Low quality bait refers to a variation of the online slang expression, This is Bait.
Both phrases are used in reference to provocative content or messages, that have been deliberately created to incite arguments, with the “Low quality bait” referring to the lousy attempts.
They are widely encountered on message boards and forums such as Reddit and 4chan.
If a “Low quality bait” was directed toward homosexuals, it may also be called Queerbaiting.
The preceding expression of This is Bait and “Low quality bait” was flamebait and it would be used online since the 1990’s, mainly appearing on forums as well as message- and image boards.
Flamebait’s use would continue into the 2000’s.
“Low quality bait” would first appear as an image macro meme in 2013 – along with This is bait – when the phrases were included on a clip art illustration of a fish looking
In the following years, “Low quality bait” was featured on memes and in discussions on sites like 4chan, DeviantArt, 9GAG and Facebook.
During the rest of the 2010’s, the image macro turned into a prevalent way to highlight the badly arranged malicious intent of users, who only want to incite arguments.
- Awwmemes.com – Low Quality Bait Meme