This subject comes up every now and again. Here on AR it is really prevalent, especially when someone disagrees with what I write. I apologize for having to explain it again. Some could say it is a type of IQ test.
I am a conservative. I make no excuse for that. For a variety of reasons, I do not post a picture of myself. Instead I post a picture of an American flag. To me, that flag is very important, and stands for many things that have been given to me by heroes who fought and died for me. Freedom is what they fought for. Freedom to disagree with my elected leaders without fear of retribution. Freedom to work harder than the guy next to me. Freedom to reap the rewards of my hard work. Freedom to practice me religion. Freedom. The best way for me to salute those heroes is to display the flag that represents what they fought for.
So when someone on AR does not like what I have to say, and they have no logical argument to demonstrate how I am wrong, they proclaim very loudly that I do not even post a picture of myself. They accuse me of being something that I am not. Maybe you can't be a real conservative unless you post a picture of yourself. Maybe your views only count if everyone knows what you look like. Not sure.
Even funnier, at least to me, is that many of the accusers comment anonymously. Or, when they do have a profile, they post no phone number. Or, two of my favorites: One person did not really own the business they claimed to, and another claimed to be a licensed real estate agent, yet their license was suspended.
I had a professor in college that gave essay exams. Remember the old Blue Book exams. He would not allow us to put our name on the finished product, only a 4 digit number. He would read and grade the essays, and then call out the numbers in class. The owner would call out their name and he would put their grade in the book. No preconcieved judgements by the professor. At least of what we looked like or what we had said in class.
A few folks in my inner circle on AR know what I look like. Many more know what my voice sounds like. But I contend that what I look like and what my voice sounds like are pretty superficial ways of judging what I have to say.