Can't say I agree with you, Kitty.
I have crossed paths with many, many profiles which were uploaded via GEDCOM, years ago, and never touched again. Like you, I wouldn't remove a photo someone else uploaded. But many profiles have screens full of photo data, including links that refer to storage location on a remote computer somewhere, such as F:\blablabla\whatever\picture.jpg. They have zero value. I don't think respect for someone who never touched a profile even once after uploading it should have a lot of consideration, especially if there's no sign that they've been here for years.
I think, instead, keeping the needs of a future reader in mind. I like to pare it down as far as I can while still retaining any and all actual information. I've created a lot of profiles which I later orphaned. It goes with connecting unconnected profiles. For example, I attached Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson, author of Alice in Wonderland) awhile back. I put on 200+ profiles I connected, mostly by following the England Census during the Victorian period. I later orphaned them all, hoping that someone related to these people will someday stumble across them.
I leave them Open, of course, because non-open profiles require a manager. I leave the connections, a few bullet points of information (e.g. military service, often quoting a tombstone; names of parents from a birth or death certificate if I don't have dates. Sometimes I add cause of death or number of children. It's like leaving an empty room where a future resident can make themselves at home. Fix it up for themselves.
I do not like to leave profiles so that you have to search for 5+ minutes through mountains of GEDCOM nonsense to look for the most basic facts. I'm not even big on listing children in the Bio when they're already in the data fields. It's important to remember that this is a collaborative effort. There's only a handful of profiles where I think I know best, and want someone to consult me before changing. Anything where the privacy is Open, I figure that likely as not there's someone else knows better than me, and I don't want to be an obstacle to their contributions.
But that's just me. Your mileage may differ.