Originally Posted by sugarkang
If that's your admission that head-fi is full of bass haters, then I concur.
The reason your analogy fails in the broader sense, however, is that head-fi is not a "bass hater" site.
It's a general headphone site that happens to have a large bass hating readership.
The distinction is subtle. Maybe you'll grasp it; maybe not.
Here's my final attempt at an analogy:
This is a candy store. Most people here like hard candies, but there are a few chocolate lovers.
The hard candy people tend to dominate the discussion.
Bob, chocolate lover, wants an opinion from other chocolate lovers.
Bob tries to pre-empt the hard candy people from weighing in.
Flame bait? Hardly.
But there's a word for people who might suggest that it's flame bait: intolerant.
I did the bidding of someone who intended to troll? Maybe.
That really isn't the issue though, is it?
Because the original question, troll intent notwithstanding, could be a reasonable one.
Therefore, what is actually germane to the issue is:
why isn't it okay for a chocolate lover to solicit other chocolate lovers' opinions?
Originally Posted by nikongod
What would you call if it you asked a bunch of yankees fans about the red socks? This is only inviting a heated response, and is commonly refered to as posting "flame bait"