@band The question whether scientists like independent researchers. With affiliated researchers the risk of reading complete nonsense is smaller, but you can build up a reputation so that that box is no longer important for those who know you. Technically am also independent researcher at the moment; my project/funding just ran out.
@VictorVenema thank you for the clarification. I get it. I was a journal editor for awhile and received any number of curious papers.
@band they don't ask for institutional affiliation so I'd say go for it regardless of current affiliations