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
that common sense should have precluded asking.
Some may choose to reply in this fashion rather
than leaving the newbie without
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
its applicability has increased dramatically with
the advent of wiki, where the answer is already at everyone's fingertips.