The Google search ("firefox javascript console") result for this question is:

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The user John Conde is attributed as author, linked to his Google+ profile.

However, it’s not his question nor did he write an answer.

He commented the question two times (1, 2). And he protected it:

protected by John Conde♦ Oct 12 '12 at 11:17

I’m not sure if the Webmasters Stack Exchange provides authorship markup/link relations explicitly, or if this is an error by Google’s algorithms? It probably (I did not check) has to do with the protection. If that’s the case, maybe we could change it in a way so that Google doesn’t mistakenly thinks the "protector" is the author?

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    Darn, that guy is a handsome fellow! – John Conde Jul 15 '13 at 0:23
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    LMAO! You got designer shades just to hide your face and You wear them around like you're cooler than me – Simon Hayter Jul 15 '13 at 11:01
  • Now also reported on SO Meta. – unor Oct 2 '13 at 12:59

This has happened in the past, however I can't seem to locate the reference. The issue is very simple, and alarmingly silly. Look at precisely what you quoted (emphasis mine):

protected by John Conde♦ Oct 12 '12 at 11:17

Google is of the opinion that on pages that contain actual content, the word by can not imply anything other than authorship. They had fixed this a couple of years ago, so hopefully they'll re-glue whatever has come unglued subsequently.

It's basically seeing this:

by John Conde

As I said, alarmingly silly, as that's not a mistake I'd expect Google to make :)

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