Today while logged on to the site, I saw a question from an anonymous girl, asking why her friend or boyfriend always walked ahead of them several steps.
Now in some cultures, this behavior would be considered quite normal, while in the US most people would find it bizarre to varying degrees.
But since the questioner was anonymous, I really have no idea what to say to her. Without at least a general idea of her cultural background, it's impossible to give a worthwhile answer.
Given that most questions here are anonymous, one could say that about the majority of those as well.
What most people do is ASSUME these anonymous questioners are from the US.
While the majority of users are from the US, quite a few are not; we do have a fair number from cultures where behavior in many situations is very different from what we expect here in Amerikay. And even if the questioners are from here, we in the US don't share identical cultural norms and values, do we? Something like 10% are foreign born here. Many more are still tied to their families and the corresponding country of origin.
I don't see why we don't ASK people for information on their ethnicity and cultural background when they sign up. It would be optional to give it, of course, but many users routinely give MUCH more extensive information on themselves to dating sites, and it's then spread WITH their picture all over cyberspace.
So why can't we at least ASK for it here? People would still be totally anonymous, for all practical purposes, (unless they choose to post a picture) with a colorful user name, but we could give more relevant and detailed advice if we know SOMETHING of where they have been and what they have done!!!!
And even with anonymous questions, it would be a great help if we could view that background information. We don't need the user name, just the information on cultural and ethnic background, to accompany even anonymous questions.
There would be greater involvement and interest generally if Gag didn't encourage flying blind! We might have less turnover, since there would be a greater sense of community to encourage people to stay on the site longer. AS it is, people tire of trying to advise cyber-ghosts, knowing only the approximate (18-24?.....are 18 year olds likely to have the same outlook as 24 year olds?) age and sex of the questioner in about 80% if cases.
This question comes under 'Gag community', but how can there be one when we know essentially nothing about the people asking 80% if the questions?