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.
then:

rookie: how am i supposed to clean this m1?
veteran: read the field manual.

now:

noob: how do i install linux?
1337: rtfm @ linux.org/docs/beginner/install.html

polite usage that will increase likelihood of a helpful response:

newbie: how do i...? i have already rtfm.
kajiem tərəfindən 03 Yanvar 2010
Read the fucking manual

Kid 1 "How do you side jump like that."
Me "RTFM."
Kid 1 "Whats RTFM?"
Me "Read The Fucking Manual, what are you dumb?"
Kid 1 "Sorry if I don't use internet slang in everyday life."
Rest of class "LOL"
Drunkbum222 tərəfindən 04 Dekabr 2006
"Rolling on the floor masturbating."
"C'mon Dan, RTFM!"
"Do you even know what that means?"
"Yeah, Rolling on the Floor masturbating!"
RoyalEnfield2255 tərəfindən 18 Mart 2010
Read The Fucking Manual!
- How can I turn on the TV?
- RTFM, dumbass!
7h3235 tərəfindən 10 İyul 2008
Read The F***ing Manual. Said to anyone asking a particularly dumb question regarding any appliance
"What does this switch on the side do?"
"RTFM"
Chris Goddard tərəfindən 02 İyun 2008
read the fucking manual
"I can't make the shelf."
"rtfm"
thedemonbean tərəfindən 28 Sentyabr 2013
stands for Read The Fucking Manual
I can't put this goddamn shelf together!
Dude RTFM
SYS-35 tərəfindən 08 Yanvar 2009

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