I mentioned the RTFMs earlier that I got in the forae. There's a little more to that than just the statement. Almost every time someone makes that recommendation, they are making a number of assumptions. First, they assume that you have not read the manual - or man pages. Second, they assume that if you do read that documentation, you will come away with the same understanding they have. And, to a lesser extent, they are irritated that your questions intrude on reading the really important stuff in that particular forum.
As dedicated a Linux fan as I am, I will never hesitate to give an answer to a question honestly asked, and for those very reasons. I DID RTFM, I DID STFW, and I STILL had to ask stupid questions, (as in, it was stupid I had to ask because the documentation was so spotty), so I know what an uphill battle it can be, even when it really isn't, or doesn't have to be.
Even though I agree with most of 'How to ask questions the smart way
', it pains me that so much gets made of it, while 'How to answer questions the helpful way
' gets short shrift in general practice.
IMHO, that section could use a little expansion.