He was probably slamming Theray's jibe to RTFM - Which as we know is "read the effing manual." Still it's pretty bad form to bite the hand that feeds.
I will guarantee the OP that the manual addresses getting the thing out of the box, getting it set up and getting it started. There should be 7-12 pages telling you how dangerous outboard
motors are, how dangerous water
is, how dangerous dinghy's are and the fact that if "anything" goes wrong it's not Mercury's fault.
The after that it will have a half page with 5 easy steps to starting your motor.
Oh and yes - too much oil can be a bad thing. So RTFM.