When responding to a YLF thread, especially a newer member, I do a check up on the profile linked to the creator in order to learn a bit about the individual’s fashion interests, goals, and motivations. I understand that folks need varying degrees of privacy, but that can be achieved by being selective about what you post up on the profile. You can do your fashion interests without revealing personal details like where you live, or what you do for a living.
If I open up a profile on a new poster and see nothing at all, I become suspicious that it might be a shyster, and I’m less inclined to respond.
For old hands, check your profile and see if it is still reflective of your fashion outlook.