I frequently see an appeal to identity in answers and comments - especially "As a manager myself..." - including my own. I've had a variety of reactions ranging from seeing the appeal as way of qualifying an answer to seeing it as a poorly-veiled brag.
In the professional setting, I've understood appeals to identity to be unhelpful and unnecessary. However, given the frequency that I see them in well-liked answers and from well-reputed members, I'm curious about the rationale for both including and avoiding such an appeal in posts here.
Is there a way these statements can be interpreted to be enhancing answers and comments? Or are they something to avoid (and substitute with a different reference/analysis)?