What is a carbon based bug?
A carbon-based fault refers to a problem with a computer or program that is caused by the user, not the machine. All life on earth depends on carbon, which forms the molecular bonds that make life possible. Hence, it is another way of saying that a bug is computer based. Carbon-based errors are a common problem for IT professionals, especially when it comes to inexperienced users.
This slang term is most commonly used by IT professionals and other tech-savvy people who are repeatedly asked to troubleshoot bugs unrelated to the technology. To label something as a carbon-based mistake essentially means to the user that they are doing it wrong. That said, a disgruntled user can always come back with a catchphrase in his or her defense by claiming that the technology or program in question is not user-friendly.