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As in "Original Poster". How do I refer to the user who asked the question in the third person, other than by account name?

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It's usually just "OP". It's so common that it is understood that you're referring to the asker of the question.

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+1'ed you to 10k :) –  djechlin May 16 '13 at 3:02

Referring to the person who asked the question:

  • OP
  • Asker
  • Question author (or "original author", or just "author")
  • Person who asked the question
  • Blankman

Referring to the person who answered the question:

  • OP
  • Answerer
  • Answer author (or "original author", or just "author")
  • Person who answered the question
  • Jon Skeet
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Blankman, Jon Skeet? Huh? :P –  nyuszika7h Feb 18 '11 at 15:27
Not sure about Blankman but let me introduce Jon Skeet... –  The Unhandled Exception Feb 18 '11 at 15:29
@Nyuszika7H Blankman asks a lot of questions. Jon Skeet answers a lot of questions. –  Dan Grossman Feb 18 '11 at 15:29
@Dan I knew Jon Skeet, but not Blankman. –  nyuszika7h Feb 18 '11 at 15:31
I use "question author" or "post author" myself. But that's because OP has a different meaning for me so I prefer to avoid its usage. –  Grace Note Feb 18 '11 at 15:39
@Grace: good one, I've seen that as well. And yeah, I recall upon first encountering OP and thinking it referred to "Operator"... Very confusing. –  Shog9 Feb 18 '11 at 15:47
let me introduce you to blankman –  TMB Sep 26 '11 at 2:03
Literally laughed out loud at the final bullet point on each list... :-) –  T.J. Crowder Oct 6 '14 at 14:24

It is Original Poster, or OP for short.

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