Talk:293: RTFM

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RTFM wasn't something you'd generally hear from the software makers. It was what assholes in supposed support forums would say instead of actually helping. For example, on the IRC there was generally a #Linux, where people might go to look for help with the OS. But the admins and members would often, literally, reply RTFM unless the question was obscure enough to satisfy them. At best, they'd respond with a link to some man or web page where they thought you should be able to learn enough to eventually answer your question. A friend of mine set up a competing channel, which we called #Linpeople, where we would actually answer questions that regular people asked, not just esoteria. I also came up with a way to wring answers from #Linux: I owned my own ISP, so I would set up identd (the service that validated user identity) to spoof being a user from another system, log in from both my and another "user", and then give ridiculous, bad answers to my own questions. The assholes would be outraged at the wrong info, and correct it, thus letting slip the real solution. — Kazvorpal (talk) 22:24, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

In this writer's opinion, expecting anyone to read a manual that is more than a page or two long, in this Internet-speed era, is unreasonable. 18:30, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

Not reading a manual is punishable by being stabbed in the face...I think we can all blame the customer service people for this one. Speaking from their point of view, though, it's definitely a great feature! 15:32, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

...or losing the face... 15:31, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Only a few words, ............ :P Dontknow (talk) 05:04, 7 May 2017 (UTC)