Seriously though, there are several posts tagged on SO that are by people trying to use

Examples from the past few hours (all now 10k-only):

Does anyone have an idea why all these people come here, or, better yet, how to detect these sorts of posts automatically to prevent them from cluttering us up?

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@Matthew: Well, that certainly explains a lot. –  PengOne Sep 21 '11 at 21:28
Facebook users always have a knack for finding the wrong door –  random Sep 21 '11 at 21:30
Look at my profile. –  Won't Sep 22 '11 at 13:17
Another… one –  Mob Sep 29 '11 at 16:18
...and another… –  Widor Oct 18 '11 at 16:15
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Note that registration, as of a few days ago, is now mandatory to ask questions.

This was partially done to assist with the Facebook issue.

(other reasons: to put yet another barrier in front of question askers to help with general quality, and to assist new askers in getting a registered account so they don't create dupe unregistered accounts, etc.)

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The mandatory registration affects only Stack Overflow it seems - any plans to make it mandatory on other high-traffic SE sites? –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Oct 18 '11 at 17:30
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Vote to close them and flag them for a moderator. They usually get closed in a matter of minutes. There isn't much else that can be done. There is already a big warning message when the user clicks ask a question (open in incognito window).

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I do, but 8 such questions within 3 hours is rather obnoxious. At this point, I'm probably going to mark facebook as an ignored tag. –  PengOne Sep 21 '11 at 21:29
@PengOne You might want to use wildcards (facebook*) to ignore them all –  Chris Frederick Sep 21 '11 at 21:30
Today has been bad because Facebook changed their layout and every time they do there is a massive protest. But people will get over it and those questions will slow here. –  bkaid Sep 21 '11 at 21:31
That big warning message seems to not have the part about programming only as way too small. Needs to be 72pt font. Maybe they should have to complete a small programming task, like "there are ___ types of people who understand binary. A) 1 B) 2 C) 10 D) False". –  user7116 Sep 21 '11 at 21:49
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I have definitely seen an increase in Facebook support questions here, even since mandatory signup. One guy even claimed that there was a link to SO on the password recovery page. When I asked him for the link he replied:

"I don't have time for that, just give me the answer"!

Nice. But that question's since been deleted, it seems.

As the ReadWriteWeb 'incident' showed us*, the (worryingly large) mouth-breathing subset of Facebook users who type "Facebook login" into Google so they can log in to have no lower bound on stupidity when it comes to using the internet.

I don't know which is worse - trying to ask SO to reset your Facebook password, or actually signing up for an SO account and then asking for your password to be reset.

Either way, I fear for the herds of Facebook zombies at the door of SO.

*If you didn't read about it at the time, please do! It will make you laugh and despair in equal measure. The actual article is still there:

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