Given a strange, awkward or childlike OP, out of what I suppose a natural curiosity I often inquire, eg, "It might help if without revealing anything critical to your ID you could tell us something about yourself; age, sex, nat'l, ed., relig, motives, fam, etc"
On the one hand some participants have agreed with my stance, maintaining they can better respond knowing more about the OP's author but on the other I'm taken to task by a few critics as cited in the link above who accuse me, " ….'cause that's what most people feel invasive"
I can't imagine any such insight as "invasive" since I can't see how it could lead to identification of the contributor. For instance, suppose I reveal I'm an 82-year-old male American apodictical existential pantheist having a background in journ with an immediate fam of three, extended fam almost a dozen, and interested in the problems and q's of the typical esl….
…then do you honestly suppose that large numbers of other contributors would spend all morning at Google sifting through literally millions of hits in order to learn my identity
Of course I could be totally off base. Where I had once describe my critics as representing a clique terribly angry at all times about almost everything, frantically searching amongst the most innocent postings for a reason to vent their collective frustrations…..
…But then I could be dead wrong, that actually I'm some sort of impertinent, overly inquisitive pervert. Please advise