Usually, experienced users have to ask OPs to add more details to their questions, so that the community can better answer them. But sometimes, not every detail is absolutely crucial.
And sometimes, I wonder if it is not better to modify posts in such a way, that details, that are not that important, are modified to (at least) become a bit more vague. After all, the posts are open to the public and everyone can read them.
So, should we protect well-meaning OPs from providing so much information, that people who know some facts about them, can draw conclusions from questions posted here?
This question was mainly triggered by this post, where we get a lot of detailed information, like the exact age of one of the involved persons or financial details. There is some possibility, that acquaintances, friends, relatives or even persons mentioned in the text, find it and put one and one together.
In such cases, would it be appropriate to, for example, change the age to "in his late 20ties", "in his 20ties" or even "adult"/"grown-up" or the like?
As long as the clarity and informativeness of the question is not impaired, should the protection of the privacy of the OP and the mentioned people also be a goal?
After all, some OPs may never come back (especially when told to seek professional help elsewhere) or in some other way lose access to their account (login information, forgetting about it even), yet their questions (or even answers) remain.
(Thanks to @EnglishStudent for the suggestion)
Maybe I'm a bit too sensitive, but from reading the question I learned many details that, not each on their own, but taken as a whole, give too good a picture of the family. That's why I began to wonder.
Let me put it that way: Imagine you were the son and stumbled upon that post: Age, diagnosis, relationship status (newly "found" girlfriend, introduced by father), details about parents (married for how long, details about father's job, how many children) and country all fit. Now you'd learn the background of your new girlfriend and father's role in it, and it would be hard to convince you otherwise, wouldn't it?
That's why I thought that by obscuring some details, e. g. age, diagnosis etc., readers would be less convinced about whether they know the mentioned people or not.