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