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Is our site different from the other StackExchange sites in the lack of users' pictures?

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    I wonder if we have a higher-than-normal-for-SE proportion of users for whom this is their first SE site. If so, conventions from other sites might be slower to enter the collective consciousness. – Monica Cellio Oct 25 '11 at 18:33
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    @Monica, I believe that we do. See this chat (about 10 messages) for some data based on Area51 commitment stats. – Isaac Moses Oct 26 '11 at 2:00
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To your second question, it appears that the answer is yes.

I looked at the first page-worth of users (top 36 reputation-earners in the past month) on our site and a few semi-randomly chosen others. Here's how many photos including the user's (I presume) face I found on each:

  • Jewish Life and Learning - 5
  • Stack Overflow - 16
  • Personal Finance and Money - 9
  • Fitness and Nutrition - 18
  • Literature - 12

I can only speculate about why this would be. Perhaps it's related to Judaism's emphasis on modesty.

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    I don't know whether the OP was asking about user-set avatars (as opposed to default) or specifically about those that include an actual picture of the user. (Mine, for example, is the former but not the latter.) This answer address the latter question; numbers for the former are: JLL, 18; SO, 25; Money, 20; Fitness, 24; Lit, 24. If there were statistical significance in all this, I might say that that's support for your conjecture that modesty is the reason. – msh210 Oct 25 '11 at 15:00
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    I think you just called me immodest... :-) – Michael Sandler Oct 25 '11 at 15:15
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    @Michael, I'm just trying to explain a sociological phenomenon. – Isaac Moses Oct 25 '11 at 15:47
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A lot of our users like to remain anonymous, including myself. Putting up a picture would defeat that purpose...

Whether we have a greater anonymity rate than other sites is hard to tell, but if we do, "why?" would be a fair question to ask.

  • "Why" is the question in the title. It's a fair question to ask, but answers can only speculate. – Isaac Moses Oct 25 '11 at 17:40
  • @IsaacMoses true, but I've yet to see an anonymous user on our site with a real picture (although we do have some "first-namers") – yydl Oct 25 '11 at 17:43
  • OK, I guess it should be possible to make some verifiable claims. – Isaac Moses Oct 25 '11 at 17:47

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