So many questions get comments "What country are you in?" "Where are you doing this?" etc. etc.

Can we add a more obvious "Add your country!" to the "Ask Question" page?

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    This has come up before and I think SE people said they couldn't. I wonder if they can now?
    – MrChrister
    Commented Sep 17, 2014 at 13:37
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    Not all questions require location. That said, I think new users should be prompted to add location on their profile. That would help a bit. Commented Sep 18, 2014 at 1:18

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This is now somewhat possible. It wouldn't show for every single question, but we do have the ability to provide more just-in-time help based on the tags that people use when posting.

Can you give me some tags where it would be pretty important for them to specify a location within the question? I might be able to make quick work of this if so :)

  • Thanks! My suggestion for tags is anything that matches "*tax*" (26 tags currently), legal, foreign-exchange, travel, "*insurance" (8 tags currently).
    – Alex B
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 15:12
  • Anyone else have any suggestions for other tags that frequently need locality and would benefit from a prompt?
    – Alex B
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 15:13
  • Retirement is one that needs a country; Social Security, 401K and IRA are US only. Commented Sep 27, 2014 at 15:34
  • I'd add "student-loan", "education-savings", "mortgage", "pmi", "healthcare", "hsa", "health-spending-account", "flexible-spending-account", "bankruptcy", "foreclosure", "vat", "gst", "withholding", "consumer-protection", "government", "regulation", "estate-planning", "will", and "trust" to the list. Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 3:17
  • I think a list of tags where the location wouldn't matter would be much shorter...
    – littleadv
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 6:05
  • Kinda seeing this as a separate feature now, since there are just so many. Matching tax* isn't hard, but there are so many one-off tags to match. What we might be able to do, and I have to look into it, is have a per-site configurable paragraph under the tag input field on the questions/ask page. This is the place to say "If your question goes beyond general fiscal advice that could equally apply to anyone regardless of location, you should consider indicating your location in your question if you'd like to receive a timely answer" or something to that effect. Lemme think on it a spell.
    – Tim Post
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 8:02
  • A per-site configurable paragraph isn't a bad idea, but on the original idea, how about a simple moderator-configurable list of tags, so the burden of maintaining such a list isn't on Stack Exchange staff? Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 19:12

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