On November 2013 I created this "secret" persona in which I went all out:
- New email address
- New JSFiddle account
- New GitHub account
- Permission from the Stack Exchange team to run my experiment
- ... And so much more.
Why did I do this?
- This was an experiment if people can treat a new user any different from a user that they have seen before and have interacted with before.
How long was this supposed to run for?
- I wanted to run it for about a year, but my new persona got away from me and I accidentally revealed who I was.
It seems that new users do get looked at completely differently on Stack Overflow, even if they do use the same coding methods, habits, etc. that were used in their original account that they were criticized for, whereas a new account is given help and guidance.
Being a new user lets someone experience what it is like to start fresh and see Stack Exchange in a new light.
- I had to go through suggested edits again which I take for granted every day by making minor to major edits on a posts with no checks or balances.
I learned that new users do get much more help from "seasoned veterans".
I was so used to being upvoted because I had >60K rep for almost every answer I gave even though it was crappy, now I saw that you had to work at it for a good answer and cannot just post the 1st thing that comes to mind and cultivate your answer to perfection before posting it.
Being a high rep user has many privileges, but people seem to judge everything you say based on past posts, and it was relieving to not have that burden put on me anymore.