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Where can I find documentation on what anonymous users are?

Expect stuff like 'users who did not register', 'users whose username is 'user34894'', 'users who can get reputation points', yadda yadda, but I couldn't locate any documentation.

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stackoverflow.com/help/why-register –  Bala Feb 12 '14 at 9:30
What do you want to know for "users whose username is 'user34894'"? –  hims056 Feb 12 '14 at 9:37
@hims056 I want to show the documentation about how it works here to another human being. I can't just go and tell him, 'hi, you know, they name these people user345345 and, I think, authenticate them using cookies...'. –  user173505 Feb 12 '14 at 9:51
@hims056: see here (meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Discrimination_against_IP_contributors) as I'd like to urge Wikimedia community to consider doing it the same way you do it, but you appear to lack documentation. –  user173505 Feb 12 '14 at 9:52
It's not clear what you are looking for. Anonymous are different from registered users. People with the display name of userXXXXX are not anonymous (hence they have a name), but may be registered or unregistered. What are you trying to get at? –  psubsee2003 Feb 12 '14 at 10:01
@Bata: see above for context; the page you linked is not to the specific point (although that wasn't as obvious from the original question wording). –  user173505 Feb 12 '14 at 10:01
@Svetlana If that is not the specific point and not obvious from your wording can you perhaps edit your question so it becomes obvious what you want? –  rene Feb 12 '14 at 10:07
You see that I'm confused, I know who I am, but not who user#### is, and not what anonymous user looks like. That's caused by lack of documentation. I think. –  user173505 Feb 12 '14 at 11:09

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