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It's been more than a month since I have started using stackoverflow. It has these users with user names in the format of "user-random number". I have observed them in some of the stack activities, most of the time asking questions.

Does the moderators create them for their own purpose. If yes what purpose do they serve?

I mean a user is free to have any user name. But it's just a hunch that such users are actually moderators. I may be wrong; just need some clarification.

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    Every new users will get that name with their unique user id when they first registers on stackoverflow.! Even your display name was like this user197093 when you first started – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Oct 11 '12 at 5:26
  • sorry. Must've forgot about it. Should have correlated it with the user id in the same format at the top right corner or user profile. right? – Hussain Tamboli Oct 11 '12 at 5:36
  • Yup..exactly... – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Oct 11 '12 at 5:40

Nope, these users aren't moderators. They could become diamond moderators via elections, though I don't think we have any moderators who don't use a custom username at the moment, or they could earn enough reputation to get access to community moderation privileges.

userXXXXXX is just the default username someone gets when they first create an account.

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    or they could earn enough reputation to get access to community moderation privileges. Well... – yannis Oct 11 '12 at 5:36
  • yes. how much is enough? who decides that it is enough to be a moderator? – Hussain Tamboli Oct 11 '12 at 5:39
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    @HussainTamboli Users with more than 10,000 points get access to what we call moderation tools, but are not moderators, moderators are either appointed by Stack Exchange (on Beta sites) or through elections (on graduate sites), and reputation is mostly irrelevant in either process. For more information see: Who are the diamond moderators, and what is their role? – yannis Oct 11 '12 at 5:41
  • thanks. It is totally irrelevant to the above question, but when I was doing up to more then 1 comments, stack gave a message that I can't up more than one comment within 5 sec. why is that? – Hussain Tamboli Oct 11 '12 at 5:45
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    @HussainTamboli So people won't upvote comments like crazy ;P It's a very small wait, and although it can be annoying sometimes, just wait. – yannis Oct 11 '12 at 5:47

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