A frequently asked questions (FAQ) list is often used in articles, websites, email lists, and online forums where common questions tend to recur, for example through posts or queries by new users related to common knowledge gaps. The purpose of a FAQ is generally to provide information on frequent questions or concerns; however, the format is a useful means of organizing information, and text consisting of questions and their answers may thus be called a FAQ regardless of whether the questions are actually frequently asked.
Since the acronym FAQ originated in textual media, its pronunciation varies. FAQ is most commonly pronounced[according to whom?] as an initialism, “F-A-Q”, but may also be pronounced as an acronym, “FAQ”. Web designers often label a single list of questions as a “FAQ”, such as on Google Search, while using “FAQs” to denote multiple lists of questions such as on United States Treasury sites. Use of “FAQ” to refer to a single frequently asked question, in and of itself, is less common.