Read
The
Fucking
Manual

The First Commandment of Technology.
The Commandments of Technology

1. Thou shalt read the fucking manual.
2. Thou shalt treat technology with care and love.
3. Thou may covet thy neighbor's technology, but thou shalt not steal it.
by Scott Lanway September 03, 2004
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.
by kajiem January 03, 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"
by Drunkbum222 December 04, 2006
"Rolling on the floor masturbating."
"C'mon Dan, RTFM!"
"Do you even know what that means?"
"Yeah, Rolling on the Floor masturbating!"
by RoyalEnfield2255 March 18, 2010
Read The Fucking Manual!
- How can I turn on the TV?
- RTFM, dumbass!
by 7h3235 July 10, 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"
by Chris Goddard June 02, 2008
read the fucking manual
"I can't make the shelf."
"rtfm"
by thedemonbean September 28, 2013
stands for Read The Fucking Manual
I can't put this goddamn shelf together!
Dude RTFM
by SYS-35 January 08, 2009

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