When you are hanging out in your favorite forums or mailing lists, you might see a newbie asking for help and don’t know where to start.
Before you ask them to RTFM, ask them to read this post to understand about RTFM.
A young Padawan will eventually become a powerful Jedi Master. So, don’t be upset on the young padawan when he asks what is RTFM.
Padawan: Can someone help me?
Yoda: Help you I can, yes.
Padawan: How do I catch a Dinosaur?
Padawan: Yoda, thanks for your answer. I really appreciate it. Can you please tell me where should I buy the RTFM? I want to catch a big Dinosaur. Should I buy a big RTFM?
[ Finally, young padawan realized that he has been asking the wrong question. ]
Padawan: What is RTFM?
Yoda: Read the fabulous manual, you should.
[ There is your answer from Yoda himself. RTFM = Read the Fabulous Manual. Young padawan is still not satisfied with the answer. He goes on a quest to find out what the heck is RTFM. He finds out there are more than one meaning for RTFM. ]
Padawan: I see following variations for RTFM.
- Read the Fine Manual
- Read the Friendly Manual
- Read the Freaking Manual
- Read the Flaming Manual
- Read the Fantastic Manual
- Read the Flipping Manual
- Read the Forgotten Manual
- Read the Famous Manual
- Read the Factory Manual
- Read the Full Manual
- Read the FAQ and Manual
- Read the FAQ Moron
Yoda: Done a good research, you have.
Padawan: I still think RTFM is not exactly any one of the above. What is it? Tell me now! You can’t keep it as a secret anymore.
Yoda: Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you. RTFM!