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I wrote a Q&A wiki and refered to myself as the OP, rather than "I" or "my". I did it for clarity. But, I'm wondering if it's unnecessary and makes the format feel unnatural. Opinions?

The (possibly) offensive post is here.

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    Assuming that I even noticed the answer and question were by the same person I would find this quite jarring and possibly disingenuous. Do you have a link so we can see it in context? Why do you need to refer to the person at all rather than just "the question"? – Martin Smith Dec 22 '13 at 15:55
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    OP is "original poster", not "original post" so it's not stupid, it's just wrong to refer to the question itself as "OP". Bottom line, "OP" means "the user who originally wrote the post" (can be either question or answer) – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 22 '13 at 16:01
  • @MartinSmith this question. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 22 '13 at 16:02
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    Personally I'd avoid using abbreviations at all outside of tbe comments – Richard Tingle Dec 22 '13 at 16:04
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    @ShadowWizard - I've frequently seen it used to mean either. In this case though simply replacing "to answer the OP's question" with "to answer the question" would be better IMO. It is completely redundant. Every question is posted by its OP. – Martin Smith Dec 22 '13 at 16:05
  • @ShadowWizard See this post. Look under the answer for The Festivus Unicorn's comment. He uses OP as the original post. – seebiscuit Dec 22 '13 at 16:09
  • When in doubt, see the glossary. – Antony Dec 22 '13 at 16:10
  • Still wrong in my opinion. Anyway, fixed the answer to match what I consider proper grammar. :) – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 22 '13 at 16:10
  • @Martin Smith, Thanks. I can see how it may be redundant to use "OP. – seebiscuit Dec 22 '13 at 16:18
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    Honestly I think we should all just stick to our Q&A conventions and use "asker" instead of "OP". I feel dirty every time I use "OP" to refer to a question asker here. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 22 '13 at 16:25
  • @BoltClock's a Unicorn are these time-honed convnetions, or is there a common post that outlines the most commonly used ones? – seebiscuit Dec 22 '13 at 16:51
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Target the reader, the question or the code rather than the 'original poster'. A good example is this question. The original poster should be irrelevant to the question itself in most of the cases anyway.

That said - if you're answering your own question and need to refer to the question author - it's better to refer to yourself as OP, you, asker or another term indicating the person who asked the question.

This is for clarity. The Q&A format works really well here. The person reading the answer should optimally not be aware of of the fact it's the same person answering the question. So in short - no, it's not stupid.

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