People could already use a symbolic user icon, be anonymous on every single question and answer (and many, maybe a majority of users, are in that category.)
Now with private profiles, we know absolutely nothing about the people asking for advice. If they use a gender neutral user name and icon, and don't post a picture, we don't even know their sex unless they clue us in by what they say in a question or answer, themselves.
I don't think I have to footnote the fact that in dealng any really sensitive or personal question, not knowing the first thing about the person asking the question means no one can really give worthwhile advice.
And given the trends, soon the majority, probably a big majority, of users will have private profiles.
My two cents is that the whole purpose of an advice site is defeated by this state of affairs, except for a relative few who won't go anonymous and private all the time.
Private profiles cancel even that limited way of finding out who were talking to.
But consider the other side of it. Will people listen to answers from people that are anonymous or those with private profiles, who really may as well abe anonymous since we don't know a single thing about them, OTHER than their gender and approximate age?
AND we know many people falsify their age, it's routine, and maybe their sex
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Frankly I think the Anonymous option cancels out that possibility well enough (far more than Private Profile does). There's to many cowardly losers out there that hide behind that check box. At some point people should realize that if you feel embarrassed to say something, then maybe you should be reevaluating why you're saying/thinking it.
The only time I've ever used the Anonymous cover was to give specific examples from my private life in regards to relationship history & sex. I'm not here to get into a relationship and so I feel no need to give people specific information about mine.0