We've put it in the FAQ, but there's still a lot of questions being asked that need location data and don't have it. I'd like to suggest that we ask the SE team to ask the user to state their location on the Ask A Question page itself.

As many people have figured out, it's incredibly important to state your location and give information about your climate, especially when you're considering changing the building envelope. The advice that I'd give regarding building envelope, insulation, penetrations of the envelope, and attic ventilation as a 2A/Hot-Humid Texan is completely different than the advice that's correct for someone living in British Columbia or even the US upper Midwest. As an example, in the US upper Midwest you would put insulation, and then a vapor barrier against the drywall. In the US deep South, putting up a vapor barrier like that would cause your drywall to rot.

Another example is that Maryland and Illinois have adopted the 2012 IECC, but all other US states are still on the 2009 code. Obviously, answers for people who are in Illinois or Maryland are going to be different.

Question askers don't necessarily know that the answer is going to depend on their region, so they don't think to state it. This has caused a lot of repeat questions, but unlike most people, I don't think that's a bad thing as long as the question is edited to make the location obvious. (That often falls on the mod team...) My main concern is that the question asker will do something completely unsuitable for their environment without knowing why or how. Answerers can't cover all the bases.

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    I'm unclear why unregistered users can ask questions. Further, registration should require location. It should require a primary location and some number of alternate locations.
    – HerrBag
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 7:41

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I'm not sure there's a way to require it. Would we close every question asking about how to paint a wall because they didn't specify where they live even if it's not relevant to the question?

Instead, I'd suggest following up with a comment asking for a person's location when it's relevant, and even casting a NARQ close vote when we don't have any feed back from the OP. When the new close votes are rolled out, I'd suggest closing immediately when it needs improvement.

When answering a generic question, it makes sense to indicate when your answer is location specific, and if possible, provide answers for different locations and scenarios. Often times, giving several answers and the pros and cons to each answer is the best way to handle an ambiguous question, and everyone learns something in the process, rather than only knowing one answer to one specific situation.

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    See also: meta.diy.stackexchange.com/a/695/2196
    – BMitch Mod
    Commented May 6, 2013 at 18:00
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    My thinking was more along the lines of just add it to the "Ask Question" form page. The reason is that we always seem to ask it in comments. One gets tired of seeing the same question asked when the information is missing from a question. Commented May 15, 2013 at 15:54

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