Correction Bait YKTTW Discussion
People can't resist correcting anything that's wrong.
Audience Reaction. Do We Have This One??
"The best way to get a question answered online is to post an incorrect answer to that question."Decribe Correction Bait here. Correction Bait, a sister to Flame Bait and Snark Bait, lures you by the urge of correcting something wrong from your inner mind, and draws attention from the people by this progress. You don't know why it's so wrong. Maybe they did not do the research, and suffered from Critical Research Failure. Maybe they knew it all along, but then decided to ignore it since They Just Didn't Care. Maybe it's done deliberately. Maybe they just want to lure you out. But whatever, you're annoyed by the wrongness, and now you can't stop your urge to correct it! This is a Truth in Television, since somehow we all have different extents of Super OCD to become perfect, and correct every mistake we find. And bad things are usually more memorable than normal ones, which may also have contributed to it. And oh well, did we tell you that correcting others provide a form of superiority? A form of Schmuck Bait. Sub-Trope include Grammar Nazi, Stylistic Suck, Edit War, You Make Me Sic, Gannon-Banned. See also So Bad, It's Good, The Internet Is Serious Business, Accentuate the Negative. Distracting Disambiguation, Xylophone Gag. Compare Super OCD, The Perfectionist, Flame Bait and Snark Bait. Contrast Somebody Else's Problem. May result in Hypocrite, Lets See You Do Better, "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer, Aluminum Christmas Trees. It's also the very reason of This Very Wiki to have Repair, Don't Respond, as well as preventing Natter and Flame Bait. Please only list in-universe examples here - some people may think every Real Life Correction Bait is intentionally done, which is not true. Also, no work is perfect - to a enough picky/smart audience, there's always something that can still be corrected, so it'll end up listing every work there.
-- Gene Spafford
ExamplesLive Action TV
- In one episode of Open All Hours, Arkwright put up a sign with deliberately bad grammar in the hopes that people would come into the shop to correct it.
- In the Columbo episode "The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case", Columbo constructs the contraption the killer used to make it sound like the murder happened while he was outside the room. However, Columbo deliberately put an error into the contraption, knowing the murderer wouldn't be able to resist correcting it. See here.
- Dagwood once noticed a bakery with a misspelled hand-lettered sign advertising something. He went in to correct it, and came out with food. The bakery owner indicated that he had intentionally done it, and it was bringing in a bunch of business.
- Discussed in the The Big Bang Theory episode "The Hawking Execution".
Penny: I know what it means. And yes, you love correcting people and putting them down.Sheldon: Au contraire. When I correct people I am raising them up. You should know, I do it for you more than anyone.Penny: Come on, you do it to feel superior. I see that twinkle in your eye when someone says who instead of whom or thinks the moon is a planet.Sheldon: Or Don Quixote is a book about a donkey named Hotay.Penny: See, there it is, theres that twinkle.Sheldon: Well, I cant help it. Thats an involuntary twinkle.
- The xkcd example on the trope image. Besides that, xkcd also have a comic showing somebody getting busy on correcting someone wrong on the internet, which is the current Edit War page image.
- One Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic involved a psychopath taking revenge on his old grammar teacher - he locked him in a cellar with a bomb and a cellphone, telling him that he will receive a text and the bomb will go off if he texts back. The text contained a grammar error...
- In an episode of The Simpsons, this is Lisa's reaction when Bart describes Zorro as a history lesson come to life when they go to see a film about it.
"I can't take it anymore! It's spelled 'Describe'! How could you forget the freaking 's'?"