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12.3) Isn't the FAQ overly long?




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This article is from the comp.sys.acorn FAQ, by Paul Vigay with numerous contributions by others.

12.3) Isn't the FAQ overly long?

In a word, no.

To be slightly less terse it is worthwhile doing a comparison of the c.s.a FAQ with other newsgroup's FAQs. For this task I used a 'snapshot' CD ROM of the rtfm.mit.edu FAQ archive that was taken in March 1995. Here are a few sample sizes:-

FAQ                                      Size in bytes
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comp.sys.acorn (as posted 6th Jan 1999)  176,678
soc.feminism (resources list)            239,256
comp.sys.amiga (introduction)            167,632
comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware                 318,882
comp.sys.apollo                          162,638

As can be seen by the above table the size of the FAQ is neither overly large nor is it particularly uncommon. This FAQ has grown by about 60K over the last three years (not too bad IMHO!).

Having said that, this table was compiled in 1995 by Philip Banks, so the other FAQs are likely to have grown in size too.

 

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