There have been several discussions over the years about requiring all posts to have a location tag, requiring all new users to specify their location in their profile, providing a prompt for a location tag on posts that have certain other tags that are known to be location-dependent (tax, pensions, etc) or similar.

Some examples:

I feel as though recently there have been lots of posts tagged "credit score" that are not also tagged with a location. I have commented on many of them asking the user to indicate where they are, but oftentimes they get answered with a US-based answer (which, to be fair, based on purely statistical probability is probably what the asker wanted) and then the OP never comes back to indicate where they actually are - leaving the question, and answer, untagged as to location and potentially confusing other non-US readers in the future.

Have we given up attempting to find a solution to these tagging issues? It may be my confirmation bias but I don't seem to notice the same issues occurring anything like as much these days with tax or other location-specific questions, despite the lack of any actual concrete solution having been implemented.

Would it be worth editing the tag-tooltips for these tags to prominently note "SPECIFY YOUR LOCATION" or similar?

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    The simplest solution would be to ban all non-US users from posting on SE and be done with it. Even if questions are tagged with non-US locations, answerers apparently either don't read the tags, or maybe can't even imagine that the rest of the world might be different from the USA,
    – alephzero
    Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 1:43
  • At a glance there only appear to be about 15 countries that use a credit score en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_score . This may help identify which credit scoring system is in play from jargon or branding, for example a user asking about Sesame and credit would very likely be in China, or CIBIL would indicate India. So a solution might be country specific tags for the local jargon that describes the credit score system name or overseeing organization name.
    – Freiheit
    Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 13:44

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I'd go for editing the tag wikis and hoping for the best. Personally I haven't noticed the problem being particularly biased towards credit scoring questions.

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