Proponents of such acronyms encouraging new users to look
the information up themselves are often discouraging questions that
could easily be answered using the FAQs, Wiki or Google.
RTFM frequents questions that
common sense should
have precluded asking.
Some may choose to reply in this fashion rather than leaving
the newbie without
a response so as to clarify what types of questions are considered inappropriate, unintelligent
or inconsiderate of others' time.
originally: "read the field manual" used
by WWII soldiers when asked basic questions by new enlistees.
rtfm quickly spread
to engineering, computer & technical fields, and has gained
popularity with internet usage.
its applicability has increased
dramatically with the advent
of wiki, where the answer is already at everyone's fingertips.
rookie: how am i supposed
to clean this m1?
veteran: read the field
noob: how do i install linux?
1337: rtfm @ linux.org/docs/beginner/install.html
that will increase likelihood of a helpful response:
newbie: how do i...? i have