On StackExchange websites I often read the OP acronym to talk about a person who asks a question.

How about the one who answers the question? How would I refer to them? Is there an acronym or a common expression?

I've read the answerer on some translation websites, is it recommended? What about the replier?

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There is no great, universal answer to your question. Sorry. "Answerer" works just fine though.


What about the replier (like Neil D'Silva suggests) ?

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    It sounds somewhat odd.
    – user230
    Mar 21, 2014 at 10:52

I think respondent would be appropriate, as they are responding to the question(s) asked.


Isn't it primary opinion based question as there is no official term for that. Anyway, I'll go by logic.

I'd go for Responder though Answerer is often used. That's because at times, we don't get questions or in other words not everything asked here is question. It could be in terms of doubt, query or the like. So, we would respond it first.

We may use original here as well because anyone can edit the question/answer here.

It depends on the users how do they make it short.

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    The "original poster" term refers to the person who wrote the first post in a thread. This sense of "original" doesn't apply to the people who respond, so "original responder" is rather odd-sounding.
    – user230
    Mar 5, 2014 at 13:12
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    -1. I'm sorry, but I don't think the OP is looking for someone to invent a term that no one will understand. (I've read your explanation and I'm still confused...)
    – user230
    Mar 5, 2014 at 13:19
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    Or just "responder" is an option.
    – nxx
    Mar 5, 2014 at 16:06
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    I don't agree with 'responder' at all. Response is not necessarily verbal or, in this case, in words. Even if a mosquito buzzes across your face and you blink your eyes, it is a response. The appropriate word here would be REPLIER. It is authentic, considering what we are giving out (or looking for) here are replies. Mar 10, 2014 at 4:50
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    @NeilD'Silva respond: to say or write something as an answer to a question or request. A "Response is not necessarily verbal" but it certainly can be, and "respond" and "reply" can certainly be considered synonymous. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respond
    – nxx
    Mar 20, 2014 at 23:10

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