As in "Original Poster". How do I refer to the user who asked the question in the third person, other than by account name?
It's usually just "OP". It's so common that it is understood that you're referring to the asker of the question.
Referring to the person who asked the question:
- Question author (or "original author", or just "author")
- Person who asked the question
Referring to the person who answered the question:
- Answer author (or "original author", or just "author")
- Person who answered the question
- Jon Skeet
It is Original Poster, or
OP for short.
I think it makes it clearer for the Stack Exchange network as a whole i.e. IT and non-IT people, English speakers and people whose first language is other than English, etc, if we state a preference to use the words that are most likely to come out in common language:
- Asker - the person that asks a question
- Answerer - a person that answers a question
I think OP was OK to use when all/most Stack Exchange sites were being used mainly by people who were highly computer literate and English-speaking, but now we should use language that is more accessible to our whole user base.