You know, I'm starting to think that the google archive isn't that complete. For a start, I'm *sure* I remember posting more while I was at university. And for a second, I'm sure I remember the abbreviation FAQ being in use back when I first started posting in 1987.
However, google seems to think I'm wrong. In moment of curiosity I went in search of the first use of FAQ to mean 'Frequently Asked Questions' and I found this. From May 1989.
Surely the abbreviation is older than that...
Oh yes, I also found one of my favourite threads from that period. You've just got to love the response from the guy who worked for Boeing.