i've seen ton of am I pretty q's on the internet, and no matter how you word it the answer is always no.
if you ask if you're ugly people say no, you're better looking than you think, everyone is beautiful in their own way, and you're fishing for compliments.
if you ask if you're pretty people say no, you're not as good looking as you think you are, you're being egotistical, and you're fishing for compliments.
is there ever any honesty?
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In the first scenario it's assumed the person has a low self-esteem, so people are more sensitive towards that and most of them will try to say fairly nice things. Of course, there will always be people (usually anon), on the harsher side who will resort to insults and honesty that hurts, but they're generally in the minority if the QA's nice enough.
In the second situation people assume the QA knows he/she's attractive, and is looking to be admired and given compliments. Therefore, they feel the need to bring them down a notch by telling them they're not really that pretty/hot. They'll be like "meh, you're average".
I notice that a lot of the answers depend on the QA's tone, choice of words, and what kind of pictures the QA took (smiling, making faces, amount of clothing, etc.)
As you can see, we have a little trouble with objectivity.
Personally, I cringe at telling someone they're ugly/fat, even over the Internet, so that's not what I'm going to say. I think it's unnecessarily hurtful, and it's probably more helpful to compliment certain aspects of them that are favorable (almost everyone has some), and give suggestions on how they can improve their appearance. I might add something about confidence too. I'm not going to lie to them, but I prefer to use some tact.
As for the people who are clearly attractive, I'll say "Yeah, don't worry about it, you're pretty", or something to that effect. It might feed their ego, it might not, but either way I don't really care.
Anyway, many of those kinds of questions I just skip over, because people should really be using the reality check feature.1