As many of you know, on this site we try to encourage questions to include information about the location and/or cultural context that the situations questions are about take place in. However, there is some disagreement about this policy: some members of the site have indicated that they don't see it adding much value, or that the way it's been implemented (asking every question to include location or cultural data) is unhelpful.
To get a better sense of whether this improves the site, I think it would be useful to put together a list of some examples when
- People have written answers that are applicable to one culture/location, but since the question is about a different culture/location, those answers do not work.
- There is evidence that location/cultural information in questions improved the answers questions received.
- Examples when adding location/cultural information has caused some sort of measurable harm.
I think understanding to what extent this policy is helpful, and where it is helpful (only for specific types of questions? Are we able to identify for which questions this information will be helpful before hand? Etc.) will lead to more informed discussion about the policy. I also think understanding any downsides to the policy would also create a more informed discussion.