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.
作者 kajiem 2010年1月03日
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"
作者 Drunkbum222 2006年12月04日
"Rolling on the floor masturbating."
"C'mon Dan, RTFM!"
"Do you even know what that means?"
"Yeah, Rolling on the Floor masturbating!"
作者 RoyalEnfield2255 2010年3月18日
Read The Fucking Manual!
- How can I turn on the TV?
- RTFM, dumbass!
作者 7h3235 2008年7月10日
read the fucking manual
"I can't make the shelf."
"rtfm"
作者 thedemonbean 2013年9月28日
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"
作者 Chris Goddard 2008年6月02日
stands for Read The Fucking Manual
I can't put this goddamn shelf together!
Dude RTFM
作者 SYS-35 2009年1月08日

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