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Academic systems and cultures vary widely between countries, and answers will depend heavily on this context.

I have come across many questions, where the country has not been stated – presumably because it had not occurred to the poster that this information was relevant. Now one can of course ask in the comments to add this – but this causes a delay and gets a bit repetitive.

Is there a way to encourage posters to state the country which is relevant? I was envisioning something like a drop-down menu when asking a question, or at least a line reminding posters that it might be relevant.

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    A reminder seems to be a lot more likely to happen than a drop down but even if neither happens you can still comment on questions asking the user to specify their country in question. – Memj Aug 9 '15 at 3:02
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What we (or actually Stack Exchange employees) could do is to add a tag alert for tags that are prone to be country- or field-specific.

Tag alerts are special, tag-specific info messages that pop-up whenever the author adds certain tags to a question they are composing. To such an alert in action, begin asking a question on Stack Overflow and add the SQL tag to it. You can read more about tag alerts on here. I know that at least Graphic Design and Anime & Manga also have tag alerts.

As for tags to which we could consider applying this, and come to mind. In particular could do with a tag alert anyway, as I have the feeling that we are closing a lot of questions with this tag and a tag alert could help askers to ask appropriate questions or see that their question is not appropriate for our site in the first place.

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  • Nice idea, I would also add alerts to the tags cheating, interpersonal-issues and sexual-misconduct. – Massimo Ortolano Aug 9 '15 at 15:13
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    Hey there. We recently brought those up to the Ask Ubuntu community in this meta post, so there's more context there on how you might want to proceed. – Thomas Orozco Aug 10 '15 at 11:59
  • @MassimoOrtolano: For your interest. I do not think that sexual-misconduct is a sufficiently big tag to warrant the effort, though. – Wrzlprmft Aug 16 '15 at 11:50
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Reminders don't work. On CS Theory, they modified the greyed-out text that appears in the subject line when you start a question, so it emphasizes that questions should be research-level questions about theoretical computer science. It made zero difference: they still get just as many questions about undergrad exercises and fixing Windows as they always got.

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