1) Flame bait is a message posted to a public Internet discussion group, such as a forum, newsgroup or mailing list, with the intent of provoking an angry response (a "flame") or argument over a topic the "troll" (original poster provoking angry response) often has no real interest in, and finds humour, or entertainment in reactions.
2) Flame bait can be a person unfamiliar with a certain discussion/topic on an internet discussion group, possibly saying things that would provoke an angry, teasing, or overall negative response.
1)KingR3aper: Starcraft II is going to suck. It is going to be the same thing as Starcraft I with new graphics. You're all losers.
(Here, KingR3aper, being the 'troll', is purposely provoking an angry or negative response from offended starcraft fans. Flame Baiting)
STRCFTFAN1337: GO SCRWE URSELF STARCRAFT IS AWESOME U FAG
ILESSTHAN3BLZRD: GTFO YOUTUBE STARCRAFT IS BOSS
IMA13YROLDBOI: NO YOURS TUPID! U ONLY SAY THAT CUZ U SUCK AT THE GAME
2) Imanub123: Hey, I'm new to computers. I'm at a local library right now. My friend said that I have to clean out my computer, thats why it was so slow. So I opened my computer and scrubbed with soap and water, and now its not working. Does anyone know why?
Mrgudsenseofsmell: I smell Flamebait...o.o
KingR3aper: ....Dear god. Why are you even alive? Do you forget to breathe?
1337sauce: *facepalm* I've never heard something so frking stupid in my life.
Flame baiting is setting up a situation for you to get flamed usually on a forum. You don't actually flame, but make it hard to respond without flaming. Its setting people up on the internet so they look like the bad guy. Generally Looked down upon
Ya know, an example of this is hard...
Person on forums: Blah blah blah
Other Guy: I smell... FLAME BAIT@@
One who's actions (deliberate or otherwise) seem to attract the hatred of the rest of the forum; see flame. These people do not seem to learn from their actions and are delt with by issuing a sympathy ban.
These people can be grouped in sevral diffrent catagories ranging from beer weed to trolls.
"He never learns, he is getting flamed right and left."
"Yeah man, he's such flame bait."