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This is not a question and I don't know if this is the best place to talk about that, but I will try, and if there is something wrong please delete or move my "question" to an appropriate section.

I'm a user of StackOverflow and I notice that since a couple of months there are many questions from people with just 1 of rep and after asking one question they disappear...

I think that most of these people already are users but are embarrassed about their question; so they prefer to create a "fake" account.

How StackOverflow can prevent this?

To have only 1 rep people asking questions is not serious, and makes users indifferent to answer.

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I notice that since a couple of months there are many questions from people with just 1 of rep and after asking one question they disappear... Lots of new askers in the last two months? Well one explanation could be that it's typically the period when students start / return to college... –  Yannis Sep 20 '12 at 10:48
    
lol!! No... just that one years ago there was more people with good rep making questions... I use to make questions as well also if it make me "less expert" in some points... but everybody need to learn and improve. –  Andrea Turri Sep 20 '12 at 10:50
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Well... Although I don't have that much rep on Stack Overflow, I haven't asked a question in ages. I don't need to, most of my questions have already been asked and answered, these days I just vote. –  Yannis Sep 20 '12 at 10:53
    
This might be exploited to avoid question ban but it's already been thought about - the ban is based on IP address. –  Shadow Wizard Sep 20 '12 at 11:40
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Why should the system want to prevent this? Content is king, and the content of a question (and its answers) stays the same regardless of what account it's attached to. –  Pops Sep 20 '12 at 15:24
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There is nothing intrinsically wrong in creating a 2nd account - especially if you want to keep "work" questions separate from "personal" questions.

The problems start if you then use those accounts to vote for each other's posts to artificially inflate your reputation.

So as long as the users don't abuse these accounts there's nothing that Stack Exchange can, or indeed should, do. There are tools and enough vigilant people to spot when people do engage in such abuse so I don't see it a being a problem.

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Accidental CW ? –  Caleb Sep 20 '12 at 11:11
    
@Caleb - deliberate –  ChrisF Sep 20 '12 at 11:18
    
Curious. Rational (in brief)? –  Caleb Sep 20 '12 at 11:28
    
@Caleb - I don't need the reputation here. –  ChrisF Sep 20 '12 at 11:29
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(Note: Asking your "question" here is fine - it's about the site itself, and that's what the tag is for.)

First of all: there is nothing inherently wrong about users with 1 rep. Everyone starts out there. All that having 1 reputation point means is that you're a new user. Fact, not judgement.

Secondly: you have no way of knowing, as a fellow user, whether those 1 rep users are secondary accounts of existing users, or if they are people who discover the site for the first time.

We don't actively encourage people to create multiple accounts on the same site, but as ChrisF mentioned, sometimes people want to ask questions with more anonymity than their usual account affords them. That's fine. Secondary accounts are problematic if they're used to engage in fraudulent voting, but we have staff and tools in place to catch those instances.

I would like to gently encourage you to reconsider your thinking that "To have only 1 rep people asking questions is not serious". Stack Overflow is still growing - rapidly. We acquire a lot of new users. These users all have to ask their first question and start off at one account; we require that users on SO register before they're allowed to post a question. Have faith that many of these 1-rep users are trying to get involved in the community.

That being said, there are still tens of thousands of higher-rep users active on here. It doesn't seem like the site is being overrun by new users. Only 14 out of the 50 most recently asked questions on SO when I just looked were asked by 1-rep users. And as I said before, you shouldn't automatically discount questions by new users and refuse to answer them; some of those might not be ideal for SO until the users learn more about our model and more about our rules, but you don't know until you read them.

Some new users don't stick around - that's okay. If a user only asks one question and leaves, that doesn't mean they've wasted anybody's time. What if that one question they asked is then viewed by 1000 other people with the same question? I'd say that was a pretty valuable contribution to the site.

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