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Just curious is anyone else hesitant to work extra to answer questions for users who haven't even picked a user name other then the User***** one? I will admit I try not to go past my personal knowledge or a basic google. Yet if they have a user name I am much more apt to try to get to the meat of the answer.

I guess in my userism(sp?) I tend to think if they did not fill that out at least, they probably won't upvote or accept an answer. And we all know that is the point right? :)

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What if it was chosen as such? meta.stackoverflow.com/users/14048/user0x36e0 –  random Mar 13 '10 at 1:26
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I'm sure we discussed possible policies on openid usernames just last week, but as usual the search is failing me. :( –  Ether Mar 13 '10 at 2:51

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A large percentage of my interest is to answer the question, not for the original author, but for the other people reading. In reality, you are really talking over their shoulder to a much larger audience.

So, no, I can't say I take the original author's name much into account. The only time the original author influences the effort I put into an answer is when I feel like they are not putting much effort into the question... then I feel like I am just being taken advantage of.

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For me, The fact that they don't really care doesn't really affect my reaction to their question.

A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet still get me some rep ;)

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mmmMMMMM, fresh rep! –  Adam Davis Mar 13 '10 at 1:44
    
Roses are red, violets are blue, and all this rep is for you. –  perbert Mar 13 '10 at 2:37

Not if the question is any good.

And if the question sucks I don't care if the users has a proper name.

Oh, I notice and avoid certain users---ones who have annoyed me in the past---but I don't judge people for being new.

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Wouldn't say I judge for them being new just not caring enough about the site/community to reflect themselves to us. –  MrStatic Mar 13 '10 at 2:30

I can't say that I even notice who posted the question. I know that if I don't answer it as swiftly as possible, someone will beat me to the punch, and I will lose the first mover advantage.

So I put the same effort into them as any other question.

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I don't necessarily feel hesitance, but...if we test by the opposite case (a known user with an accept rate of 100% and maybe a decent rep), I'm more likely to want to give these other kind of user's question more of my time.

So, being unnamed isn't so much the issue, except by association--abandoned questions, low chance of even knowing to upvote or accept an answer, perceived lower chance of them interacting in an intelligent manner (part and parcel with being here-and-gone, I think, more than a "smart people are registered and dumb people aren't" bias), and so on.

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I gotta say: Anyone who's username starts with "User" and ends with a number is just asking for it. I mean, how dare they not intuitively know how to update their profile and choose a more suitable username, such as "Urdnot the Kronan Has a Posse" or "I Am Your King" or "Changing My Meta Name is Cool" or even (how boring) their own names?

Not only do I not answer their questions, I downvote their posts. All of them. In fact, I super mega downvote all their posts. Then I crush their heads! Crush! Crush!

That rule applies to anyone, I think, whose username starts with "User."

Oh, wait. Oops ... :)

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+1 for the larfs and as a reconciliatory gesture to userXXXXers. –  D_N Mar 13 '10 at 22:34

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