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what is the source of the random user ID's (userxxxx)?

There are many users with name like user1234567 on SO, with 1 point and no history. It appears like some automated Q&A system abusing SO. Or...? Thx

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Why -1? ......... –  Ondra Žižka Jul 4 '12 at 6:07
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Damn that SO system, flooding the SO system with userxxxxs –  simchona Jul 4 '12 at 6:10

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No those are the users who do not provide some custom names at the creation of account they just create the account in hurry so the user+some arbitrary number is assigned to the user as user name

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Hmm... but there's so many. It didn't use to be so. Now it's every third. –  Ondra Žižka Jul 4 '12 at 6:06
    
Could it be confirmation bias that you are just now started paying attention to them? Can you substantiate it with some numbers for instance (don't know if that's easy to do, but still..). –  Nanne Jul 4 '12 at 7:24
    
Or it could be that the traffic and userbase is simply increased a lot –  Damien Pirsy Jul 4 '12 at 12:06

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