Facebook and other social sites or chat rooms serve this different and more social purpose.
I suppose Rag that could be true though hardly in stated mission, while few queries match the intimacy of many OP's hereabout
Your guess is as good as mine.
I wish I could unearth it, but one of our long-time contributors had explained its origin, which might account in at least some measure for the kind of participants
I suppose it's a quirk on my part harboring such curiosity about the psychological bases for postings that seem to me anyhow, comparatively bizarre. I've no intention of intrusion or ridicule
But, to provide personal info where anyone can have access to it is unwise at the very least.
Wouldn't the very same reasoning apply however to the typical a2k OP containing all sorts of personal revelations positively embarrassing to the typical Western-Hermispheric Sensitivity
Newbies are understandably more reticent….
Of course you're quite right about that. Yet I get the impression seldom if ever does such a participant yield to more revelatory urgings
It's as if almost everyone is terrified by the idea that someone might, by conducting an extensive search,, using any vitals incidentally provided, learn who he is, revealing through facility of the vast Internet and maybe even classified newspaper media, his identity and location if not home address, to the World At Large, a towering historical rejection of massive dimensions
…followed by dozens of garishly detailed pickup trucks descending upon his home one summer midnight, carrying shotguns and shouting right-wing slogans……..