Don't Feed the Reaction Baiters

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  1. yuyuyup
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    Member yuyuyup GBAtemp Psycho!

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    I've recently stumbled upon an important lesson during my time spent in GBAtemp, and I would like to share this information. Let's talk about reaction baiting; when is a post not worth your response ? An innocuous reaction-baiting might be along the lines of "there aren't ANY good games for the Wii." Such a statement would usually inspire me to defend the many good titles (despite the glut of shovelware.) I would list 40+ good to great games, only to have my impassioned response be disregarded without a hint of consideration. I fell for it, hook line and sinker. However, some baiters are more malicious than this example. Certain users are gaming the ease of the "report" button and the power of mods after goading others (like me) into reacting to inflammatory statements, resulting in deleted posts and warnings. Let's examine a recent post which is crystal clear baiting:

    Edit: Proved my point

    Step one in identifying bait: it is prone to start a fiery debate which will be considered off topic, resulting in scorched-earth moderation ? I've seen it happen over and over. Heck, it's certainly happened to myself (over and over.) Now, how can I be 100% certain this is bait ? After all, it would be unfair to automatically assume the worst in someone, even in the face of such OBVIOUS baiting tactics. Well, this brings us to step two: double-checking a baiter's history.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    The lesson: some things people say online are not worth your response. They bait, you react, they win, you lose. Keep a cool head, and you are the victor. I'll never fall for it again. There are many more baiters outside of the few featured here today, let me know if you want more examples.

    Watch out for the Malicious behaviour. Mthrnite is great.
     
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    Member Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

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    Could you fix up the format a bit and have this moved to the EOF Front Page?
     
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    This post is somewhat funny, and informative to someone who has never been on the internet. Sooo that being said, it's not nice to name and shame!
     
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    Member Sterling GBAtemp's Silver Hero

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    I really just think you have an incredibly cynical view of GBAtemp. This goes double since I've seen you guilty the same stuff (which also makes you a hypocrite). To be incredibly fair, both Hells and Supergame are both fairly reasonable people. They also both take advantage of the anonymous nature of the internet. You want my two cents? Get over it. The mods here are all reasonable people and willingly breaking the rules in a reaction is still breaking the rules. Thus the report button is a valid option.
     
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    Some members of this forum just happen to be master baiters.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    I see me......I SEE ME!!!!!!
     
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    You sound really good when you pose as the 'Voice of Reason'.
    Maybe you should start a cult.
    It would almost certainly be more profitable than this.
     
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    Former Staff mthrnite So it goes.

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    Why the hell isn't this guy a mod yet?
     
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    *Seen posts getting wiped out.

    I see your point, but some people can't help it at least not all the time. The baited or the baiter.
     
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    We have a winner!
     
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    well, i'm tired of this things already so i ignore most of them.
     
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    Minor correction. And that was my doing.
     
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    I can't see this thread as anything but a thread from one who has gone far beyond being baited by the internet to being baited without even bait.
     
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    I feel like this is a topic about someone I know.
    Can't put my finger on it though.

    Reaction baiting is simple. If someone falls for it, that'd be their fault now wouldn't it.

    Also, i'm kind of flattered you apparently have a screenshot gallery of me.
    ...*locks door*
     
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    Former Staff Vulpes Abnocto Drinks, Knows Things

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    M'kay, and when people "can't help it", what do people expect of the moderation staff? The people that "can't help it" expect lenience, and the people that want actual discussion of an issue want (what else) actual discussion.
    We're pretty well damned if we do and damned if we don't.
    We could of course leave the thread completely alone, and you would have a joke to serious ratio of approximately four to one (judging from previous instances where we let you guys run wild). It would be hilarious but wouldn't get anything resolved.

    For the public record, an "Imma let you finish" joke was removed, and a response to it was also removed.
    No warns were issued for these instances.
    Move along.
     
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    Former Staff mthrnite So it goes.

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    Well, looks like the point was made and everybody had their say, so..
    TOPIC[​IMG]PLUGGED​
     
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