What was FAQ Farm?
FAQ Farm is the old name of this website. We used to call it "FAQ Farm: The WikiAnswers Community." It's always been about "wiki answers," even before we adopted wiki software in 2004. Starting in 2002, this site has been a place to grow individuals' questions and answers into FAQ-style answer resources for the whole world to use.
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FAQs FAQs are a set of F requently A sked Q uestions and answers on agiven topic. Sometimes people will refer to an individual question as a FAQ, butmore precisely it means …a collection of questions and answers, notjust one. A game FAQ is often a sort of walkthrough for the game, usuallybased on Frequently Asked Questions, especially about cheats. *NOTE: This word is not necessarily a slang term.*
FAQ Farm Logo . There was no special significance to the pig in FAQ Farm's logo.. We used a farm metaphor for the site because our mission is to grow questions and answers….. Playing on the farm metaphor, we used graphics of farm animals.
Included within these discussion pages is part of WikiAnswers' history. I split the question in order to preserve it.
FAQ Farm no longer exists under that name. That was one of the sites that Answers absorbed.
How do you change your FAQ Farm username so that other people cannot find you through a search engine?
Privacy and Usernames . \nTo maintain privacy, do not use your real name anywhere on this website or on other websites.\n. \nIf your real name appears on your FAQ Farm Bio… Page or on a question you answered, edit it out.\n. \nIf you used your real name as your username (your FAQ Farm sign-in) you will need to e-mail info@FAQFarm.com and ask that it be changed.
F=facts A=answers Q=questions A farm has numerous livestock and crops..that means many variousthings are on a farm.. so this website has facts, answers, andquestions that ran…ges on various subjects just like a farm rangeson various animals.. Answer 2: I believe the above answer makes for an interesting interpretation. The abbreviation has had the meaning of Frequently Asked Questionsand I believe it was the founders intention of the website torepresent farming answers out of questions. That is to say that there would be questions that would be askedand answered and out of those questions and answers people wouldcreate new questions that would get answered and the cycle wouldcontinue. Kind of like a person that grows crops and starts with seeds andafter a while they grow larger and larger until you have a greatbig crop, this website has grown by seeding questions and thegenerosity of its users to answer them that it has grown into thesize that it is today and has the potential to get much larger.
\n WikiAnswers \n. \nAt the beginning of 2007 we officially changed our name from FAQ Farm to WikiAnswers. We did this for a variety of reasons:\n. \n* FAQ Farm has grea…t meaning but it is subtle. Most people don't understand it right away.\n. \n* FAQ Farm can easily be confused with similar sounding or similar looking names such as Fact Farm, Fat Farm, or worse (try replacing the "q" with a "g").\n. \n* We have been a wiki since 2004. Many people didn't understand wikis three years ago but more and more people are coming to understand the term.\n. \n* In November 2006 we became part of Answers.com. WikiAnswers connects with the Answers name better.\n. \nFor more of the background debate on whether to make the change, see this discussion from the summer of 2006: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Discuss:Should FAQ Farm change its name to WikiAnswers.com
WikiAnswers and Answers.com . \nIn November 2006 FAQ Farm changed from being an independent website owned and operated entirely by Chris Whitten (with a few thousand volunt…eers!) to being part of Answers.com. At the start of 2007 FAQ Farm changed its name to WikiAnswers.\n. \nWhy did Chris Whitten make the decision to join Answers.com? He felt that this was the best way to enable the community to keep growing and take things to the next level technologically.\n. \nThere are questions that can and should be answered by human beings. But many questions have been asked and answered a million times and exist in reference books. Plus, many basic questions can be answered automatically if the right search tools are in place. When it comes to these latter sources of answers, there is no better site that Answers.com.\n. \nWe are working on systems that get people with questions the fastest, most reliable answers possible, and enable people who are willing to help with answers focus on the interesting questions that deserve their attention.
Answer . WikiAnswers changes every day. Although FAQ Farm was always improving upon itself, the pace of change has increased since it became part of Answers.com and changed… its name.. We have a growing staff. When this site was FAQ Farm, Chris Whitten was the only person who worked on it full-time. We now have a full-time programmer, Oleg, a community coordinator, Crystal, a product developer, and many more.. We have a growing team of volunteer Supervisors. There used to be just a few dozen. Now there are more than 50.. Traffic to the site has increased dramatically.
No . As of August 2007 Chris Whitten is no longer a full-time employee of Answers.com.
( From Crystal on the Supervisors' forum... ) Chris Whitten, the founder of this very site when it was FAQ Farm and a very dear friend, sent me this e-mail: "I'm sorry t…o say I don't have a good answer. FAQ Farm evolved very gradually, through un-romantic steps. In 2001 I had been hosting various discussion forums on websites such as FoundingFathers.info, NewYorkHistory.info, and MaineHistory.info. The germ of the idea for FAQ Farm was that I noticed a lot of the activity in the forums (as it is in all forums) was Q&A. When I started the FAQ Farm site in 2002 I moved a lot of Q&A from the old forums to this new site. In the early days I also did a lot of seeding. I wrote a bunch of Q&A myself, e.g. on dental care, insurance, resumes, and job interviews. It might be interesting to find the first question asked on the wiki software in 2004. It would be about guns or pregnancy since those are the first two topics I moved to the new system. Oleg may be able to find this through the database, since they should be timestamped." The first question... Are both boys and girls available for adoption in equal numbers? Oleg commented that this question was asked before 2004 (there's no exact date, because it was asked before the move to Mediawiki)â¦ So there you have it... history. And here's some more... The oldest question ever changed (it was split) was "What is the value of 1991 and 1992 Silver Eagle Dollars in hard plastic shells and velvet colored cases with an eagle on top with certificates of authenticity." The first question after the name of the website was changed to WikiAnswers has not been able to be determined at this time.
FAQ Farm founder Chris Whitten was the founder of FAQ Farm. More information can be found in a related question located below.
In Questions about WikiAnswers
Yes, but he does not have a formal role. Chris still stays in touch with the good folks at Answers.com who now operate this site and he does answer a question once in a while,… such as this one. His central project now is a site called WikiTree.com, for collaborative family history.
In The History of WikiAnswers
In Acronyms & Abbreviations
Depending on pronunciation, both statements are correct. To clarify, if you pronounce "FAQ" as "fack", as in trying to make the letters into an actual word, you could say "So,… I read a FAQ the other day, it was helpful." If, however, you pronounced it as three separate letters (like an acronym), F.A.Q., then you could use "an FAQ", used it in the phrase "I don't know the answer, why not check an FAQ ?" 1. See the rule of English if Front consonant letter sound; than A, but if Vocal sound than An-Definitive and Indifinitve article answers yours the best of your question above.
In Questions about WikiAnswers
FAQ Farm was created in 2002 by Chris Whitten. In 2004 the site changed to a "wiki" style page. In 2006 the site merged with the answers website and in 2007 adopted the nam…e wikianswers.