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.
Before private profiles, unless the person was always anony, we could read their question and answers and, even if their profile didn't give any information on them, we could have some idea of what kind of person they were.
Private profiles cancel even that limited way of finding out who were talking to.
OK, I stand corrected, color coding means we can still know the gender, and we can still know the approximate age, though I think 18-24 is a pretty big range..
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
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.
I don't think having a private profile has anything to do with the type of advice someone gives. People don't need to go through all of my questions and answers, if I answer someone's question, either I gave good advice to them or I didn't, it has nothing to do with whether or not they can stalk through everything on my profile. Lol
I've never had to look at anyone's profile to answer their question or give them advice which I have done many times. That's the purpose of the detail and why they inform us after the title of the question. We don't need to know what they look like or any previous answers that they have given.
The only time when this information is needed is when people ask questions like can you rate me or what country are you from which honestly doesn't have much to do with an advice site.
But I do understand where you're coming from it is nice to know things about your fellow GAG members and be able to check out their profile and see what they have to say.
People could easily have a public profile and lie.
Put it this way. I have a private profile. Would you trust me less than someone who's photo is an epileptic dog and is apparently 114? Just because I'm private?
I'm private because back in the day it meant I couldn't be messaged. Which meant I wasn't sexually harassed constantly.
Now it just means these creeps can't stalk my answers and questions and spam the crap out of me.
Why exactly do you need to know my precise location and age? It's my decision if I disclose that information.
Being private has absolutely nothing to do with the merit of answers. If anything I trust private profiles more because they care about keeping information safe and secure, which means they are aware of data protection and therefore not an idiot.
Does it matter who we get advice from though? As long as it's not maliciously given, I'm usually not curious as to this person's credentials. Even the most seemingly public profile can be deceiving. Would you willingly take advice from someone younger? Maybe you would but other people look down on it. people on here get sooo ignorant. They will bombard you with harassing messages/insults if you just so happen to ask a personal question yet THEY get offended. The rudeness has caused so much privacy in profiles or anon answers/questions.
If you put it this way, then yes, private profiles take you some assets in helping a person, so you have to give a generally answer, who is not too good in some cases. I think some are just paranoid and hide their profiles. You can lie about everything here, and even if you set your profile private you can still lie about your age and gender. No idea why some people do this, anyway.
I agree. There really isn't a reason for the private profiles. I don't like the anonymous thing either. You don't have to put your real name up and you don't have to post a pic of yourself so unless you tell someone who you are there is no way for them to know. If the question is awkward or embarrassing then don't put up your real name and information of that nature.
When I answer people's questions on here I don't read their profile first. I just read the question and then answer the question. I've never felt the need to know everything about someone in order to give advice.
I hear you dude, that's why I didn't go private, I want people to know who's giving them advice and it's easier if they have a face to put with that advice. I do listen sometimes to the anonymous advice if they have a good point, but it's nicer to know their exact age and their experience so a public profile would be better.