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‘RTFM’ – is life too short?

For some, ‘Life Is Too Short to RTFM’ say Professor Thea Blackler and colleagues at the School of Design, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. In the journal Interacting with Computers they explain that those who don’t tend to bother to RTFM (which they de-acronymize as ‘read the field* manual’) tend to be male, young-ish and more educated.

see: Life Is Too Short to RTFM: How Users Relate to Documentation and Excess Features in Consumer Products

*Note: not everyone translates RTFM as politely as ‘Read the field manual’.

The photo shows QUT paper co-author Professor Vesna Popovic

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