, you can get them via
anonymous ftp from rtfm.mit.edu, with the path names:

/pub/usenet/news.answers/faqs/about-faqs
/pub/usenet/news.answers/usenet/what-is/part1


 

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