I hide mine because back in the day when I had it visible I got a lot of begging PMs and scam PMs. That's it. I always answer when people ask about what I'm wearing. I'm well aware that gaia has millions of items and it is impossible to know off the top of your head every item, so I help when I can.
If I wanna help somebody, I will also do it randomly and mostly anonymously.
I guess each person has their reason lol. There are too many items on Gaia for me to remember @_@ If I ever want to know, but they have their inventory unviewable, I just ask them and they usually answer :3
Sometimes, they have it set so only friends can PM them. I've had that happen before.
People have their reasons. I've heard a variety, from fear of combo stealing to wishing to spite people who constantly ask about making wishlists visible. I keep mine visible because a) I don't care b) I'm just a little arrogant in regards to my style, in that I feel it would be difficult to take an overall look of mine without it being obvious.
Yeah, that's kinda why I don't hide mine either. That and I don't want others to go through that same frustration when I can't find out what item a person is wearing.
Originally, it wasn't an option. After countless bawwing from babies, gaia added the option to shut them up. That's the only reason why it was done, despite the plenty of evidence of why it's rediculous.
I never saw the point to it. Even if a list is hidden, you can ask (either the person directly or someone else indirectly) and find out exactly what the items are and what pose they might be using. It's a pointless feature in my eyes. My equipped list isn't a national secret. Everyone has just as much right to increase their working knowledge of Gaia's items as I do.