Yes, it is true that sometimes unusually intelligent and sensitive children can appear to be stupid. But stupid children can sometimes appear to be stupid as well. I think that's something you might have to consider.
After my last post, the obvious question is why anyone engages anything with a hint of being bait. Here's a time when I was absolutely positively sure I was being baited into a fight. As it turned out, he didn't have any backup at all. Lucky me.
Having spotted an Omen on scan towards I belt I made my way into warp only to see him warping off as I arrived. Seeing he went towards the gate into the next system, I decided to follow in my Punisher. Since engaging him within range of gate guns would have been suicide, I had no choice but to watch and wait when I jumped to the other side. What I saw was the Cruiser align and warp off.
There were three objects in the direction he had gone. A gate, a station, and a belt. All of which were too far away to be picked up on my directional scanner. I reasoned that if he was going to the station there was nothing I could do to him, if he was going to the belt he'd be there for a minute or so, but if he was going to the gate I might lose him. Putting myself into warp towards the gate I began to consider that the Omen wasn't running from me so much as running towards something, or someone, else.
While in warp I'm generally doing a pretty good job of spamming my scan button like I have OCD, and this time I felt my heart sink as I spotted a Blackbird, Hurricane, Curse and Sacrilege pop up as I got in scan range of the gate. Coming out of warp I was greeted with a site I wasn't expecting. There was already a fight at the gate. I didn't get a chance to piece together who was fighting who before the Blackbird jammed me and I decided jumping through the gate was in my best interest, but not before noticing that the Omen was absent from the grid.
Setting course back towards the gate I had just come through I jumped again. This time, under the protection of the jump cloak, I was able to go about scanning for the Omen while chaos was erupting all around me. Sure enough, he was at the belt. Setting course for the ratting Cruiser, I came out of warp within range of my warp scrambler. Locked, pointed, orbited and guns ablaze I went to work on this unsuspecting capsuleer. Once his armor broke and I started slicing out chunks of his hull I considered opening up channels for a ransom, but with so many in local and several of the previously spotted ships still in range of my D-Scan I instead opted for the kersplosion. The express trip he got back to his clone bay was just icing on the cake.
Loot scooped and my first successful 1v1 against a Cruiser in my Frigate under my belt, I spent my 15 minute GCC coming down from a high like nothing else. So, to the question of why you'd ever want to engage something you think is bait, I point at this. A shining example of times when things may seem like you're walking into a trap only to be pleasantly surprised by a good fight and some shiny loot.