As you’re chipping away at your contribution, you’ll probably hit a few snags and will need assistance to continue. Sometimes you have the resources available to help yourself, and nearly every free and open source project assumes that you’ll try this avenue first before asking someone for assistance. In the tech industry, this is known as RTFM: Read The F’ing Manual. I’ll leave it to you to choose which word to use for the F.
The manual in question is generally defined as any sort of documentation that the project makes available. This could be user docs, installation docs, developer docs, the contributing guide, styleguides, or any number of other types of documentation. You may find that most documentation in free and open source ...