Don’t Just Say Rtfm
RTFM comments generally useless
If everybody read the fine manual, most of the questions asked on the internet would go away!
"RTFM" is rude , no doubt about it. However, links to the manual in comments are perfectly acceptable , and sometimes the only appropriate response to a question.
It can happen that the person reading the product or something related to the article didn’t find the manual and when we say RTFM, it can be bad for him/her and can hurt his/her feelings. Also, it is better to “Be Nice” and use “Polite” words in order to make the individual read and understand the manual system.
So when posting a manual link, be smart. Drop the RTFM and use nicer wording to help ensure that the link survives. Suggestions:
- Check out the manual page: (link)
- See the manual: (link)
- This is explained in the manual: (link)
If the OP was really lazy:
- Your question is answered in the manual: (link) For future reference, please always remember to look in the manual first. Thanks!
And if the person did not look in the manual then you can say :
- You can ask your question in the Contact menu (link).