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
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 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.

  • Nice idea, I would also add alerts to the tags cheating, interpersonal-issues and sexual-misconduct. Commented Aug 9, 2015 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. Commented Aug 10, 2015 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 Mod
    Commented Aug 16, 2015 at 11:50

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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