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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Usenet newsgroups, mailing list groups, and other affiliations of like-minded individuals on the Internet will usually designate a more senior member of their band to assemble and publish a list of frequently asked questions, in an often futile effort to keep from answering them quite as frequently.

file extension
in DOS, this refers to the 3-letter part of a filename after the period; for UNIX, Macintosh, and other file systems, this refers to the string after the right-most period in a file name. File extensions are used to label files as to type, origin, and possible use.

flame
used as a verb ("he got flamed") it means to be the recipient of a particularly hostile or nasty e-mail message; as a noun ("that was a real flame") it refers to such a message.

flamewar
what happens when two or more individuals start exchanging hostile or nasty e-mail messages; this is viewed by some as an art form, and is best observed on USENET or other newsgroups (where the alt.flame... or alt.bitch newsgroups would be good places to browse for examples).

footer
the concluding part of an HTML document, the footer should contain contact, version, date, and attribution information to help identify a document and its authors.

forms
in HTML forms are built on special markup that lets browsers solicit data from users and then deliver that data to specially-designated input-handling programs on a Web server. Briefly, forms provide a mechanism to let users interact with servers on the Web.

front end
in the client/server model, the front end part refers to the client side; it's where the user views and interacts with information from a server; for the Web, browsers provide the front end that communicates with Web servers on the back end.

FTP (sometimes ftp; File Transfer Protocol)
an Internet file transfer service based on the TCP/IP protocols, FTP provides a way to copy files to and from FTP servers elsewhere on a network.

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