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! Proved my point Warning: Spoilers inside! Proved my point 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.