Like it or not, the presumed cultural context of this site is likely that of a generic American office. So if someone asks, "What are some guidelines for appropriate social drinking in a work-related context?", we should probably assume they added "...in an American office" afterwards. As the related questions above point out, this is so incredibly dependent on culture.
As much as we can discuss adding tags for various regions, or adding cultural-context to our answers, new users will most likely ignore any such conventions and just end up going on the assumption that this site mirrors their situation (most likely US office work). And anyway, do we really want answers to have a section saying, "Well, here (in Uganda) we..." in response to a question that is most likely not from anyone involved with Ugandan office culture, and isn't clear that it is referring to Ugandan culture?
I'd like to add some points to the FAQ to tackle the cultural-context issue:
- Questioners: If you don't state your cultural context clearly, we will assume you work in a Dilbert-esque American office
- Answerers: If your answer is not based on a Dilbert-esque American office cultural-context, please be clear about what the context is
- Answerers: Alternative cultural perspectives can add insight in to the question so long as they are properly labeled. Many people work in offices with people from many cultures, and/or companies that span multiple continents.
- Commenters: The world is bigger than your backyard. Do not judge an answer by the culture it talks about, judge an answer by its clarity and quality. You may not agree with giving horse meat as a souvenir to your coworkers, that doesn't mean it's a bad answer if it is clear that is a good idea if you're in Japan.
The general point is that we should have a "default" assumed context for all non-specific questions and answers. We should encourage broader cultural answers so long as they are properly labeled. And we should be clear that the goal is to judge the usefulness of the answer within its context, not make a judgment on the practices of the culture.