Trolls just want to have fun?

They say imitation is the best form of flattery, but in academia it is called plagiarism if that imitation is not credited. One of the most recent examples of plagiarism against myself is Erin Buckels’s paper ‘Trolls just want to have fun.’

Last year I had a paper published called, ‘The effect of deindividuation of the Internet Troller on Criminal Procedure implementation: An interview with a Hater.’ And now I have found that another researcher, Erin Buckels, has a paper ready for publication in Personality and Individual Differences (called ‘trolls just want to have fun’), which even the title copies a comment I made in a trolling tutorial! Erin Buckels’s paper made the following same findings as my paper using a quantitative rather than the qualitative approach I took:

  • Identity was identified as a key issue, namely that ego-centrism; self-esteem derived from personal gain, power, or pleasure all played an important part in trolling.
  • Machiavellianism, a vernacular term, is known to resemble anti-social personality disorder (as you ought to know).
  • Sadism is identified as being a novel finding in this paper, but I referred to this in relation to “Callousness” in Table 1.

When I approached Erin Buckels about her not crediting me in her ‘trolls just want to have fun’ paper, this was the response Erin Buckels gave me:

It is unfortunate that you think it is appropriate to bully people into citing your papers. I will not be citing your paper as it is only tangentially related. Please do not contact me again.

My tutor on my Multimedia Studies degree between 2000 and 2002 was Doctor Mike Reddy who designed the JISC Plagiarism checker. He has influenced me a lot and its a shame that Erin Buckels is not willing to recognise the prior art of others who have already published in areas Erin Buckels failed to do a proper literature review with regards to – to do otherwise is plagiarism. I guess its quite difficult for people in the area of trolling and multimedia studies not to plagiarise me seeing as I was doing over 10 years ago what they think is new and cool now!