2nd Nov 2018 06:30pm
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The Crispin-Buxley Phenomenon

You may or may not have heard of the Crispin-Buxley Phenomenon and if you have not then you are probably wondering what it actually is.

In all honesty, I do not know what it is myself. Simple really. However you have probably come across this article after doing a Google search because you had been asked the question 'Are you familiar with the Crispin-Buxley phenomenon?' on the paid-survey website Prolific and was wondering what on Earth it actually was.

I have sat down and thought about what this could be and all I can think of is that it's a trick question to catch people out if they answer 'yes' to it. As if they do - and we know it doesn't actually exist - then Prolific staff know that the person answering the questions are merely lying on their answers and not worthy of gaining money from doing surveys.

I am, however, unsure why the two surnames (I'm guessing?) were used though. I did check all entries on Prolific's Blog and there was no author with that name, I also checked their list of staff members and couldn't find any link between the names - no one has those surnames (unless the female members of staff had them as their birth surnames if they're now married). The initials of the whole teams first names don't spell it out nor do their surnames.

I also ran the names through anagram solvers and couldn't really find anything either (if you're wondering why I did that, then I'll recommend you Google search 'Most Haunted Kreed Kafer').

There's also nothing in regards of Buxley besides a hamlet in the Scottish Borders. There's a few things for Crispin, but nothing that could be related to this. So all in all, it's just one of those trick questions to try and catch people out.

(If, however, I have got all of this TOTALLY wrong, then feel free to let me know - I enjoy being educated with new information)

 

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12th Dec 2018 19:07

thanks

By Panna Toth

 

16th Jan 2019 20:10

It seems there is a Long Beach CA tattoo artist who was involved in a copyright infringement case against fashion designer Christian Audigier. The case is notable because it set precedent regarding privacy of social media communications with regard to discovery in such cases. https://ediscovery.co/ediscoverydaily/case-law/crispin-v-christian-audigier-inc-ediscovery-replay/
Now, wether the tattoo artist changed his name as a joke on the trick question, or if the trick question took its name from the tattoo artist, or it is mere co-incidence... who knows?

By tommy Lacroix

 

25th Jan 2019 04:09

It's also imprecise and sloppy, because the artist was Buckley and not Buxley. I have no idea what Prolific is trying to do. Their questionnaire has typos on other pages. I think they are not especially credible and are just another exploitative platform startup engaging in a race to the bottom.

By K

 

26th Jun 2019 21:13

If you trawl google, then http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/101637/ has loads of authors, including the two names specified in the question on Prolific and it sounds sort of like the right thing, but who can say?

By Zaphod Beeblebrox

 

28th Jun 2019 18:38

Thanks for this entry! I just had a question about this at the end of a survey on Prolific and I was baffled so after truthfully answering 'No, never heard of it', I googled... and landed on your page! Glad to see I'm not such an ignoramus after all!

By Helene

 

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